Honorary Life Members

Dave Fidler: Life Member

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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From the very dawn of the OSFN Dave has been involved. He was on the first Board of Directors. He served as Vice-President, President and Past President from 1993 to1998.
Tuesday Evening Birding at the Fidlers was a highlight of May and June for many years.
Dave led many outings. Eagles at Baie du Dore, Around the Sound and many many more.
Dave did a lot of presentations at the meetings. His Antarctic trip was a real highlight.
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Merle Gunby: Life Member

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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This year (2014) the OSFN has chosen Merle Gunby as a recipient of our Honourary Life Membership award. This award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to nature, research, education and conservation.  Merle and his wife Sheila joined the OSFN in 1995 and since then Merle has spent many hours volunteering on numerous projects for the OSFN.

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Bob Gray: Life Member

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Bob has worked with the Owen Sound Field Naturalists over many years to publish several books about the natural history of Grey and Bruce Counties.
Bob’s background is in physical geography and biology. Most of his career was spent working locally as a naturalist and ecologist for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
In 1994 the OSFN began discussing the idea of producing a Grey Bruce plant checklist. Building on Bobs work through MNR with Joe Johnson, the ad hoc group published “A Checklist of the Vascular Plants for Grey & Bruce Counties” in 1995. It has been revised several times and the 4th edition appeared in 2010. A total of 1500 copies has been printed.   | Read the full article ››

Lorraine Brown: Life Member

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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At the Owen Sound Field Naturalist AGM in March 2011, an Honourary Life Membership was bestowed on Lorraine Brown.  While in past years, the OSFN has bestowed this honour for outstanding contributions in nature research, education and conservation, Lorraine will be the first member to be recognized for her contribution to the club itself.  Lorraine’s life-long love of nature is written into everything she does.  A record of the energy and talent that she brings to the table is stamped into the annals of our Club.     | Read the full article ››

Joe Johnson: Life Member

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

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Joe Johnson is a naturalist who pursues knowledge and the understanding of nature for its own sake.   | Read the full article ››

Ellen & Orris Hull: Life Member

Monday, December 15th, 2008

At the traditional Members’ Night in December 2008, Ellen and Orris Hull were presented with a Life Membership in honour of their 20 years service with the Owen Sound Field Naturalists.   | Read the full article ››

Joan Crowe: Life Member

Monday, December 31st, 2007

British-born and with a Masters degree in botany, Joan has taught every level from kindergarten to 4th year university at some time or another.

Joan received her Masters degree from the University of Manitoba, specializing in bryophytes (a division of small, simple plants that comprises the mosses and liverworts). This area of study has given her a working knowledge of geology, too, as bryophytes often grow on rocks. She is a well-founded biologist with a strong bias to ecology.   | Read the full article ››

George Peck: Life Member

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

George Peck Since 1966 George, a former veterinarian, has been the coordinator of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme (ONRS) for the Royal Ontario Museum where he is a Research Associate. During this time the number of records in this database has increased to well over 100,000.   | Read the full article ››

Nelson & Jean Maher: Life Member

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

In June 2005, Nelson and Jean were honoured with a lifetime membership of the OSFN in recognition of their contribution to nature conservation and education. For years Jean and Nels led the FON summer camp program on the Bruce Peninsula.   | Read the full article ››

Dr Walter Tovell: Life Member

Monday, December 31st, 2001

Long active in conservation, Walter served as president of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature) and was active in protecting the Niagara Escarpment and emphasizing its importance as a World Biosphere Reserve. He had a long career as Curator and then Director of the Royal Ontario Museum and was a founding member of the Kortright Centre for Conservation.   | Read the full article ››