2016 Contract Employment Opportunity: Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Species at Risk – Piping Plovers at Sauble Beach
2016 Contract Employment Opportunity:
Coordinator of Volunteer Monitors
Last year marked the ninth year that the endangered shorebird, the Piping Plover,
successfully nested on Ontario’s side of Lake Huron after a 30-year absence.
Volunteer Monitors play an important role in the species recovery program through
public education and contributing valuable monitoring data on a daily basis.
Starting in mid-April 2016, a contract position will be available for a “can-do”
individual with an interest in species-at-risk, birding, and the coordination of
volunteer monitors. This is a 20-week position, lasting through to late August. It
requires a seven-day-a-week commitment between phone/internet volunteer
coordination and an “on-the-beach” presence in all types of weather.
Key requirements include an ability to schedule/manage volunteers, work in
harmony with the Stewardship Grey-Bruce Plover Lovers Committee, Ministry of
Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) field staff, liaise with community members,
maintain and regularly update the website and social media, complete an “end-ofproject”
report, and be an effective communicator in-person, over-the-phone, via
social media and in stand-up presentations. The successful candidate will have
reliable mobility to work with volunteers at Sauble Beach. Internet access and
mobile phone are required. A more detailed description of the requirements is
posted at ploverlovers.com/coordinator.
The position will be reimbursed to a maximum of $15,000.
Prospective candidates should convey their interest and resume via email to:
info@ploverlovers.com with the subject line: 2016 Volunteer Coordinator Position
Resumes received by March 4, 2016 will be considered for interviews to be
conducted on March 11, 2016.

Volunteer to monitor the Piping Plovers.

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Those interested in volunteering as monitors for the Piping Plovers this year can sign up, at our OSFN meeting Feb. 11, or email Aubrey – aubferg@gmail.com
or Norah  ntoth@rogers.com

Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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Attention teen birders!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists’ Workshop

Young Ornithologist Workshop Announcement

The Doug Tarry Bird Study Awards foster the development of ornithological interests in Canadian teenagers. Recipients of the awards attend a week-long workshop/natural history camp or a month-long student internship at Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

The Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists’ Workshop is a major component of the Observatory’s educational program. Since its inception in the mid 1970s, the Workshop has been the jumping-off point for many of today’s most talented field biologists. Thanks to the keen foresight and generosity of humanitarian and naturalist Doug Tarry, the Workshop is offered free to selected applicants. It focuses on “hands-on” learning and training in field ornithology, providing a unique opportunity for like-minded teenagers to enhance their knowledge and skills in the scientific study and aesthetic enjoyment of birds. Participants learn how to identify, age and sex birds, and to study their populations and behaviour. Careful and skilled instructors teach the secrets of bird handling and banding techniques, how to prepare specimens for scientific study, and an array of bird censusing techniques. Regular afternoon field trips are taken to places of biological interest within the internationally designated Long Point Biosphere Reserve. Evenings too are busy with slide presentations and nocturnal field work.

This year, the Workshop is being held from Saturday, August 6 to Sunday, August 14, 2016. Space is limited to 6 participants, ranging in age from 13-17 years old. The Award covers all direct costs of the workshop (accommodation, meals, travel while at Long Point, and professional instruction), but recipients are responsible for their transportation to Long Point.

What is a Student Internship?

The student internship is a month-long position awarded to mature teenagers with clearly demonstrated interests in field ornithology (often graduates of the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop). Each year, one or more interns spend three to four weeks in August and September and become involved in all aspects of LPBO’s Migration Monitoring Program to further develop skills gained from the YOW program. In addition, with help of Bird Studies Canada staff, interns design and conduct an independent field research project. Funding for these positions is provided by The Doug Tarry Internship Award. This year, internships will be held throughout August.


Prospective participants of the workshop or the student internship are invited to download the application form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) or request an application form:

Long Point Bird Observatory
Box 160, Port Rowan, Ontario N0E 1M0

ax: (519) 586-3532
E-mail: lpbo@birdscanada.org

Applications are due by April 30.

The Young Ornithologist Workshop and Internship is supported by BSC’s Doug Tarry Natural History Fund. Additional support has been provided through a special grant from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) “PromoScience” program for young scientists.

The Doug Tarry Bird Study Awards are an excellent opportunity for like-minded teens from across Canada to meet and learn field ornithological skills and increase their aesthetic appreciation of birds. But don’t just take our word for it!

“It was one of the most enjoyable weeks I’ve ever spent anywhere, and that’s the truth.”
Chris Greenwood – age 15

“I have now met young people who have similar interests, who are great people, who are now my friends, and we will keep in touch.”
Sarah Trefry – age 14

“That evening we went to Backus Woods to listen for owls, and we actually got to communicate with them . . . they were the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.”
Lea Ann Doan – age 17

“This has been an awesome week. We did a lot of banding each morning, and got to handle at least 16 species of birds including the Northern Waterthrush, Tennessee Warbler, Warbling Vireo and Cardinal. We learned about the whole process, from setting up nets to aging by skull ossification.”
Philina English – age 14


Great Backyard Bird Count

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015


Dear Nature Club,

I am hoping that you can help us spread the word about the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 12-15, 2016.  I think your members may be interested in participating in this free, fun event that helps birds!! The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4 day annual event that creates a snap shot of where birds are around the world.Bird Watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world.  It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular:  it gets you outdoors, you don’t need a lot of equipment, and it’s fun to spot the less common birds. We ask people to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count (Feb 12-15, 2016) and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.Here is a link to the instructions and to  last year’s results  http://gbbc.birdcount.org/2015-gbbc-summary/

Best wishes,

Kerrie Wilcox

Canadian Coordinator, Great Backyard Bird Count
Bird Studies Canada
888-448-2473 ext 134

Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Newsletter – 2015 Fall Issue

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Newsletter Fall 2015

Goldie Award Winner 2015 – Joan Crowe

Friday, December 4th, 2015

See story on FBO site.

Pesticide exposure impairs bumblebee crop pollination

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
U of G prof finds first evidence that pesticide exposure affects the pollination services provided by bumblebees to an economically important crop.
More info here

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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A Thank You from Ontario Nature

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership

Ontario Nature’s sixth annual Youth Summit brought together 95 youth from 57 communities across the province for an inspiring, action-packed weekend. Held September 25-27, 2015 at YMCA Geneva Park, teens had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities and workshops including:

  • Pollinators and wildflowers
  • Nature discovery hike
  • Salamander survey
  • Fun with fly fishing
  • How to ‘be the change’
  • Debate on genetically modified organisms
  • Climate reality
  • First Nations ways of knowing
  • Ontario’s birds of prey
  • Sustainable gardening and youth leadership
  • Introduction to visual astronomy
  • Medicinal plants of Ontario
  • Insights into youth leadership
  • Making eco-art for community change

Other memorable moments included morning activities like canoeing, yoga, bird watching, swimming in Lake Couchiching, and an evening campfire with stories and songs to bring everyone together. The Great Group Challenge had teams facing off in fun challenges and participants developed personal action plans on pressing environmental issues at the Action Planning Forum.


  • “If I could summarize this experience in one word, it would have to be inspirational. I was not only surrounded by like-minded teens, but also adults who could help us on our journey. Honestly, there was so much fun going on that I didn’t even realize that I had learned so much about topics that I loved, and also topics I had no idea I was interested in. The experience was definitely rejuvenating, and helped me realize why I fell in love with our world in the first place!” – Christarin, age 16 from Scarborough
  • “The Youth Summit for me was an absolute blast! It came with such a positive message on the environment and conservation of it and what I can do to help. It inspired me to start a club at my high school where I can use a lot of the things I learned at the summit.” – Peter, age 17 from Barrie
  • “My weekend at the Youth Summit was one of the best weekends of my LIFE! I got to get out and explore in nature, learn about the earth and water and how we are all interconnected.  Sometimes it is hard to stay positive and believe that we can change the world, but the summit renewed my inspiration to keep working towards a brighter future for our little blue dot planet because there is no planet B.” – Lilian, age 17 from Toronto

Thank you to our Nature Network members and others whose financial support has made this summit possible:

Bancroft Field Naturalists
Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club
Brodie Club
Carden Field Naturalists
Carolinian Canada Coalition
Charleston Lake Environmental Association
Conservation Halton
Conservation Ontario
Credit Valley Conservation
Durham Region Field Naturalists
Friends of Charleston Lake Park
Friends of MacGregor Point Park
Friends of Mashkinonje
Hamilton Naturalists’ Club
Kawartha Field Naturalists
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists
Muskoka Field Naturalists
Nature Guelph
Nature League – Collingwood
North American Native Plant Society
North Durham Nature
Orillia Naturalists’ Club
Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club
Owen Sound Field Naturalists
Penokean Hills Field Naturalists
Peterborough Field Naturalists
Pickering Naturalists
The Quetico Foundation
Rankin Resource Group
Saugeen Field Naturalists
South Peel Naturalists’ Club
Thickson’s Woods Land Trust
Upper Ottawa Valley Nature Club/Four Seasons Conservancy
Waterloo Region Nature
Willow Beach Field Naturalists
York Environmental Stewardship

The success of the Youth Summit would not be possible without the contributions from the following program sponsors:

The Chawkers Foundation



Click here to go to the Ontario Nature website for more information.