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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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Winter 2017, President’s Message

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Snow is on its way, birds and butterflies have flown south, only tattered remnants of leaves remain clinging to skeletal trees. We are nearing the end of this celebratory year of Canada’s sesquicentennial and I am wondering what is ahead for our region and our country? Unmet climate targets, pernicious anemia of regulations for endangered species, poisoned watersheds still wreaking havoc on generations of indigenous peoples, assaults against wetlands and waterfront ecosystems. On and on it goes. Our umbrella organization, OnNature, is at the front lines doing battle against incursions by industry and governments, enlisting grassroots groups like us to help advocate for nature and a healthy environment. The autumn regional meeting in Formosa brought together field naturalist groups to share ideas and concerns amongst ourselves and to hear about the work of OnNature. A source of much inspiration, it was a very full day! (Also a very full stomach. Our hosts Saugeen Field Naturalists did not stint on the lunch menu!)

In this issue of the Hart’s Tongue Herald you will find reports about many different aspects of the OSFN from our members who chair committees and/or steer activities. The work these volunteers do is the very foundation of our club and they all deserve our praise!

Two young men were sponsored by OSFN to attend the OnNature Youth Summit two years in a row. One of them has stepped forward to assume a very important role: Erik Van Den Kieboom is the new coordinator of the Christmas Bird Count for Owen Sound. At 16 years old he may be the youngest to do so. Thanks so much to Erik for his dedication and enthusiasm!

Several local agencies and individuals are seeking help, mostly with controlling invasive species – especially phragmites. They are in need of expertise but also need a partner to apply for grants. The OSFN board is reviewing these requests carefully.

Late in the summer Grey Sauble Conservation (GSC) let me know that there would be no further support for the Young Naturalists’ program. It has been hosted at their headquarters for 20 years by one of their staff in conjunction with an OSFN liaison. Scrambling to breech the gap, a meeting was convened and a revised program emerged: Young Nat’s is revitalised with new places, new faces, new programs and new coordinator. Thanks so much to GSC and especially to Krista McKee for so many wonderful memories! Our own board member Elaine Van Den Kieboom has taken the reins; I am so grateful for her willingness and capability. Welcome a
new era of Young Nat’s!

If you are like me winter usually allows more time for reading. Remember we have six of our own publications, in case you’ve never read them. They’re available at monthly meetings as well as the Ginger Press Bookstore in Owen Sound. Snuggle into a cozy spot for an hour or two with any of them and gain insight into some of our region’s unique natural heritage.

Then go outside!
Kate McLaren, President

Annual Potluck Supper & Presentation, Guest Speaker Ted Armstrong, Woodland Caribou – Where are they now?

Friday, December 8th, 2017
Event
Annual Potluck Supper & Presentation, Guest Speaker Ted Armstrong, Woodland Caribou - Where are they now?
When
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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 - Ted Armstrong Thunder Bay Wildlife Biologist
"Where are they now? Why Woodland Caribou no longer roam much of Ontario" A former Grey County farm boy, Armstrong has worked extensively on developing species at risk recovery programs and policies, with a special focus on the iconic Woodland Caribou, and more.

Ted Armstrong

Ted Armstrong



Photo By Ted Armstrong

Photo By Ted Armstrong

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