Monday, October 15th Meeting

Please note that this meeting will be held at the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall,  corner of Wellington and Strachan Streets, Port Burwell, Ontario.

Bats and White Nose Syndrome – Liv Monck-Whipp

White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease affecting North American bats.  It has killed millions of North American bats.  The condition is named for a fungal growth around the noses and wings of hibernating bats.  It has rapidly spread from 2006 when it was first noticed in New York State.

Liv Monck-Whipp is a conservation biology assistant in the Ontario Region for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. She has studied bat landscape ecology, has a MSc from Carleton University and BSc in zoology from the University of Guelph.

Outside of work, Liv creates nature satires and comics at


Meeting Location Change for 2018

Most 2018 meetings are  now held at the Straffordville Community Centre, which is at 56169 Heritage Line, Straffordville, Ontario.  Time is 7:00 p.m.  Meet in the Trackless Room.

What is the OVN?

The Otter Valley Naturalists consists of about 50 members.  We are members of a much larger provincial body known as Ontario Nature (ON). Ontario Nature includes over 160 clubs and over 35,000 members from across the province of Ontario.

The OVN meets monthly, usually the 2nd Monday of each month, September through June, at the Vienna Community Centre.  The club  has speakers and activities every month. Some of the activities include: the Christmas Bird Count, the Baillie Birdathon (in Conjunction with Bird Studies Canada), a summer butterfly count, Monarch Butterfly tagging, a spring cleanup, nature walks, education and outreach, habitat creation and rehabilitation projects.

We look forward to seeing you!