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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NEXT MEETING:

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, 1 June 2017
Join us for a presentation on Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The park is part of the famous 30,000 Islands and is characterized by windswept white pines, granite shores, verdant forests and sandy beaches. The park itself is made up of 63 islands stretching from Honey Harbour north to Twelve Mile Bay. The Park's largest island, Beausoleil, straddles the transition zone from hardwood forest to the boreal Canadian Shield, which results in a mixing of northern and southern species. Nature lovers are drawn to the diversity of the park, which includes more reptile and amphibian species than any other national park in Canada.




NEXT OUTING:

Monday, 12 June 2017
Torrance Barrens Evening Birdsong
A joint outing with the Huntsville Nature Club! Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Park in Bala (3070 Muskoka Road 169 on Lake Muskoka) for picnic supper and social hour. At 7:30 p.m.drive to Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve parking lot where George Bryant will lead the group in search of some of the interesting flowering plants on the barrens and help i.d the many songbirds such as Eastern Towhee, Hermit Thrush, Field Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, and Common Nighthawk. Just after sunset we should hear the emphatic whistle of Eastern Whip-poor-wills. Insect jackets and head nets recommended.

OF INTEREST:

Haliburton Bioblitz
This spring the Haliburton Highlands Trust is sponsoring a bioblitz. Although still in the planning stages, here are a few details provided by Ed Poropat who is organizing the event:

Where: Dahl Forest. A beautiful 400 acre property that straddles the pristine Burnt River, S of Gelert, ON in Haliburton County. Some of you might recognize the site as it is where Common Sanddragon was first discovered in Haliburton County.

When: Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, June 25th

Time: 11:00am to 11:00am.

There will be an area set aside for camping, for those that would prefer to do that. Feel free to come for a few hours or for the entire 24hour period. I would love to collect data on as many taxa as possible, but this will obviously depend on the expertise available. I am hoping to have some short guided hikes for the general public throughout the day, focused on different groups of plants or animals.
Please feel free to contact me and let me know if you might be interested in participating, and what taxa you could assist with. Also, please feel free to share this with friends/acquaintances that might also be keen to assist.

For more information:
http://www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Land-Trust-Discovery-Days-2017-Brochure-PDF.pdf


Or contact Ed to sign up at:  ed.barb@sympatico.ca

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON






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