Christmas Bird Counts – Grey and Bruce Counties

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Held every year between December 14th and January 5th, the Christmas Bird Count is one of the the largest citizen science projects.

If you would like to join one of the counts in Grey or Bruce counties, the contact information and dates of the 2016 counts are listed below. If you are outside the area, or would like more general information about the project, head to the Bird Studies Canada Website.

December 14 – Tobermory, Tricia Stinnissen –

December 15 – Kincardine, James Turland –

December 17 – Owen Sound,  Freeman Boyd –

December 17 – Saugeen Nature (Hanover/Walkerton),  Gerard McNaughton –

December 18 – Wiarton, Jarmo Jalava –

December 28 – Meaford, Lynne Richardson –

December 29 – Pike Bay, Andrew Keaveney –

January 4 – Saugeen Shores, Norah Toth –

Greeting Cards Available

Friday, October 28th, 2016

With the Holiday Season coming up soon, you can also support the local OSFN Club and Ontario Nature by purchasing packs of 10 Greeting Cards, or Hasty Notes (blank inside) for $11, (tax included), featuring this year’s lovely image of two Snow Buntings. To view these visit Ontario Nature and contact us soon (in the next week – by November 2) to place an order so the cards can be here for you by mid November. Email John Dickson at to place your order through the Owen Sound Field Naturalists.

Young Field Naturalists – Room to Register

Friday, October 14th, 2016

There’s still room for approximately 10 members in the Young Naturalists’ program! Next event is Sunday, October 30th. For more information, see their Year-at-a-Glance and registration form below.

Young Naturalists' 2016/17


OFO Award for Plover Lovers hard work

Monday, September 26th, 2016

“Tonight [Sept 24, 2016] at the Ontario Federation of Ornithologists Annual General Meeting in Kingston, the Plover Lovers hard work for their efforts in trying to help the rare and endangered Piping Plovers was recognized by OFO. Norah Toth received the award on their behalf. Congratulations to all of you for your efforts. We are proud to know you and happy that you, our friends, have been recognized. for your dedication in trying to assist this wonderful bird.” ~Fred Jazvac


A note from Norah:

“I should qualify this. I am only one of 5 committee members (Aubrey Fergusony and Cheryl Wile Ferguson, Lynne Richardson and Catherine Dickison) who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that the Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach have the best opportunity to contribute to the recovery success of the Piping Plover on the Great Lakes.

There were also many volunteers who spent valuable time talking to the public and making citizen science observations. Without these volunteers, all the efforts of the committee would be unsupported and unfruitful. The on the beach volunteers, some of whom were members of the OSFN, and our volunteer coordinator, Jenna Skinner, need a huge thank you from all of us.” ~Norah Toth

Congratulations from the Owen Sound Field Naturalists to the Plover Lovers Committee and entire team, for receiving this well-deserved recognition from Ontario’s Birding Community! The OSFN Club also received a similar award several years ago, and the Plover Lovers have made a concerted effort to continue in this worthwhile endeavour. If you want to learn more about the Plover Lovers, head to their website:

Plover Lovers

Broad-winged Hawkwatch

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

A message from Tim McCarthy, who is trying to rally birdwatchers to search for Broad-winged Hawks:

“Hello to all birders
Here is a follow-up to the recruitment message I sent out last week not just to you but to every Nature Club I could find. If you would like to come out and observe somewhere on the line on my map (download attachment “Linear Hawkwatch Handbook”) Sept.17 or 18 or wherever you are any morning or afternoon during the month of September we need your input to find out where the Broadwinged Hawks are going. You can watch for them as much or as little as you like but if you spot any please let me know or even better, inform Ontbirds as well at

Please advise how many Broadwinged Hawks you see , their flight pattern (i.e.kettle, ridgeline or whatever) the wind direction (where it was coming from) direction the birds were heading and whether they were high or low. we need all the help we can get as Broadwinged Hawks were almost totally lacking over High Park last fall although the overall population if anything, was up slightly from the year before. Social Media have made it easier than ever before so please get your eyes in the sky and lets hear from you.

Happy Hawking,
Tim Mccarthy

Sauble Beach Speaker Series 2016

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Over the next six weeks at Sauble beachm there’s a series of weekly Tuesday talks revolving around Plovers and human involvement with nature. Click the image below for the nitty gritty, or head to the Plover Lovers website for the full details.


Ontario Land Use Open House – July 5th

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are seeking feedback on proposed changes to four land use plans: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan. The public is invited to attend Open Houses for more information on the proposed changes and to discuss with Ministry staff.

Their are 12 scheduled Open Houses across the province, including one in Owen Sound:

Tuesday July 5, 2016, 5-8pm
Bayshore Arena
1900 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound

For more information and the rest of the schedule, head to

Joe Johnson’s Book Available at Thursday, May 12th Indoor Meeting

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

We’re pleased to announce a special offer for Joe Johnson’s book, The Vascular Plants of the Bruce Peninsula

As a special one-time offer, from Joe, the book will be available for only $24 (regular price $28) for OSFN members at the Indoor Meeting Thursday May 12th. Cash or Cheque only. To be purchased in person for yourself, or for another OSFN member if you have a note indicating that they want one.

Update on Our Earth Week Events

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The Owen Sound Field Naturalists Club is pleased to announce that the Earth Day Lecture Presentation by Ecologist and Author John Riley on the Chi Cheemaun this Friday is sold out!

For anyone in the community still wishing to hear and see John Riley’s address, the Club, in partnership with OSCVI has reserved a section for Adults in the Community to attend the Student Lecture this Thursday, April 21, in the OSCVI Auditorium. The lecture will be from 12:40 until 2PM, so arrival by 12:30 is recommended. Admission will be $5. at the door. All proceeds will be used to support OSFN’s Youth Projects.

This will be just one more opportunity for people to experience a presentation by this exciting Speaker, Naturalist and Author.

In addition OSFN has two outdoor Earth Week events to offer:

– an Interpretive Hike Thursday morning with Bob Knapp, Thursday, April 21, 10AM to 12Noon – at the south end of 7th Avenue East.

“Earth Day Nature Rambles in Harrison Park!” With John Riley and OSFN Club leaders. Friday morning, April 22, 10:30AM to 12 Noon, meeting near the skating rink area in Harrison Park. This is a PD Day so all students and general public are invited to join us there, to discover the Beautiful Spring Features of this Gem of a Park, and Celebrate Earth Day.

The Vascular Plants of the Bruce Peninsula heading to print

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Joe Johnson, an Honorary Life Member of the OSFN, has poured his extensive knowledge of area vascular flora into much anticipated book and it’s expected to be available early May!

Find out more at or click on the picture below for more information:

The Vascular Plants of the Bruce Peninsula