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, 6 December 2018
Meeting & Auction - Anne Curley,
Director of the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre, will walk us through their amazing "Watershed Wonders: Past, Present, and Future" new permanent exhibit. You'll experience the beauty of the biodiversity of the Muskoka Watershed and learn about at risk and invasive species. You'll also discover the challenges our watershed faces due to human impacts and how you can make a difference.

Also a silent auction is on the agenda. Same format as last June (the belated Christmas program). Buy a string of tickets and put them in a bag for whatever item you want and hope to have your number pulled! Please consider bringing items for the auction. Food items are always a big hit. We all have to eat!

Eat! Drink! and be Merry! - Refreshments are called for, i.e. Christmas baking and juice.




NEXT OUTING:

Sunday, 16 December 2018
Christmas Bird Count and Pot-Luck Supper - Plan to join us! 
Counters will meet at 9 a.m. at the rear of the post office in Bracebridge or McDonalds' in Gravenhurst. Bring binoculars, warm clothes, field guides, lunch (or plan a Tim Horton's stop).  Re-Assemble at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Bracebridge between 4:00 and 5:00 for some warm-up refreshments followed by our annual pot-luck! Top last year's numbers by joining a team and bone-up on your birding skills!  If you have a birding question, call Al at 645-2848. For a supper question, call Gayle Carlyle, the pot-luck coordinator, at 705-689-1600.


OF INTEREST:

The Muskoka Discovery Centre, Gravenhurst, is hosting a speaker series. A couple of the talks might be of special interest to field naturalists. The talks begin at 2:00 p.m. Admission by donation:

Sunday 20 January 2019
Art and Knowledge for Plankton - Forging the Link in Watershed Wonders
Delve into the world of Daphnia, Diatoms and Drawings as we explore the incredible collaboration of Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Norman Yan, and local artist Lynda Lynn on their work together.

Sunday 3 February 2019
Birds of the Muskoka Watershed.
Join Mike Burrell as he waxes about waxwings, warblers, and other winged friends of the Muskoka Watershed.

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Muskoka Field Naturalists