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John Hlynialuk – Galapagos

November 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

“The Galapagos is one of the most unique environments on the planet -its ecology, geology and scientific value cannot be understated. The most important theory in science expressed in Darwin’s Origin of Species was supported by his observations there. And much to their credit, the inhabitants have made the islands accessible to tourists in a wonderful harmony of nature and conservation.The talk will explore some of the aspects of the most unique place on planet Earth.” 

The talk focuses on several areas including the discovery of the Galapagos Islands, their geology and how that has produced the unique species of organisms that exist there. Also of interest are the current efforts to maintain the unique ecosystem which, like many other unique areas on our planet, is under threat from various sources. 


John Hlynialuk  (pronounced: HILL – IN – EYE – LUCK) is a retired high school teacher who taught in both Bruce and Grey County high schools. He has been an avid stargazer since his teens when his interest in general photography led to pictures of the starry sky, comets, the moon, northern lights and solar and lunar eclipses. Several of his photographs have been published in national astronomy magazines and he contributes astronomical images to local publications.

John has also helped out with astronomy programs at the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre and the uniqueness of that facility has led to a deep interest in terrestrial ecology as well. While not an expert on flora or fauna, he has a keen interest in the natural world. And as for the current talk, how can one not be enthralled by those magnificent giant tortoises of the Galapagos! 

To receive a zoom link, please send an email, in advance, to    web@osfn.ca   with “Gala” in the subject line. Please note – OSFN members be sent a link via e-Herald.

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. 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. The meeting gets under way at 7:00, and may include brief announcements by other organizations as well as OSFN club activities, 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.