Photo Credit: American Copper Butterfly by Ben Anderman

Photo Credit: Frog by Ben Anderman
Photo Credit: Canada Geese by Ben Anderman

Welcome Nature Lovers!

Renfrew County, in the Upper Ottawa Valley of Eastern Ontario has a great wealth of intact ecosystems and thriving rich biodiversity. Getting folks of all ages out to enjoy these vast riches is what this website is all about.

You will find here a collection of resources to help you find and enjoy dozens of beautiful natural areas, identify species of plants and animals that you see there, view other people's photos and notes of their visits and share your own observations. There is also a primer on Citizen Science that points to many channels for sharing your observations with conservation and naturalist groups all over North America.

 This website is a work in progress, please send us an email with any comments or suggestions you might have. We'd appreciate your feedback! info@ottawariverinstitute.ca

Recent Nature Notebook Blog posts

  • Join us on May 5 in the Griffith Uplands The Ottawa River Institute AGM will be held in Matawatchan on Sunday May 5th at 11:30 am. The meeting will be followed by a hike in the Griffith Uplands ...
    Posted May 3, 2013, 9:43 AM by Lynn Jones
  • May 1 visit to Macnamara Trail Ole and John visited the Macnamara trail on May 1, 2013. They saw about 30 species of birds. Highlights included a flock of Rusty Blackbirds, male Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers competing ...
    Posted May 2, 2013, 7:06 PM by john almstedt
  • Snake River Paddle John and Ole spent a day paddling through the Mink Creek and Snake River last week (April 23, 2013). They learned lots of interesting things about the area and posted ...
    Posted May 2, 2013, 6:56 PM by john almstedt
  • Large mammalian visitors to our Morrison Island bird feeder These critters were regular visitors to our bird feeder this winter, mopping up seed that the squirrels spilled and munching on the white cedars.
    Posted May 3, 2013, 10:11 AM by Lynn Jones

  • Posted May 2, 2013, 6:49 PM by john almstedt
  • Trip report - Griffith Uplands, Ole and John Ole and John checked out the Griffith Uplands on March 7, 2013. Their trip report along with photos is posted here.The trip was memorable for hard slogging through deep ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2013, 12:36 PM by Lynn Jones

  • Posted May 2, 2013, 6:49 PM by john almstedt
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