Garlic Mustard Public Information Meetings and “Pull Party”

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Joan Nuffield is spreading the word about a few events relating to this invasive species, message follows.

As you may be aware, Southern Ontario’s forests and fields are threatened by an invasive species, Garlic Mustard.   Left alone for long enough, Garlic Mustard can turn a beautiful native forest into a field – of Garlic Mustard.  In the Beaver Valley, the Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest is at serious risk because of this advancing menace.  We are asking for help, from you and members of your group.

Specifically, what kind of help can you provide?

  • Learn more about why Garlic Mustard is such a danger:come to one of the public information meetings weare organizing:

o   at the L.E. Shore Library, Thornbury, Tues., March 28, 2017, 6:30 pm, or

o   at the Collingwood Public Library, Collingwood, Thurs., March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm


  • Sign up to come to a Garlic Mustard “pull party” in the Loree Forest on Sat., May 20. If you are not familiar with this nasty critter, you will receive training on how to spot it and how to pull it.  Families are welcome, and students are welcome.  Then stay for the barbeque afterwards!
  • Spread the word about the “pull party” and the public information meetings among members of your group, and other contacts you may have. We ask that you to use your newsletter, email list, and other suitable communication avenues.  We would be happy to speak at a regular or special meeting of your group, if you wish to arrange a separate information meeting for them.

To sign up for the “pull party” and barbeque, please contact:

You will be contacted regarding details, and what to bring for the day.

Thank you so much. Together, we can keep this invasive species in check!

Joan Nuffield, Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club
Owen Gray, Lakehead University

Butterflies of Bognor Marsh

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Butterflies of Bognor Marsh
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
11:00am - 2:00 pm - All Ages
Bognor Marsh (map)
Other Info
Event: Butterflies of Bognor Marsh

When: 14 June, 2017 (rain date 15 June), 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, all ages

Where: Bognor Marsh, meet at the parking lot at Grey Rd 18 and Concession 4.

Register: Chris Rickard ,, (705)444-6671

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Friday Ski/Snowshoe Winter Ecology Field Trip – Room to Register!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

UPDATE – Postponed to Feb.17th

There is still room in Tyler’s Friday, Feb. 17th Ski/Snowshoe Winter Ecology Field Trip.

Please register with Tyler at

Then, if you would like to, please meet to car-pool at 12:50PM Friday February 17, in the parking lot of the Chi-Cheemaun/tourist office.

Anyone coming from the Southampton area, can be met at the Wiarton Library parking lot for pick up from there, at about 1:15PM.

Please email John Dickson, if you are planning to join in the car-pooling. John Dickson <>


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 (2016)

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