WELCOME to the online home of the Muskoka Field Naturalists. We are an enthusiastic group of more than 100 individuals with a keen interest in nature who participate in a wide variety of activities. We hope that you like what you see and will want to join us!

Come out to our monthly meetings and enjoy presentations on fascinating natural history topics. New members and visitors of all ages are always welcome!

Join us on one of our regular outings in the Muskoka area and beyond. Winter finds us on snowshoes searching for tracks in the local woods. In spring and summer we are in pursuit of birds and butterflies. When the leaves change colour we enjoy a fall fungi foray.

Each year MFN members also participate in a number of nature counts and projects. Find one that interests you. No experience necessary.

Want to know what to see and where to go in Muskoka? Check out our Go Wild pages for information on the flora and fauna of Muskoka and insider information on local "hotspots".

What interesting things have we seen lately? Read about our members' field experiences in our Encounters section.

Are you more of an armchair naturalist? Want to know what's on our bedside tables? Browse our Good Reads page for great suggestions for your reading list.

Test your identification skills with our monthly Quiz.

Still not sure that MFN is for you? Enjoy reading past issues of our club newsletter, Wakerobin, to see what you have been missing!

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All meetings will now be held in Gravenhurst at the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre (Grace and Speed Museum), located at 275 Steamship Bay Road off Hwy. 169 N (towards Bala).

Thursday, 3 May 2018
Permethrin: Perfectly legal perfectly lethal.
Permethrin is a broad spectrum synthetic pesticide and is registered for use in a wide variety of contexts. It is a neurotoxin, which means it interferes with normal nerve function, and it is highly toxic to insects, including our pollinators. Dr. Chris Brew's presentation seeks to raise awareness of the deleterious effects of permethrin on our wildlife, and to highlight the implications for all non-target species, including humans.


Saturday, 12 May 2018 (rain date 13 May)
The Great Canadian Birdathon
- Meet at Kerr Park at 7:00 a.m. Lagoon sightings will be first on the list before moving on to traditional birding locations. The goal is to count species, not birds, so lots of territory will be covered. Carpooling can be arranged before setting out from Kerr Park. Pledges collected are sent to Bird Studies Canada with the MFN receiving 25% of the proceeds. Come out for a great spring outing and be the one to find that rare species.

Muskoka Field Naturalists