3rd Annual WATER DOCS Where-You-Live in OWEN SOUND

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

A message from the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library:

The Library is pleased to partner with the Owen Sound Water Watchers, a grassroots community group, working to raise awareness and take action on local water issues, in presenting the 3rd Annual Water Docs Where-You-Live in Owen Sound film series.

This event takes place in the Library auditorium, September 18th and 25th.Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Films start at 7:00 p.m.  After each screening there will be a chance to talk about the film. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, September 18th with the American documentary, A River’s Last Chance.  This compelling film shows the amazing recovery of the Eel River in Northern California, a haven for wild salmon.  The river and salmon have weathered decades of over-fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods and droughts, and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of the basin.  Today, the Eel’s recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s underground multi-billion-dollar cannabis economy and the multi-billion-dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino.  According to film maker Shane Anderson, the film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a river’s recovery and economic future.

A River's Last Chance

On Tuesday, September 25th, the evening begins with Just Add Water, a presentation by Master Gardener, Pat Wyszynski.  Pat has been watching her property transform with different water features that she has added over the years.  Bring your questions and be prepared to be inspired.

Fix and Release explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough Ontario as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. Most turtle species in Canada are endangered due to loss of habitat and collisions with cars and boats. Dr. Sue Carstairs leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers as they develop their own ground-breaking approach to reptile medicine. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before – highlighting their amazing ability to recover from catastrophic injury and hinting that these ancient creatures may be more complex than previously thought. Turtles are vital for healthy wetlands and every saved turtle makes a difference. As Dr. Carstairs says, “We are saving the world one turtle at a time”.

Fix and release

We will close the evening with local water-themed shorts.

We’re grateful to our partners who make this event possible- the Toronto-based Water Docs International Film Festival, Scenic City Film Festival, and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

For more information about these events contact Carolin Brooks, cbrooks@owensound.library.on.ca, 519-376-6623 ext. 214.

Neigbourwoods North: Water Brigade July 8 at 19:00 – 20:30

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Neighbourwoods North is putting out another call for watering assistance at the spring hospital planting:

Saturday, July 8th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Owen Sound Hospital.
The Fire Truck will be there to accelerate the filling of the barrels.
Bring a 3-5 gallon bucket if possible.

But most importantly bring yourself!

A tree at each of these mulch locations at the hospital in Owen Sound (Photo by John Dickson)

A tree at each of these mulch locations at the hospital in Owen Sound (Photo by John Dickson)

Petrel Point Accessible Boardwalk Unveiling, May 26th w/Ontario Nature

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

A message from Ontario Nature:

Join us on Saturday May 26 from 11:00am to 1:00pm as we unveil our new 200-metre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk at Petrel Point Nature Reserve. Located on the southern Bruce Peninsula, Petrel Point is often described as a garden of wildflowers. But we’re not stopping there. We will continue working this summer to extend the boardwalk so that people of all abilities will be able to enjoy this incredible property.

A poster with more information (please note the RSVP date has changed to May 23rd):


Neighbourwoods North Looking for Trees

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Let’s Build a Forest!

Do you have a tree/shrub sapling or seedling you are willing to dig up and donate? You can add to the tree biodiversity of our hospital forest, by making a donation on Saturday May 5th or 12th, between 9am to noon at the NW corner of our hospital grounds. For more information contact Lloyd Lewis at 226 256 8804 or rhiandlloyd@gmail.com.

Interested in helping plant trees? Neighbourwoods North is also looking for volunteers May 5th, 12th and 19th!

Ontario Nature – Nature Network News, Monthly Updates

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Ontario Nature has a monthly email newsletter detailing their, and other nature groups, activities around the province. You can read the April Edition through this link.

You can sign up to the monthly e-newsletter by clicking on the banner below:


MacGregor Point BioBlitz, June 9-10

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

MacGregor Point Provincial Park is organizing a BioBlitz, click on the poster below for more information.


Eyes at Sauble

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

A message from our president, Kate:

I’m hoping to enlist the help of citizens close to Sauble Beach!

The local MNRF supervisor has urged anyone to report raking, bulldozing, or heavy equipment operations on the beach. With the Phragmites issue it is imperative that the sand not be tilled as it will further propagate this most invasive species – you probably know this already!

Removing sand from around benches and playground equipment is allowed without applying for an MNRF permit but raking, tilling, etc. is definitely not.

If heavy equipment appears to be encroaching on the beach there are two numbers to call. One is the MNRF office in Owen Sound at 519-371-6751. The other is available 24/7. It’s the MNRF TIPS line, for reporting infractions at 1-877-847-7667.

Thank you,
Kate McLaren
Owen Sound Field Naturalists President

Earth Day tickets are selling fast!

Thursday, March 22nd, 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!

Less than 25 are left – now only available at the Ginger Press.

Only $5. each, with all proceeds going to OSFN Youth Projects.

Don’t miss the third annual Earth Day keynote address,

“Alone Across Canada’s Arctic: A 4,000 km journey through Canada’s Northern Wilderness.” by Adam Shoalts – Canada’s Indiana Jones.

2PM Sunday April 22, 2018, aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun. Sponsored by Caframo.


Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Tonight’s OSFN Indoor Meeting, featuring NCC’s John Lounds and Esme Batten will go ahead as scheduled, for those who can make it safely.

Here is the current forecast from the radio station website – which shows that most of the storm will miss Owen Sound. (Their website also does not show any other cancellations, having been posted.)

The radar map I have looked at just now, shows that whatever snow etc., is coming down now, will be done and finished by around 6PM and moving out of the Owen Sound area, with little snow activity for the rest of the evening, and with no imminent threat of heavy weather behind it:

Low: -8
Flurries with a chance of a squall could see 5-10 cms mainly in Bruce County and east of Meaford.

Bonus hospitality offer

In addition, we have had a generous offer from Bob and Marie Knapp, of three beds for overnight, if anyone is concerned about getting to Owen Sound and being stranded here.

Thanks for everyone’s cooperation with this. We do hope to see you at the meeting, but also understand the personal decision making that is essential in these situations.

On Behalf of President Kate McLaren,

John Dickson,
OSFN Past President, and
Director of Programming

The Young Naturalist club gets up and running Sunday Oct. 29, 2017.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Welcome to The Young Naturalists Club! We will be meeting this Sunday Oct 29th at the Grey Sauble Administration Centre ( basement door at back of building ) at 2:00 pm and we will be having nature artists Frank and Bonita de Matteis come and teach the kids about art in nature.

There is still plenty or room for more Young Naturalists to join the club this year. Please encourage your young relatives, friends and neighbours – children 7-12 years of age, to sign up for this wonderful learning opportunity. More details and registration information on the forms below (click to download!), or contact the Young Naturalist Club Program Coordinator, Elaine Van Den Kieboom (519 371-1989 or ekieboom@gbtel.ca).

Please have your kids dress for the weather as I expect for part of the session we will be outside sketching. We will provide all supplies and we should be finished by 4:00 pm.

Please bring your registration form and payment if you haven’t already sent them in. I will have copies of our program for the year for you as well.
See you on Sunday!

2017-2018_Newsletter_Young Nats

Click to download the program as a pdf.


Click to download pdf.