To become a member of the Midland/Penetanguishene Naturalists you must, most of all, enjoy a walk in the woods.
You must respect the living world around us. We believe a naturalist is one who enjoys and supports the natural world in its great variety.
Of course there are fees.
Here is how you can join the MPFN or renew your club membership.
Make an E-transfer to Treasurer@mpfn.xyz
You can do this without any need for a security question or password and it will go directly into the club bank account. Please note in the comments of the E-transfer your contact details including your name, the names of other family members if purchasing a family membership, your street address, email address (so we can send you our email newsletter, outing reminders and updates) and phone numbers (handy to have as an emergency contact). If you are renewing, please include any changes to your contact details since your last dues payment.
Send your cheque by snail mail to Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists:
Box 393 Midland, ON L4R 4L1. Make sure you include a note with your contact details or, if renewing, any changes to those contact details.
Pay in person at one of our outings.
There are no outings scheduled at the present time but we hope to resume them as soon as the local health authorities allow. Usually an executive member is present at these outings and able to accept payment.
Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists
A message from Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists President Susan Hirst:
Happy New Year to all our club members! I miss seeing everyone in person and hope we can meet again soon. Meanwhile, stay safe, enjoy nature, watch our Zoom presentations, and renew your membership if you can.
As we say goodbye (and good riddance to 2020) it’s time for Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists members to do what they can to support the continuance of this great club by paying their dues.
Earlier this year the club executive decided to switch from having all memberships come due in September at the beginning of the program year to having them come due in January at the beginning of the calendar year.
A few members are already paid up for 2021 either by virtue of having paid their dues early or by having joined the club late in the 2019/20 season.
For all others now is the time to dig in and support the club.
No change in the membership fees – $25 single membership, $45 Family membership, under 30 Free.
The executive recognizes that these are unusual and difficult times so they have decided that no memberships will be suspended for non-payment of dues until we can resume our normal programmes and activities.
That said, we hope you will do whatever you can to support our club as we work to complete our mission:
To study and
To protect and preserve wildlife
and the environment.
To stimulate public interest in,
and promote protection
and preservation of nature.
Changes to the membership renewal dates and
Special Considerations due to Covid-19
The executive has decided not to ask members to renew their membership dues at this time. MPFN memberships previously operated on a September to August term. All memberships came due at the same time in September at the start of the Program Year. The executive has decided to move to having memberships come due on a calendar year basis. That is, all memberships will come due on Jan. 1st of the calendar year. Hopefully by January 2021 the club will be able to get back to a more normal program, either virtually or in person. Your dues at that time will help to support that. Other groups in the area, such as Nature Barrie, operate in a similar fashion, with a membership year that is not necessarily in sync with their program year.
A few members have already paid dues for the 2019/20 season. Those members will have their membership extended so that their next due date will be Jan. 1, 2022. For everyone else, your due date is now Jan. 1, 2021. No change in membership fees: Family $45, Adult $25, Under 30 Free.
The executive also decided that during the pandemic emergency, no memberships will be suspended for non-payment of dues. If anyone would rather make a donation, small or otherwise, instead of the standard membership fees, that will be gratefully accepted.
Where and when we meet
We meet at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Highway 12 Midland, on the third Thursday of each month, except in December.
In December we have a pot-luck dinner and blind-auction on the evening of the “the Christmas Bird Count” which takes place on a Saturday before the Christmas holiday.