OSFN Programs

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OSFN Indoor Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E Owen Sound. There are no Indoor Meetings in July and August. However, until the City of Owen Sound’s COVID-19 restrictions and provincial and public health guidelines change, meetings will be held virtually, via ZOOM.  Please see the individual event listings below for more details.

We invite speakers with a wide range of expertise from Grey/Bruce and other parts of the province. These evenings are open to the public. The auditorium is open by 6:30, with coffee and refreshments. The meeting gets under way at 7:00, and may include brief announcements by other organizations as well as OSFN club acitivities, club business, social time, nature sightings and reports.

The club also offers a full schedule of outdoor activities during the year. Through these outings, members learn more about the birds, plants, mammals and geology of this part of Ontario. We also keep a protective eye on our precious natural areas.

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Ants of Ontario, incl. Grey Bruce, with Dr. Gary Umphrey. Plus Book Sale!

May 12 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Date: Thursday, May 12
Time: 7pm – 9pm 
Location: Bayshore Community Centre.

Tales of Ants: Near and Far, Now and Then
This talk will take an ant-centric view of how the study of a taxon at a local level allows us to
connect with and appreciate the greater diversity of the same taxon at larger geographic scales.
Ever-emerging (and often spectacular) scientific discoveries combined with the rapid
development of superior tools for aggregating and disseminating myrmecological information
make this a golden age to be an ant enthusiast. Is it going too far to say that knowing more about
ants will enrich your life?

Photo by Steve Marshall

Gary Umphrey
 is employed as a statistician in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at
the University of Guelph, but he has long maintained twin passions for both ants and data.
Myrmecology is the study of ants, so he has declared himself to be a myrmecostatistician. His
interests in ants are wide-ranging, but started several decades ago with field work on Ontario
ants. His statistical interests also go back in time, but were formulated well after the invention of

ZOOM Option Feeling unwell, testing positive or just unable to join us in person? There is a live ZOOM option for this presentation. For the best presentation experience and to view the books from the Andrew Armitage and Lorraine Brown estate, the best experience will be in person. Zoom details were sent in an e-Herald. Not a member and would like to view over Zoom – email  web@owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca with “Ants” in the subject.

Book Event (Prior to the meeting)

Donations to support future OSFN publications & the Lorraine Brown Conservation Fund The estate of Lorraine Brown & Andrew Armitage is offering their extensive library collection to club members as an OSFN fundraiser to support future OSFN publications and the Lorraine Brown Conservation Fund. Come and browse hundreds of books: insects, moths, butterflies, birds, mushrooms, nature, gardening and much much more!

Available by donation to OSFN (cash or cheque only)
Come early to the May 12th meeting 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Books will also be available for donation at June 9th meeting.