Wildflower Walk at Old Baldy

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Stew HiltsJust a reminder that there is still lots of room for you to register for Stew Hilts’ Wildflower Walk on Old Baldy on Tuesday – one of the few sunny days in the forecast.

Stew is an outstanding naturalist, photographer and teacher, and is looking forward to sharing this area with you. Please register right away – Register Stew Hilts at or 519 986 1475

If you live in the Owen Sound area and wish to carpool for this trip, please contact John to confirm at with the suggested plan to meet in the North East corner of the Home depot parking lot for a 9AM departure. Stew Hilts is suggesting good footwear for trails that will be just starting to dry our after all the rain on its way.

Wildflower Walk at Old Baldy
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10:00am - 12 Noon - All Ages
Old Baldy (map)
Other Info
Limit: 12
Register Stew Hilts at or 519 986 1475

Meet at the Old Baldy Parking Lot.

The Old Baldy parking lot is at the top of Sideroad 7B, the very steep gravel road east of Grey Rd. 13, opposite the old Talisman ski hills. Turn right into the parking lot at the top of the hill.

Or - To avoid the steep hill, continue two corners south of Kimberley to the Artemesia/Euphrasia Townline and turn east (left). At the 3rd Line turn north (left), and again at Sideroad 7B turn left. Drive into the parking lot before you head downhill.

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Ontario Phragmites Working Group Meeting, Jan 17th

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Janice Gilbert, our speaker from November 2016, passed along this information about a Phragmities Workshop (an email from Kellie Sherman). This looks like a great followup for anyone wanted more detail on the Phragmites situation:

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

Apologies for the delay on getting this information to you, as we just confirmed a venue for the meeting. Details below:

  • The meeting will take place on January 17th from 10 am until 4 pm.
  • The meeting will be held at the Waterloo Royal Canadian Legion – 316 Marsland Drive, Waterloo, ON, N2J 3Z1
  • There will be lunch available. The lunch will consist of assorted sandwiches (egg salad, ham, roast beef, etc.), pickle tray, light desserts and coffee. There is also a pub-style food venue in the hall above us for people to purchase something on their own. I will be bringing an additional veggie tray, but unfortunately, we don’t have many options for specific diet requirements. If you are interested in this lunch, please reply to this email indicating so no later than January 10th. If you wish to bring your own lunch, you may do so.
  • Attached is a draft agenda for the day. We will send a final copy next week.
  • If you plan on still attending this meeting, please reply to this email indicating so, also no later than January 10th.
  • Parking is free. If the parking is fairly full by the time you arrive, you may park in the surrounding parking lots.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.



Kellie Sherman
Ontario Invasive Plant Council
4601 Guthrie Drive
Peterborough, ON
K9J 8L5
P: 705-748-6324 x 243
F: 705-748-9577


There’s at least one local planning to attend. Anyone interested can be connected to arrange car-pooling, contact

January 2017 @ MacGregor Point

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Some Saturday events at MacGregor Point.

Saturday, January 14 2:00pm, Guided Hike: Wetlands in Winter.

Saturday, January 21 10:00am, Guided Hike: Winter Track ID.

Saturday, January 28 10:00am, Meet a Naturalist: Hibernation vs. Migration.

Click the image below for more details, or head to the Friends of MacGregor Point Park website:


Extraordinary Tree Lecture Series is Online

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

extraordinarytreelogoIf you missed out on the Extraordinary Tree Lecture Series, or just wanted to watch one of the speakers again, not to worry! The lecture series has been recorded and is now available on the Extraordinary Tree YouTube Channel.

Something to keep you busy if you’re snowed in!


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


Spring Bounty – the birds, bees and everything in between!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Spring Bounty - the birds, bees and everything in between!
Friday, May 12, 2017
10:00am - 2pm - All Ages
Crane Lake Picnic Area (map)
Other Info
Join guides Miptoon (Anthony Chegahno) and Esme Batten on a quest for all of the wonderful things that spring can offer from birds, and trees, to beautiful spring wildflowers.

Location: Shining Rainbow Deer Nature Sanctuary. We will meet at the Crane Lake Picnic Area (where there are washroom facilities) and carpool from there. Note that there are no washroom facilities at the property, and nowhere to purchase lunch etc. Here is a map of where the picnic area is, it is just south of Johnson’s Harbour Road on the east side of the highway. The Shining Rainbow Deer property is off of Cape Hurd Road and there is room for two vehicles to park in the lot. I have a van and can take four additional people.

For those coming from the Owen Sound area, carpooling form Springmount Tourist office can work with a departure from there. by 8:45 -8:55AM If interested in carpooling, confirm with John at

Limit: 12
Start Time: 10:00am
End Time: 2:00pm with a break for lunch. Everyone should bring a lunch for the day.

Register: Esme Batten, 613-612-9085

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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

Grassland Birding across Farmer’s Fields in former Sarawak Township

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Due to Wednesday’s noisy high winds, this event has been rescheduled to:

Thursday, May 18th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

There is still space available, please contact Beth Anne Currie to register (details below).

Grassland Birding across Farmer’s Fields in former Sarawak Township
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00pm - 8:30 pm (Sunset at 19:59) - All Ages
Sarawak Township (map)
Church Road and Grey Road 1
Other Info

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