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Railtrail Ramble with David Morris

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Event
Railtrail Ramble with David Morris
When
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
9:00am - :30am - All Ages
Where
No Map Yet (map)
Owen Sound
Other Info
When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (rain date Thursday, July 9, 2020)
Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Walk the Georgian Bluffs Railtrail east of Shallow Lake (out and back), looking at some of the less common (or at least, less known) flora found along the way. Our route will take us past or through several wetlands, some of which are quite large, so you may want to bring your binoculars for birds, turtles, frogs, etc.
Limit: 10 people.
Contact David Morris for directions.
OSFN members have first priority - but please register early to avoid disappointment.
Contact: David Morris, 519-376-1304 or davidtmorris@rogers.com

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Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski, Evening

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Event
Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski, Evening
When
Sunday, June 14, 2020
6:00pm - ??? - All Ages
Where
No Map Yet (map)
Owen Sound
Other Info
Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski

Tune in to the sounds and open your eyes to experience the richness of the Forest in Spring.

Covid 19 Group Size restrictions are changing so Mark can accept additional people on this hike.

Maximum 9 plus leader, Mark, totalling 10.


Register with Mark Wiercinski,biomark@icloud.com or 519-379-0437

Where: To Be Determined. The general location is Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve

Sunday June 14, 6PM to ???

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Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Event
Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski
When
Sunday, June 14, 2020
7:00am - 11 am - All Ages
Where
No Map Yet (map)
Owen Sound
Other Info
Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski

Tune in to the sounds and open your eyes to experience the richness of the Forest in Spring.

Covid 19 Group Size restrictions are changing so Mark can accept additional people on this hike.

Maximum 9 plus leader, Mark, totalling 10.


Register with Mark Wiercinski,biomark@icloud.com or 519-379-0437

Where: To Be Determined. The general location is Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve

Sunday June 14, 7AM to 11AM

Mark might consider an additional time slot if this one fills.

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Annual General Meeting (Zoom Format)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Event
Annual General Meeting (Zoom Format)
When
Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
Virtual Meeting (map)
Your Home
Other Info
The Annual General Meeting of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists will go ahead using a Zoom format due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Our Constitution requires that we hold the AGM within 6 months of the end of our business financial year, December 31. We will be meeting those requirements.

The Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 starting at 7 pm.

Here are some important instructions.

1. In advance of the meeting day, please download Zoom onto your computer or upgrade your account to the most recent version.  

2. Review the Annual General Meeting Reports.

3. If, before the day of the meeting, you are aware of any questions you would like to ask, or concerns you would like to have addressed, please forward them to directors@osfn.ca so that you are not missed.  Additional questions or comments may be brought forward during the meeting as need be. (Zoom does allow for some discussion, but depending on how many people are in attendance, it can be awkward.)

4. The Zoom link will be sent out to members and to any non-members who send their request to newsletter@owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca and would like to attend.  Please send your request before 9am, Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

We would like to thank the Friends of MacGregor Point Park and Kathleen Chayer for their assistance in providing their Zoom account for our meeting.

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Celebrate Earth Week 2020, with Renowned Ecologist and Singer Songwriter Jarmo Jalava

Friday, April 24th, 2020
Event
Celebrate Earth Week 2020, with Renowned Ecologist and Singer Songwriter Jarmo Jalava
When
Sunday, April 26, 2020
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
(map)
Other Info
Owen Sound Field Naturalists present Celebrate Earth Week 2020 , with Renowned Ecologist and Singer Songwriter Jarmo Jalava in performance with his son Noah Jalava

Relationships with Nature, as told through slides, stories and song, will premiere at 8pm this Sunday April 26, 2020

It can be seen and heard at that time, online at You Tube by visiting:

https://www.facebook.com/jarmo.jalava.3/posts/10217908157076802

[Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this event replaces the originally planned live event for April 18 aboard the Chi Cheemaun.]

We encourage everyone to take in this online event instead, by visiting https://www.facebook.com/jarmo.jalava.3/posts/10217908157076802 and to consider making a donation to OSFN to be directed to Youth Projects (donations can be made at CanadaHelps. Those who had already purchased tickets for the original event are not expected to make donations but, of course, are welcome to. OSFN thanks Caframo for their continued and generous sponsorship of Celebrate Earth Week, and of OSFN Youth Projects.

OSFN thanks you, the audience, for your understanding in these challenging times.

OSFN especially thanks Jarmo and Noah for their dedication and their innovative efforts to offer this Celebration of Earth Week 2020 presentation for everyone's enjoyment.

Jarmo Jalava


Noah Jalava

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Nature Club News February 2020

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Nature Club News February 2020

by John Dickson

Owen Sound Field Naturalists (OSFN) will feature Peter Middleton’s  “A Break From Winter” at 7PM this Thursday February 13, at the Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. This is expected to be Middleton’s final lecture, after decades of stimulating talks with wonderful photographs, commentary, and often a touch of poetry. Middleton brings to his talks a deep knowledge of the natural sciences, including botany, zoology, ornithology, geomorphology, and many more.

Peter Middleton

Clarke Birchard has shared this description about Middleton:

“Peter Middleton spent most of his professional career sharing his extensive knowledge and passion for nature with others. He was a teacher at the Toronto Island Natural Science School, a teacher and later the Director of the Outdoor Education Centre for the Bruce County Board of Education and the Bluewater District School Board. During those years he inspired thousands of students, colleagues as well as teachers and parents that accompanied the classes.

He led nature tours for adult groups on weekends and during summers. Following retirement, nature tours grew into almost a second career for Quest Nature Tours and other agencies. These tours took him to the Arctic, the Antarctic, India, South Africa, his birthplace of Scotland and numerous other locales. He played a major leadership role in the early years of the Saugeen Field Naturalists and later became active in the Owen Sound Field Naturalists, and was President 2010-12. 

He has had numerous speaking engagements and led nature walks in Owen Sound, Grey, Bruce and beyond. He has also been a director of Ontario Nature and chair of the nature reserves committee.”

This “A Break from Winter” presentation replaces the originally scheduled “Horses of Sable Island, etc.”, with Marg Gaviller,  post-poned due to family commitments, and to be held at a later date. Reminder – OSFN monthly meetings are now being held at the Lumley Bayshore, and are no longer at the Library.

Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to arrive before 7PM for a social time with coffee and refreshments. Admission is free, though donations are welcome.


As we head towards Spring, several local organizations are offering their annual programmes and festivals.

Grey Roots is including this nature-themed talk in its Spring Lecture Series with Dr. David Holah – How Green is Green Energy?

“Our hopes of moving away from fossil fuels lies with the increased use of green energy (solar and wind) and the production of batteries for electric cars. Success will largely be dependent on a few metals of which most people have never heard and which come with a significant environmental cost.”

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Chemistry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Dr. Holah held numerous teaching and research positions at research facilities, governmental agencies and universities in the US, UK and Canada. Dr. Holah’s presentations can be enjoyed by science and non-science attendees alike.

This presentation is part of the Spring Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons following March Break, March 24 through April 14, in the Grey Roots Theatre. Talks take place at 1:00 p.m. and are repeated at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments following each talk. Free with admission. Members free as always. To learn more please visit https://greyroots.com/


The 23rd annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival will be held May 22 – 25 & May 28 – 31, 2020 celebrating birds, birding and nature. The Festival is based out of beautiful MacGregor Point Provincial Park, where events explore the rich niches of the Park, and also venture throughout the ‘Huron Fringe’ of land along Lake Huron’s shore, up the bountiful Bruce Peninsula, and to many significant natural areas of Bruce and Grey Counties.
The Festival offers an incredible 95 events over two 4-day weekends in late May! This time of year captures both the end of migration and the beginning of the nesting season, ensuring an abundance of birds. Morning, afternoon, all-day and evening events are offered daily. You can choose to attend one, some, or pick a full-Festival package! All events are led by top local, provincial and global tour leaders.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is active March 1 (6am) to May 21 (6pm) & May 26 to May 27. To learn more please visit https://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/huron-fringe-birding-festival


Upcoming 2020 forum “The Climate Is Changing – Will We?”

The annual Sources of Knowledge Forum, April 24th – 26th, 2020 at Tobermory, is intended to demonstrate how research in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, and the surrounding community contributes to knowledge of the Bruce Peninsula’s natural and human history. This event has been held in Tobermory since 2009, and is a regular means of presenting research activities, their results and their implications for decision-making. It provides students, educators, researchers, citizens, business operators and policy-makers with access to networks, information and ideas through which local knowledge can be integrated into their respective interests 2020 Forum registration has opened as of Feb 1st. The early bird price is $80 if you register before April 1st. After April 1st it rises to $90. To learn more please visit – https://www.sourcesofknowledge.ca/


Kate McLaren shares this report of the the OSFN Young Naturalists Club activities Sunday February 9:”While Elaine van den Kieboom and Jody Johnson prepared the bonfire to heat hot chocolate and apple cider, Doug van den Kieboom led a long string of 12 children and just as many adults on winding trails through the forest in Sydenham township.

Their property is a haven for birds including Chickadees, Ruffed Grouse plus Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers. Within the mixed forest are some butternut trees, although most showed evidence of the fungus that is killing them throughout their range. Doug pointed out the stripped tree bark on cedars that was evidence of the resident porcupines. Coyote tracks criss-crossed with deer and skunks, although we didn’t spot them. We were a talkative group! Some followed Doug on a second loop while others chose to remove their snowshoes and cozy up beside the fire.

Elaine had previously prepared snow benches for everyone to sit on as they toasted bannock and marshmallows over the fire and talked about what they’d seen and heard.”  


To close, a Nature quote from The Magnetic North, by Sara Wheeler – “The extent to which man, for the first time in history has become the central force in shaping both climate and ecosystems is reflected in the term anthropocene, coined in 2000 by the Dutch chemist and Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen.  His suggestions that the influence of human behaviour on the earth constitutes a new geological epoch is gaining ground.”

River Otters, Saturday February 8, at Southampton Harbour. Photo by Pam Binnendyk

Birding the Waters of the Beaver Valley

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Event
Birding the Waters of the Beaver Valley
When
Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:30am
-
Noon
-
All Ages
Where
To Be Determined (map)
Other Info
Birding the Waters of the Beaver Valley during Spring Migration with David Turner - Tundra Swans and More.

Max 16

Please register with David at 519-924-3560 or fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com for directions to start location.

Sat.April 25 - 9:30AM to Noon

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Piping Plovers. A visit to Sauble Beach. W/Lynne Richardson

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Event
Piping Plovers. A visit to Sauble Beach. W/Lynne Richardson
When
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
1:00pm
-
All Ages
Where
(map)
Other Info
Piping Plovers. A visit to Sauble Beach to learn about the valiant efforts of these (super cute) endangered birds to raise their wee cotton-ball chicks on a busy public beach.

Max.15

Reg: lynnerichardson@rogers.com

Wed. June 24, 1 p.m.

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Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Event
Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski
When
Sunday, June 7, 2020
7:00am
-
11:00am
-
All Ages
Where
(map)
Other Info
Birding, Botany and Ecology at Bayview Escarpment Forest with Mark Wiercinski Tune in to the sounds and open your eyes to experience the richness of the Forest in Spring.

Max 4 plus leader, Mark = total of 5

Reg: Mark Wiercinski

biomark@icloud.com or 519-379-0437

Where: To Be Determined. The general location is Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve

Sun.June 7, 7AM to 11AM
plus, if there are more than four interested for June 7, Mark is offering a repeat event on June 14.
Sunday June 14, 7AM to 11AM

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A Search for Trail-marker Trees. Interpretive Hike at Neyaashiinigmiing with Lenore Keeshig.

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Event
A Search for Trail-marker Trees. Interpretive Hike at Neyaashiinigmiing with Lenore Keeshig.
When
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
10:00am
-
1-2 PM
-
All Ages
Where
Boundary Road and Sydney Bay Road (becomes McIver Rd) (map)
Other Info
A Search for Trail-marker Trees. Interpretive Hike at Neyaashiinigmiing with Lenore Keeshig.

Max 12
Bring a lunch
Location: Meet at intersection of the Boundary Road and Sydney Bay Road Register: lenorekeeshig@gmail.com

Wed. April 29, 10AM to 1-2PM

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