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Science & NatureGet up close to dragons and damsels as MVFN’s nature series begins

Get up close to dragons and damsels as MVFN’s nature series begins

On Thursday September 15, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) begin a new season of natural history talks— this year’s theme is ‘Wild Creature Close-Ups.’

Be prepared to meet “Dragons and Damsels” as our series kicks off with speaker Colin Jones’ presentation, “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ontario.” Our speaker co-wrote the excellent book: Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the Surrounding Area and is a regular at Algonquin Park insect counts.

As well as being a co-author of several other authoritative guides, Colin is an avid naturalist and expert in many areas, and currently Arthropod specialist (this includes insects!) with the Natural Heritage Information Centre of MNRF.

The presentation begins at 7:30 pm at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. Everyone is welcome ($5 fee) and entrance is free for youth 18 years and under, and for MVFN members.

For full details please see the story by Cheryl Morris-Putnam at

Dragon: a Four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata). Photo by Pauline Donaldson
Damsel: an Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata). Photo by Pauline Donaldson

NOTE: Both photos taken on Mississippi River at Almonte

All of MVFN’s natural history talks are on third Thursdays, i.e. in the months of Sept, Oct, Nov and January through April. Presentations start at 7:30 pm and take place at the Almonte United Church. An exception this season, will be our January 2017 event, which will take place at the Almonte Old Town Hall. On that day, Jan 19th, there will be a special screening of Director Su Rynard’s film The Messenger. For further details about MVFN and the 2016-2017 Natural History presentations, visit MVFN at Mississippi Mills At-a-Glance,, or contact Gretta Bradley at Our October 20th presentation will be by Trent University Biologist Tyler Wheeldon: Wolves of Ontario.




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