Category Archives: Honourary Life Members

Dave Fidler: Life Member

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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


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


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. Continue reading Bob Gray: Life Member

Lorraine Brown: Life Member

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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.   Continue reading Lorraine Brown: Life Member

Joan Crowe: Life Member

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. Continue reading Joan Crowe: Life Member

Dr Walter Tovell: Life Member

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. Continue reading Dr Walter Tovell: Life Member