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Summer 2017, President’s Message

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

This year the summer solstice brought deep sadness to our club and to my neighbourhood. Freeman Boyd was one of our original OSFN founders. He was integral to the club’s ongoing vitality with his keen mind and broad interests. Many knew him as a mushroom expert, or as a birder, a farmer or philosopher. I knew him as a dear friend and neighbour for 35 years. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.

It is another reminder that life is fleeting. We know we are only here for a very short while. All living things will eventually die – must die – to foster new cycles of life. Freeman had recently recommended The Hidden Life of Trees as a good book to read. He was so right! The patterns and relationships of life and death in forest communities are incredibly complex. It is easy to see the parallels with our human communities.

In our OSFN community there is a deep abundance of knowledge about various aspects of the natural world. The monthly (Thursday evenings) indoor series offers education, entertainment and wonder from a wide array of speakers. And there are snacks! An excursion on an OSFN outing with members always astonishes me with the depth and breadth to be found in our midst. It gives me hope when so much else seems bent on destroying our natural world: political ignorance, invasive species, urban sprawl, pollution, climate change. Etcetera.

Perhaps that’s the key to sustaining hope for the future: focus on what’s here, now. Learn what one can promote or protect; take what action is possible. Celebrate nature’s amazing diversity, share this passion with others, cultivate positive change.

The OSFN, with generous support from Caframo, is cultivating a new crop of naturalists in a number of ways. The funds from Caframo are targeted mainly toward youth activities. Two youths were sponsored for Camp Kawartha for one week this summer. Then in September two high-school students are sponsored for the OnNature Youth Summit at Lake Couchiching. And of course our own Young Naturalists program offers local outings monthly on Sundays for kids 7 – 12. Please get in touch with one of us on the OSFN Board of Directors if you know someone who would enjoy any of these opportunities.

This week I learned a new word : biophilia. “Love of all living things.” I also learned about a new pathology: Nature Deficit Disorder. Look it up. Then go outside!

Kate McLaren, President

All Things Woody with Bill Moses at the Inglis Falls Arboretum

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Event
All Things Woody with Bill Moses at the Inglis Falls Arboretum
When
Monday, October 9, 2017
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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Angie Littlefiled: Tom Thomson – Naturalist and Artist

Friday, September 8th, 2017
Event
Angie Littlefiled: Tom Thomson - Naturalist and Artist
When
Thursday, December 14, 2017
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library (map)
824 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4
Other Info
Commemorating Thomson's Nature Art and the contemporary Naturalists who influenced him.

Angie Littlefield will illustrate the in-depth “Nature” knowledge of Tom Thomson, enhanced by his personal connections with four prominent Naturalists from his time.

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Nature Conservancy Canada, John Lounds and Esme Batten

Friday, September 8th, 2017
Event
Nature Conservancy Canada, John Lounds and Esme Batten
When
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library (map)
824 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4
Other Info
Nature Conservancy Canada - NCC President and CEO John Lounds, and Esme Batten, Coordinator, Conservation Biology Saugeen Bruce Peninsula will team up to share with you, NCC's history, accomplishments, current projects and future visions, nationally and locally. Learn about Canada's preeminent Conservation organization first hand.

Esme Batten


Esme Batten and a Queen snake. (Supplied Photo)

Esme Batten and a Queen snake. (Supplied Photo)


Esme is an assistant conservation biologist for midwestern Ontario with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), and has a background in environmental science from Carleton University.

As a lover of natural history, Esme is lucky to live on the Northern Bruce Peninsula where she spends most of her free time birding, botanizing, herping, hiking and generally enjoying the outdoors.

 

 

John Lounds



John Lounds. (Supplied Photo)

John Lounds. (Supplied Photo)



President & CEO

Leading the helm of Canada's largest non-profit conservation organization is no small task. It requires plenty of energy and passion.

There's no question that the President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), John Lounds, is passionate about what he does.

A passion for nature and conservation

John Lounds’s passion for conservation and appreciation of nature was developed while growing up in rural Ontario and spending late summers at a family cottage. John then applied these interests at university, obtaining his undergraduate degree in environmental studies (urban and rural planning) from the University of Waterloo and then a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University.

Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), John was the Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature) for six years. Previous to that, he also held several positions with the Government of Ontario, including as a program director for the Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy, a management board analyst for the ministries of Environment and Northern Development and Mines and an energy conservation planner with the Ministry of Energy.

Leading the way for conservation success

John joined NCC as its president and CEO in October 1997. Through his leadership, NCC has further defined its unique role as an organization that works with individuals and groups across Canada who share NCC’s passion for land conservation. NCC uses creative means to achieve this goal.

Under John’s leadership, NCC has achieved great success, having grown from an annual budget of $8 million in 1997 to approximately $80 million by 2017. In the process NCC has helped conserve 2,800,000 acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant lands across Canada since 1962. While NCC has accomplished much over the past decade, in John’s view, “there is so much more to do.”

John is a governor of the University of Waterloo, and was previously a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. He has served as a director of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, the Smart Prosperity Initiative, the International Land Conservation Network and on the Canadian councils of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Born in Brantford, Ontario and raised in Meaford, John enjoys outdoor pursuits, particularly canoeing, birding and cross-country skiing. He is also an avid traveller, having explored various parts of the world, including Japan, India, Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.

John is married to Ellen McRae, and has four step-children: Aimee, Scott, Ed and Melanie.

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Petrel Point walk with Sydenham Bruce Trail Club, Sept 7.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Join Barbara Palmer and members of the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club on Thursday morning, September 7, for a leisurely walk at Petrel Point Nature Reserve to enjoy wildflowers, including lots of asters and goldenrods! We plan to check out some other nature spots close-by. Bring lunch, rain gear, and insect repellent, just in case.

Contact Barbara at 519-372-0355 or barbara_p@rogers.com for meeting place and time.

Early Monarch Tagging Event

Monday, August 28th, 2017
Photo © Kerry Jarvis

Photo © Kerry Jarvis

Event
Early Monarch Tagging Event
When
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
10:00am - noon - All Ages
Where
Big Flag (map)
Foot of High Street
Southampton
Other Info
Monarchs are on the move early! In addition to the originally scheduled Sept. 2 outing, OSFN members are invited to the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores Community Tagging Day, Tuesday August 29 - 10AM to 12 Noon.

Join Kerry and Melitta near the big flag at the foot of High Street, Southampton.

Sturdy footwear urged. Butterfly nets welcome, some available for use.

Register: butterflygardensofss@gmail.com

For more info about the Butterfly Gardens at the BGOSS Website, including a monarch tagging video.

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Marshall Woods Old Growth Forest Hike

Friday, August 18th, 2017
Event
Marshall Woods Old Growth Forest Hike
When
Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:30am - 1:00 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 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)

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A Look at the Mysteries of Colpoys Creek – a Disappearing and Re-Appearing Stream

Friday, August 18th, 2017
Event
A Look at the Mysteries of Colpoys Creek - a Disappearing and Re-Appearing Stream
When
Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:30pm - 4:30 pm - All Ages
Where
To Be Determined (map)
Other Info
Join Bob Gray on this fascinating tour of discovery in our own back yard.

Meet at the Colpoy's Bay dock as a starting point.

For location, etc., please register with Bob at kemblemt@xplornet.ca or 519-371-9128

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Rock Stars of the West Rocks: Ferns in abundance Hike B

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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*** NOTICE – This event is currently full! ***

Event
Rock Stars of the West Rocks: Ferns in abundance Hike B
When
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9:00am - noon. - All Ages
Where
West Rocks (map)
Owen Sound
Other Info
Join Peter Middleton to explore the rich diversity of fern species and habitats, that make the West Rocks one of Owen Sound’s natural gems.

This is the second part of a series, see also Fern Hike A.

Trip difficulty:
  • Washrooms are not available during the hike.

  • Walking is over woodland trails with exposed rock ridges. Good walking shoes are advised.

  • Water, snacks, sun block and insect repellent should be carried.

Meeting place:
  • Parking area on Concession 3 Derby, north of Co. Rd. #5 (Creamery Hill).


Suggested limit 8, Please register at letham.middleton@icloud.com
or telephone directly (519) 376 - 3242.

(rain date - later the same day - time TBA)

Fern

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Rock Stars of the West Rocks: Ferns in abundance Hike A

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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*** NOTICE – This event is currently full! ***

Event
Rock Stars of the West Rocks: Ferns in abundance Hike A
When
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:00am - noon. - All Ages
Where
West Rocks (map)
Owen Sound
Other Info
Join Peter Middleton to explore the rich diversity of fern species and habitats, that make the West Rocks one of Owen Sound’s natural gems.

This is the first part of a series, see also Fern Hike B.

Trip difficulty:
  • Washrooms are not available during the hike.

  • Walking is over woodland trails with exposed rock ridges. Good walking shoes are advised.

  • Water, snacks, sun block and insect repellent should be carried.

Meeting place:
  • Parking area on Concession 3 Derby, north of Co. Rd. #5 (Creamery Hill).


Suggested limit 8, Please register at letham.middleton@icloud.com
or telephone directly (519) 376 - 3242.

(rain date - later the same day - time TBA)

Fern

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