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".

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.

Still not sure that MFN is for you? Check out our listings of past meetings and outings to see what you have been missing!

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NEXT MEETING:

NEW MEETING LOCATION!
MFN is returning to Bracebridge!
February through June meetings will be held at the Bracebridge United Church, 46 Dominion Street. Plenty of public parking is available in the lot behind the church and the Bracebridge Public Library. Enter through the doors across from the Bracebridge Centre for Active Living.
September through January meetings are 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, 4 April 2019
Updates on our Favourite Jay!
University of Guelph graduate Alex Sutton will discuss recent Canada Jay research in Algonquin Park. Alex has interesting photos taken during the research period.


NEXT OUTING:

Saturday, 11 May 2019 (Rain Date 12 May)
The Great Canadian Birdathon
Meet at Kerr Park at 7:00 a.m. to car pool. 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. Pledges collected are sent to Bird Studies Canada with MFN receiving 25% of the proceeds. Come out for a great spring outing and be the one to find that rare species.



OF INTEREST:

Muskoka birders mark your calendars for an upcoming talk, part of the Speaker Series held at the Muskoka Discovery Centre (Grace and Speed Museum), Gravenhurst:

28 April 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
"Best Places to Bird in Ontario"

Since he was a kid, Mike Burrell has been obsessed with birds and traveled across the province in search of them. He'll share his favourite spots, strategies for finding birds, and how he and his brother, Ken, decided which spots would make the cut for their new book, Best Places to Bird in Ontario. Mike has been birding since he was old enough to hold a pair of binoculars. He hold Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees and is passionate about the natural history of Ontario. Based in Peterborough, Ontario, he has conducted fieldwork around the province for private industry, Bird Studies Canada, and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Mike will have copies of his book available for purchase after the talk.
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Muskoka Field Naturalists