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Winter 2018, President’s Message

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Following in the footsteps of Kate McLaren is not easy.

The OSFN has been approached by Nature Conservancy of Canada to provide financial support for the protection of a 100 acre property on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. The Dyers Bay West property contains habitat for a number of species at risk, and is a critical connection in an area with a high concentration of conservation lands.

Their description states: “This property is relatively open and borders forests dominated by Jack Pine, Northern White Cedar and Balsam Fir. Although the property supports many other species, globally rare Dwarf Lake Iris dominates the forest floor. The globally rare and threatened Hill’s Thistle is also found on the property, along with a number of provincially rare species, including Purple-stemmed Cliff-brake, Northern Dropseed and Round-leaved Ragwort.”

The Board will be reviewing our options and keeping OSFN’s mandate in mind as we evaluate this request.

The Board has been really pleased with the active program put together by John Dickson. As usual, it is quite varied. No matter who you are, you will find something of interest. Make sure you attend some of them. A reminder, that John puts this program together by himself and it would be helpful for there to be a team who could work together. Is this something you would consider doing?

Most indoor sessions this fall have been pretty well standing room only. John, through a variety of presenters, has provided us insight into art, provincial parks, Metis history and forest health in order to address many aspects of our natural world. Again, thank you John for ensuring that we have a well-rounded program to challenge and educate us.

I welcome Julie Lamberts to the Board. Julie is new to the Owen Sound area and with her background in conservation and administration, will be a great asset to our Board.

There are many ways that members can contribute to the club and support and enhance our natural resources. It might be joining Bill Moses as he takes the initiative to reduce the impact of invasive species in the area, stewarding a property or helping Neighbourwoods North with tree planting activities; and I know that Norah Toth appreciates articles and photos being submitted for the newsletter. In the newsletter and on our website you will find a list of which Board member oversees which activity. Give them a call or send them an email.

Gordon Toth
President

Summer 2018, President’s Message

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Did I say what a great privilege it has been for me to be the OSFN president these last two years? Did I say how much I appreciate the support of the board of directors? Did I thank the volunteers, speakers and leaders who provide so much enrichment to our club? Have I described to you the wonderful times I’ve enjoyed in meetings and on hikes? Did I mention how much I have learned? (Refuting the “old dogs, new tricks” myth….)

If you attended our AGM and wonderful pot-luck supper in June, you’ll recall the struggle the Board had, trying to convince someone to be our president. It’s an issue with other organizations I am a member of and apparently it’s a problem with organizations all over the province. Even in the largest groups of effective volunteers, it’s a challenge to recruit leaders. Although that provides some form of reassurance that we’re not alone in this, it really does pose a serious question: how do we sustain the club if nobody is willing to assume some of the responsibilities? I hope all of our OSFN members will consider their own ability and willingness to step up when the need arises.

Using a tactic I believe is called “railroading” we did fill the vacancies on the board of directors.

I have promised our incoming president, Gordon Toth, that I will do my best to help him if needed. Gord had agreed earlier in the year to serve as president if, and only if, we couldn’t get anyone else to do it. So be nice to him!!! Gord’s a long-time member with a quiet strength I’m certain you will all appreciate. He’s been serving on the OSFN board for several years bringing his own experience to the table and he knows what terrific support the club and its directors will give him.

Pam Kinchen, a relatively new member but an experienced naturalist has accepted the role of vice-president, giving her time to become acquainted with the functioning of the board and our organization as a whole.

With Melanie Worth and Chuck Mitchell joining the team, we’re going to have an excellent year ahead!

My experience with this robust organization has strengthened my faith that Nature will endure, despite our human meddling.

Now, go outside!Kate McLaren
President

Last Day of NWN Hospital Planting , Saturday, 9-11am, October 27th

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

From NeighbourWoods North:

The holes have been machine dug, and now what remains is to plant, mulch and stake the 20 remaining large trees. ( see picture below ) Along with this, we need to plant about 75 of the last potted saplings. So, if you are available and you want to contribute, please join us this Saturday morning.

At 9:00am (Saturday, October 27th) we will have the unveiling of the stone marker and the celebratory plaque which will mark the achievement of the new hospital forest. The hospital will provide snacks and hot drinks. It should be a fun and satisfying conclusion to a wonderful year.

Thank you once again,
Lloyd and Gord
PS……..if you can, bring a wheel barrow, shovel and a pick.

Ready to plant!

Ready to plant!

Around the Bay with Fred – Waterfowl ID: Tips and Techniques with Fred Jazvac

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Fred Jazvac (Photo courtesy of Jim Punnet).

Fred Jazvac (Photo courtesy of Jim Punnet).

Event
Around the Bay with Fred - Waterfowl ID: Tips and Techniques with Fred Jazvac
When
Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00am - 2:00 PM -
Where
Bayshore Community Centre (map)
1900 3rd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON
Other Info
Be part of this delightful and educational birding tradition with Fred Jazvac! Meet at the front of the Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound. It is recommended to bring a lunch and to dress for a waterfront environment.

Register: Fred Jazvac, fredjazvac@gmail.com or 519.379.2323.

Limit: none

To learn even more about Fred please visit -
https://huronfringefest.wordpress.com/tag/head-coach-fred-jazvac/

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Fall Ramble with Ron Gatis

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Event
Fall Ramble with Ron Gatis
When
Sunday, October 21, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30 PM - All Ages
Where
Colpoy's Bay Trails (map)
Other Info
Tour Ron's wondrous Colpoys Bay trails, with stops to look at some of Ron's favourite trail features, including the beaver pond, and a lookout over the waters of Colpoys Bay.

Moderate, gentle terrain and easy pace along the forest paths.

No limit, but please register with John Dickson at jwdickso@gmail.com

Meeting place will be the barn foundation/ski club parking lot on the east side of Bruce County Road 9, just on the northern edge of the village of Colpoys Bay.

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Marshall Woods Old Growth Forest Hike

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
Event
Marshall Woods Old Growth Forest Hike
When
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:30am - 1 PM - All Ages
Where
Marshall Woods (map)
2/3 km south of side rd 3 & side rd 4 corner
Other Info
Marshall Woods Old Growth Forest Hike with Bob Knapp.

Maximum 16 participants: Please pre-register by email or phone: rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519 371 1255.

Meet at the Grey Roots Museum Parking Lot (close to entrance) at 9:30am to Car Pool or at Bruce Trail access for Marshall Woods (only cancelled if rain is heavy)

Distance 6 km, bring water and snack

Bob Knapp measuring a really old cedar tree. (Photo by Brian Robin)

Bob Knapp measuring a really old cedar tree. (Photo by Brian Robin)


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All Things Woody with Bill Moses at the Inglis Falls Arboretum

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

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Event
All Things Woody with Bill Moses at the Inglis Falls Arboretum
When
Monday, October 8, 2018
10:00am - 12 Noon - All Ages
Where
Arboretum, Grey Sauble Conservation Headquarters (map)
Other Info
All Things Woody with Bill Moses at the Inglis Falls Arboretum (by GSCA HQ).

Learn about woody plants, seed collecting. Each participant is to bring along at least one sample of a woody plant that they want identified. (Bill will have several.) ID books welcome.

Register: Bill Moses bill.mosesos@gmail.com

Limit: 12

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Interpretive Hike at Hoggs Falls on the Boyne River

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Event
Interpretive Hike at Hoggs Falls on the Boyne River
When
Thursday, October 4, 2018
10:30am - 2-2:30PM -
Where
Hogg's Falls (map)
Lower Valley Rd,
Flesherton
Other Info
*** Please Note the New Date ***

Interpretive 5KM hike of moderate difficulty at Hogg's Falls on the Boyne River with John Burton. Learn ecology of the upper Beaver Valley, the Bruce Trail and about the 5year campaign to control Garlic Mustard.

Bring lunch for a break by the falls.

Register at jburtonesp@yahoo.ca 519-379-4823

Instructions and directions for where to meet - the parking area for Hogg's Falls - will be sent to those registering.

Those wishing to carpool from the Owen Sound can do so by meeting between 9:30-and 9:45AM Thursday October 4th at the Centennial tower parking lot at the brow of the hill that is 9th Ave E., and Hwys 6 & 10, and can also confirm this plan with John Dickson at jwdickso@gmail.com

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Annual Potluck Supper & Presentation, Guest Speaker Robert Bowles: Damsels and Dragons

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
Event
Annual Potluck Supper & Presentation, Guest Speaker Robert Bowles: Damsels and Dragons
When
Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:00pm - All Ages
Where
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (map)
865 1st Ave. West, Owen Sound (near the library)
Other Info
Please note the time and location: 6PM Sharp, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 865 1st Ave. W, Owen Sound

Bring your own plates, cutlery and cup or mug, and bring a food dish to share, along with serving utensils.

7PM – Robert Bowles: Damsels and Dragons

A former Grey County farm boy, Bob Bowles shares his in-depth knowledge and passion about damselflies and dragonflies plus the Ontario Master Naturalist Program.

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Rocks and Rock Formations in the Owen Sound Area

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
Event
Rocks and Rock Formations in the Owen Sound Area
When
Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library (map)
824 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4
Other Info
Rocks and Rock Formations in the Owen Sound Area with Bob Knapp.

An illustrated talk on the rich variety of rock formations in our own backyard. Looking at cliffs, crevices, erratics and a variety of features that make up the Niagara Escarpment. A chance to appreciate and learn more about these amazing structures.

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