Annual Bird Count – Saturday, May 18

It’s that time of year again!

Join us bright and early for the Friends of Murphys Point Park Annual Bird Count on Saturday, May 18! We will meet at the visitor centre for 6 a.m., where we will split into teams before heading out to discover a world of newly arrived spring migrants. If 6 a.m. is a bit too early, we will be regrouping at 8 a.m. at the Lally Homestead for a quick break before continuing in different habitats. New birders are welcome to join us (a few pairs of binoculars will be available at both locations), but please note this is not designed as a “beginner’s workshop.” We will likely finish mid-to-late morning.

Since the park is already open, there will be the usual park fee per vehicle ($14.50 regular /$11.50 senior).

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New Hike Series in Partnership with Rideau Trail Association

Check out this exciting new monthly hike series – starting May 15! RTA Monthly Hikes

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Join us on May 5 for AGM!

Hello Friends (and potential Friends!)

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 5, 2019 and please join us for our Annual General Meeting. Learn about Friends activities, meet directors and consider getting involved with an exciting new project that focuses on the Lally Homestead.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Lally Homestead in the drive shed (ski chalet). The AGM portion will be quick. Afterwards, hear about some of the park’s interpretive themes and join us for a walk around the Lally Homestead site and a brainstorming session. We’re looking at the Lally Homestead as a place of living history, a community space, a place to engage nature through the interesting ecology in the area, and a place to embrace Indigenous history. We want to focus on a few specific components and would love to hear your ideas on how to move forward!

Come prepared to do a little walking. There will be some light refreshments.

For the AGM, paid-up members have voting status at the meeting. Memberships are $10 and can be renewed through the website at or at the meeting (cash or cheque). Amounts over the $10 membership fee as donations will receive a tax receipt. Please encourage a friend to become a Friend or consider making a donation.

Directors will be elected during the AGM. If you’d like to get involved, this is a great opportunity! If you have questions, please e-mail As always, we welcome new volunteers to work on committees and with other projects, so if you are interested in finding out more, be sure to come or contact any director.

We hope to see you on the 5th. Bring your friends!


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