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, 4 May 2017
Arni Stinnissen
is another almost local amazing birder and photographer. Arni is a member of the Orillia Field Naturalists and is calling his program Birdwatching Through the Seasons - A Birder's Photographic Journey. His goal is to tell Nature's story by capturing unique one-of-a-kind images that will resonate with the viewer, stir the soul, invoke an emotion or perhaps stimulate a memory. The final compositions capture a fleeting moment, one that partrays the beauty, simplicity and fragility of nature.


Saturday, 13 May 2017 (Rain date 14 May)
Join us for the annual Great Canadian Birdathon (formerly known as the Baillie Birdathon). While the name has changed the goal remains the same: to count as many species as possible and raise funds for both the MFN and Bird Studies Canada. We will meet at Kerr Park at 7:00 a.m. Lagoon sightings will be first on the list before moving on to other birding locations. Come out for a great spring outing and be the one to find that rare bird!


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:

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

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON

Muskoka Field Naturalists