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Wildflower Hike of the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club, led by Barbara Palmer

Friday, May 11th, 2018
Event
Wildflower Hike of the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club, led by Barbara Palmer
When
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
9:15am - All Ages
Where
No Map Yet (map)
Owen Sound
Other Info
Owen Sound Field Naturalists are invited to join the Wildflower Hike of the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club, led by Barbara Palmer on Tuesday, May 15th.

Please note that pre-registration is required.

To carpool or convoy from Owen Sound please meet at the Galaxy Theatre ( GXT) parking lot. Meet in the parking lot at the tall Galaxy Centre sign next to the traffic lights. 1020 10th St. W, Owen Sound

Please see the rest of the information provided below for this hike in the Hope Bay area. Special thanks to Peter Harris and Barbara Palmer for arranging to invite and include OSFN members who are "more than welcome."

Tuesday May 15
Meet: 9:15 am at GXT
Hike Location: Hope Bay Area

Enjoy beautiful vistas over Hope Bay and loads of wildflowers. This will be a loop hike lasting about 2.5 hours. There will be some steep & rocky sections. Bring a lunch. Please register with the hike leader before the day of the hike.
Map Reference: Map 37
Terrain = Moderate / Strenuous Pace = Medium
Hike Leader: Barbara Palmer
Contact Info.: Phone 519-372-0355
barbara_p@rogers.com

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Nature Club News, May, 2018

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

NATURE CLUB NEWS MAY 2018

by John Dickson

A version of this column appeared in the OS Sun Times on Thursday April 5, 2018.


Dan Ostler’s April 12th presentation about climate change 1500 years ago was comprehensive and illuminating, linking volcanic eruptions to changes in temperatures and growing conditions, and the plague.

Dan Ostler

Dan Ostler

The results of these natural phenomena included blocked sunlight radiation and cooler temperatures, which affected the growth of grain and other food crops, leading to starvation, and to disease from spoiled food sources. Human population growth was then stalled, (and in some cases devastated) and so was the advance of civilization in the population centres of Europe and even Central America. It took a while for the climate to get back closer to the previous normal for plant growth and animal sustenance. Comments from audience members included this one from long time OSFN member, Jim Coles – “I thought the lecture Thursday evening was one of the best I’d heard anywhere – very informative and very professionally presented. A great mix of history and current facts.”


On April 19, Bob Knapp led a tour of the trails at Hibou, shared with OSFN, and the Friends of Hibou. Highlights included seeing the huge poplar trees that are still there, on the inland trails, and the high water levels along the shore.

The next day he also led a tour of the Kemble Rock property with OSFN and Sydenham Bruce Trail Club members. Highlights on this hike included two separate sightings of an American Woodcock.

Of note too, is that in the first two to three weeks of April there seemed to have been more snowfall, locally, than we had received here in the entire month of January 2018. Snowshoes were needed for both of these outings, which had not been expected when these hikes were initially planned. Nature certainly keeps us guessing!


On Sunday April 22, OSFN presented its third Annual Earth Day Keynote Address, this year featuring Canada’s “Indiana Jones” – Adam Shoalts. This popular speaker is also an author, an archaeologist, a naturalist, and an explorer. On this, his third talk in Owen Sound, he shared many images and stories of his 4000 kilometre solo journey by canoe and portage, from the Alaska Yukon border east all the way to Baker Lake, near Hudson Bay, as his personal way of celebrating Canada 150 last summer. He also adroitly modified his talk to celebrate Earth Day with this audience of naturalists. The capacity crowd had plenty of questions and many of them chatted with Shoalts as they purchased his books afterward. The event was held on board the Chi Cheemaun and was sponsored by Caframo. Proceeds from this event are being directed to fund OSFN’s youth projects.


Owen Sound Field Naturalists is also continuing to support the Bluewater Science Fair, with awards going to presenters with nature and environment themes.

We have received a detailed ‘Thank you’ for the Owen Sound Field Naturalists award from Bluewater Science Fair participant, Alex Burling, outlining the silver medal winning project that involved the digestion of plastic by meal worms. Congratulations Alex!

Mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, capable of digesting plastics and kale. (Photo By Brian Robin)

Mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, also capable of eating plastics. (Photo By Brian Robin)


On April 28 – NeighbourWoods North began its tree planting programme at the hospital. Committee Chair Lloyd Lewis reports –

On a cold and windy grey morning, about 40 community tree planters descended to the hospital grounds at 8:30am in order to plant and eventually create a living wind break of 60 white spruce. After a demonstration of the correct planting and mulching techniques, our eager volunteers got to work, partially in order just to stay warm. The wet soil made for easy digging and by 10:30am most of the work was done. The hospital had warm drinks at hand along with a variety of food choices. Home Depot provided much of the hardware, and the conservation authority delivered the trees, paid for by an anonymous donation to NeighbourWoods North. In 10 short years, the trees will look even more beautiful and they will provide significant protection for the entrance to the hospital emergency entrance from the snow and wind. Hooray!

As for future plantings, on Saturday May 5th and 12th, we are ambitiously attempting to plant a 5 acre forest in the NW corner of the hospital grounds. Thousands of trees will be going in the ground and many helpers are required. Finally, on May 19th the hospital staff will be planting 40 crabapple trees along the west entrance to the emergency area.

White Spruce planted at Hospital grounds (Photo by John Dickson)

White Spruce planted at Hospital grounds (Photo by John Dickson)

Lloyd adds this message –

Let’s Build a Forest!

Do you have a tree/shrub sapling or seedling you are willing to dig up and donate? You can add to the tree biodiversity of our hospital forest, by making a donation on Saturday May 5th or 12th, between 9am to noon at the NW corner of our hospital grounds. For more information contact Lloyd Lewis at 226 256 8804 or rhiandlloyd@gmail.com.


Young Naturalists Club coordinator Elaine Van Den Kieboom reports –

Our latest meeting on April 29, 2018 had the Young Nat’s being led by Naturalist Bill Moses through the Arboretum at the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s administration property. During this hike Bill educated the kids about trees and shrubs and various other aspects of the natural world. It was a sunny day and even though there was a cold wind, the kids didn’t seem to mind and were eager to learn about the trees. Bill’s knowledge of trees and shrubs and his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with children, made for a great hike. The kids were also very pleased to be able to take home a young tree from the arboretum as a gift from Bill. On behalf of the group I would like to extend my Thanks to Bill for making it a great day for the kids.

Bill Moses with Young Naturalists. (Photo By John Dickson)

Bill Moses with Young Naturalists. (Photo By John Dickson)


Coming up at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library at 7PM on Thursday May 10th the club hosts its members’ night when several presenters give short presentations on diverse topics. Expected at this time are a short film, a follow up to Dan Ostler’s reference to spoiled crops contributing to disease, a slide show from a lifetime of nature activities, and a taste of local natural highlights. For more information please visit the Members’ Night event.

For some recommended reading with a nature theme, I refer you to a couple of Pierre Berton’s many books. My Times – Living with History 1947 -1995 and The Great Lakes. Through these you may learn as I did a while ago, that Berton, known to many as a journalist and broadcaster, gradually became a naturalist. He soon became an avid birder with an annual May trip to Point Pelee for over 40 years, and a planter of many species on his property near Kleinburg, who also noted the creep of development nearby that eliminated wetlands and wetland species. In these books you will learn of the famous Indiana Dunes, much of which was lost to Bethlehem Steel and others before the people mounted a vigorous campaign to save these unique landforms, with some of the greatest diversity of life anywhere in North America.

To close, a quote from Glenn Gould – “I gather my inner resources from the outdoors.”

Earth Week hike at Kemble Rock

Monday, March 19th, 2018
Event
Earth Week hike at Kemble Rock
When
Friday, April 20, 2018
10:00am - All Ages
Where
Indian Falls (map)
Other Info
Friday April 20

Meet: 10:00am Indian Falls Parking Lot

Hike Location: Kemble Rock

Hike this splendid Bruce Trail property. See where the house, barn and well were; View the remains of a pioneer house foundation and visit the Lookout along with seeing other features. This is an amazing property and you will have an opportunity to see why this property is so unique. A great way to celebrate Earth Day week. bring water and a snack or lunch

Hike about 6km and approximately 3 hours
Terrain = moderate, plus some hills Pace = medium

Hike Leader: Bob Knapp

Please register with hike leader -
Bob Knapp rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519-371-1255

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Earth Week Hike at Hibou w/ Friends of Hibou

Monday, March 19th, 2018
Event
Earth Week Hike at Hibou w/ Friends of Hibou
When
Thursday, April 19, 2018
1:00pm - All Ages
Where
Hibou Conservation Area (map)
Other Info
In conjunction with Friends of Hibou

Thursday April 19

Meet: 1:00pm at Hibou south Parking Lot(by Water Pump Station)

Hike Location: Hibou

Hike the different trails in the park and along the shore, waterproof boots may be necessary if we've had much rain. Learn about the history of the park and see some of the improvements that have been made. Hike about 5 or 6 km and approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Terrain = moderate Pace = medium

Hike Leader: Bob Knapp

Please register with hike leader -
Bob Knapp rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519-371-1255

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Skinners Bluff Hike w/ Sydenham Bruce Trail Club

Monday, March 19th, 2018
Event
Skinners Bluff Hike w/ Sydenham Bruce Trail Club
When
Thursday, March 29, 2018
9:00am - All Ages
Where
(map)
Other Info
In conjunction with the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club

Thursday March 29

Meet: 9:00am at 294 Park St.

Hike Location: Skinner Bluff
The loop hike will begin by Skinner Bluff and follow the main trail above Colpoy's Bay with spectacular lookouts. We will take the Len Holley Side Trail to the Colpoy's Range Rd. and then return along this scenic road.

Bring water and snack or lunch and be prepared with boots in case of water on the road. Distance is about 12km and it should take about 4 hours with a stop for lunch.

Bring snowshoes if there is lots of snow

Map Reference: Maps 34 and 35
Terrain = moderate Pace = Medium/brisk
Hike Leader: Bob Knapp

Please register with hike leader -
Bob Knapp rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519-371-1255

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Spring 2018, President’s Message

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Lately (if your membership is paid up!) you may have noticed that you’re getting frequent “e Herald” messages with notices about events with two of our sister organizations, Saugeen Nature and Bruce Trail. We’re sharing information and events to deepen potential experiences for all of us. This is a welcome addition to our own programs. Expand your horizons and participate with these groups!

Too often the many people who work behind the scenes in organizations such as ours are doing some great work but get little, if any, recognition for their contributions. Every year about this time we turn our gaze on some of these individuals with a sharper focus: award season is here! There are several types of awards, some through OSFN and some through OnNature. Look for the list later in this newsletter and on our website. Please consider nominating someone who you think deserves special acknowledgement. Send me an email mudtown2@gmail.com or text 519 538 1897.

As you read this edition of the Hart’s Tongue Herald, realize that it is Norah Toth, our editor, who puts it all together for you to read. If you like the newsletter please tell her so!

You are likely aware that recruitment for new directors to the OSFN Board is underway. Election will occur at our AGM and potluck supper in June. Already there are several members expressing interest in standing for nomination, to which I say YAY! It’s so rewarding to have a strong team. Their diverse talents and various areas of interest and levels of experience make it a lot of fun while working to accomplish the goals of the OSFN.

At our indoor meetings we have a Suggestion Box on the sharing table; don’t hesitate to drop something in. We’re already following up on some great ideas!

Go Outside and Listen!
Kate McLaren, President

2018 Award Nominations

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

We are seeking nominations for the OSFN Conservation Award and Honourary Life Memberships. The criteria and past recipients are available as pdfs:

Honourary Life Members Criteria and Past Recipients

Conservation Award Criteria and Past Recipients

A nomination form is below:

OSFN Conservation Award Nomination Form

Please direct all nominations or inquiries to president@owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca

In addition, The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards are open for nominations. Details on the various awards are below:

Ontario Nature Conservation Award

Young Field Naturalists’ Date Change and Bannock Recipe

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Date Change

The next Young Field Naturalists’ event, a tracking outing with Jeff Kinchen, will be on Saturday February 24th from 2-4pm. Details on the revised schedule or at the Young Naturalists’ Page.

Slightly melted tracks. (Photo by Brian Robin)

Slightly melted tracks. (Photo by Brian Robin)


Bannock

At the January outing, the kids (and adults!) cooked bannock over an open fire. It was my first time partaking, and I’m pleased to be able to share this recipe. Mine lit on fire, which I’m told is the traditional method of ensuring doneness, and it was delicious. ~Brian

Mmmmmmm. (Photo by Brian)

Mmmmmmm. (Photo by Brian)

Krista’s Campfire Bannock

3 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
(optional 1 tsp cinnamon)
1/2 cup of margarine

Cut in margarine into the dry mixture until margarine is about the size of a pea. Slowly add water until it is the right consistency to roll into balls. (about 1 and 1/4 cup of water – give or take). Roll the balls in a little bit of flour to reduce stickiness.

This recipe provides enough bannock for about 25 children.

It's done! (photo by Brian)

It’s done! (photo by Brian)

Peter Middleton at Grey County Gardeners Club

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Peter Middleton will be speaking at the Grey County Gardeners Club, Tuesday, March 27th, 2018. Always informative and inspirational, Peter will be talking about some of Canada’s national parks and reserves.

Click the poster below for more details.

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EARTH DAY 2018 – Alone Across Canada’s Arctic w/Adam Shoalts

Monday, January 8th, 2018

**** SOLD OUT ****

This event is now officially sold out to capacity. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and we’ll see you on Earth Day!


Event
EARTH DAY 2018 - Alone Across Canada's Arctic w/Adam Shoalts
When
Sunday, April 22, 2018
2:00pm - All Ages
Where
MS Chi-Cheemaun (map)
1155 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound Harbour
Other Info
We are also pleased to announce that tickets (only $5. each) are available right away, for Earth Day - 2PM Sunday April 22, 2018, featuring the Keynote Address by Adam Shoalts - Author, Naturalist and Explorer - on board the newly renovated MS Chi-Cheemaun.

Celebrating Earth Day and his love for Nature, Adam Shoalts will present "Alone Across Canada's Arctic: A 4,000 km journey through Canada's Northern Wilderness." Shoalts' congenial personality and insatiable curiosity have made him a popular speaker, who is looking forward to his return to Owen Sound, where he hopes to join in other Earth Day activities while he is here next Spring.

This event is made possible by the kind hospitality of the Owen Sound Transportation Company, (OSTC), and the generous sponsorship of Caframo. Tickets will be available at OSFN Club meetings, at the Ginger Press (along with Adam Shoalts' books) and the office of OSTC at Springmount, plus at the Owen Sound Farmers' Market. All proceeds will go to OSFN Youth Projects.

Earth-Day-2018-poster

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