OSFN Publications

A group of OSFN authors have produced eight high quality nature books covering Grey and Bruce Counties. Thousands of copies have been sold, enabling both local people and naturalists from far afield to learn more about this unique area. Our orchid book is on the verge of being a Canadian best seller.

A Guide to the Orchids of Bruce & Grey Counties  A Guide to the Orchids of Bruce & Grey Counties

  Unique features through the two counties create a variety of habitats suitable for 48 species of orchids – two-thirds of the Ontario list and one more than are found in Northwestern     Europe. It is fully illustrated with diagrams and colour photographs taken by the renowned nature photographer, Dr. Donald R. Gunn

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First Book of Ontario WildflowersFirst Book of Ontario Wildflowers

This book introduces new naturalists to 180 Ontario wildflowers so they can become familiar with common species but have the groundwork in place to move on to learning more about the rich diversity of flowers in this province. Descriptions, habitats, diagrams, colour pictures, families and shapes are used to develop further understanding

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Exploring An Urban Forest: Owen Sound's Heritage of TreesExploring An Urban Forest: Owen Sound’s Heritage of Trees

The aim of this book is to encourage people to recognize and appreciate the trees surrounding them including the non-native species that are found in an urban city. Photos, line drawings of leaves, fruits etc. make this publication useful in other cities.

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A Guide to the Ferns of Grey & Bruce CountiesA Guide to the Ferns of Grey & Bruce Counties

The escarpment rocks and the high percentage of natural forest still found in Grey and Bruce counties provide habitat for 50 species including the common 75 for Ontario. Descriptions, identification assistance, frond silhouettes, colour photographs and a distribution map are included. Used by amateur naturalists and as a text in an introductory college course.

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Rare & Endangered Species of Grey & Bruce CountiesRare & Endangered Species of Grey & Bruce Counties

This is a guide to the provincially rare, vulnerable, threatened and endangered species of vascular plants and vertebrates within Grey and Bruce counties. Detailed information is provided for 7 fish, 5 reptiles, 14 birds, 1 mammal, and 58 plants.. The rankings for each species are given.

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The Asters, Goldenrods & Fleabanes of Grey & Bruce CountiesThe Asters, Goldenrods & Fleabanes of Grey & Bruce Counties

This booklet was produced to assist amateur naturalists to separate and identify the 15 aster species and 16 goldenrods found in this area. A detailed description with a black and white diagram is given for each species. Goldenrods are all gold, while asters and fleabanes tend to be variable, so colour can be misleading.

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A Checklist of Vascular Plants for Bruce & Grey Counties A Checklist of Vascular Plants for Bruce & Grey Counties

This is the definitive checklist of vascular plants for Bruce and Grey counties listing 1447 taxa (species, subspecies and hybrids) for 136 families, including 72 provincially rare. It is the only publication identifying all locally and provincially rare plants. This is an essential reference for botanists and for professionals working on projects within Bruce and Grey counties.

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A GuideA Guide to the Geology & Landforms of Grey & Bruce Counties to the Geology & Landforms of Grey & Bruce Counties

Grey and Bruce counties, found between two lakes, are dominated by the Niagara Escarpment and the tilt of the Michigan Basin. Glacial and erosion forces have left their influence. Maps included cover geology, landforms, ANSI locations. physiography and bedrock geology. Locations are identified where specific features can be viewed

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GreyGrey Bruce 2013 Bird checklist-Bruce Bird Checklist

The checklist is available from the three Naturalist Clubs (Huron Fringe, Saugeen and Owen Sound) at their monthly meetings for a “loony”, and will be available at the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.  You can preview the Checklist in the Checklists section (under Member Info) on this website.

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