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Macnamara Field Naturalists' Club

Town: Arnprior

Ontario Nature Region: Ontario East

Enjoying, exploring and preserving nature. These are the interests of the Macnamara Field Naturalists' Club. The club, founded in 1984, was named after early Arnprior naturalist and photographer Charles Macnamara. Club members share an interest in, and passion for, nature in all its forms in the Ottawa Valley and beyond. The popular club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Arnprior Public Library and draw people from a broad area. The club produces a newsletter, The Lady's-Slipper, and bulletins giving updates on speakers and trips. Field trips bring members into close contact with nature. We howl for wolves and thrash for moose in Algonquin Provincial Park. We ski and snowshoe in the Madawaska Highlands and canoe through Conroy's Marsh. We hoot for owls near Pakenham and mingle with orchids in the White Lake Fen.

Club projects have included the release of peregrine falcons, plant and animal surveys, a native plant garden, natural area identification, and conservation efforts for Gillies Grove, a spectacular old-growth woodland in the town of Arnprior. One of the club's largest project to date has been the creation of the Macnamara Trail, an interpretive walking trail through Arnprior's Nopiming game Preserve.

Visit the Macnamara Field Naturalists' Club website for more information.

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