OSFN Programs

Please note that all Programs, and schedules are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, please check with this site for updates and changes to dates, speakers, locations, etc. We thank you for your understanding in these matters.


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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October 2021

Water Birds & More, with David Turner

October 30 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

***Postponed to Oct 30th due to heavy rains***Sat Oct 30 9:30-Noon Water Birds & More, with David TurnerA chance to check up on the birdlife around the shores, river banks, wetlands, and more; to learn who has just flown in, who is planning to stay, and who will be winging away southwards soon.Reg: fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com 519-924 3560

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November 2021

Exploring the Geology of the North Shore, Manitoulin and Lake Superior

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exploring the Geology of the North Shore, Manitoulin and Lake SuperiorJenna McGuire will share what she has learned exploring the geology to the north of Grey-Bruce and how it ties into local geological and cultural stories. (If in person, Jenna will bring a variety of local and northern specimens for viewing.)

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Birding Around the Bay – Waterfowl and More

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Birding Around the Bay - Waterfowl and More with Erik Van Den Kieboom & Kiah Jasper.  A fall tradition you won't want to miss, checking the shorelines and the Sound itself with migration well underway.  Meet at the front of the Owen Sound Bayshore Community Centre.   Register: erikkieboom@outlook.com and/or kiahjasper@gmail.com

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December 2021

Monarchs: Concerns & Conservation with Audrey Armstrong

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Monarchs: Concerns & Conservation - Audrey Armstrong’s great passion is monarch butterflies. This illustrated talk, with photography by Willy Wateron, will include: an update on the status of the population; conservation strategies and recent scientific research concerning monarch butterflies; plus, descriptions of the monarch’s lifecycle here in Bruce Grey, in California and at overwintering sites in Mexico. Learn how you can help with conservation efforts and habitat creation in your own back yard!

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Annual Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs)

December 14, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Annual Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) Dec 14, 2021 - Jan 5, 2022OSFN members are invited to participate in CBC's across Grey-Bruce. Counts are held on different dates throughout the CBC period in Owen Sound, Meaford, Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Hanover, Wiarton, Pike Bay, Cape Chin & Bruce National Park. Watch the HTH & E-Heralds for dates and contacts, or visit this link & zoom in to find a CBC near you.www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/index.jsp?argetpg=mapviewer&lang=EN

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January 2022

Regeneration through fire: The role of burns in alvar habitat.

January 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Regeneration through fire: The role of burns in alvar habitat. Emma Horrigan, Conservation Projects and Education Manager at Ontario Nature, will guide us through the prescribed burn process recently undertaken at Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve, on Pelee Island, including the rationales, the risks, and the rewards along the way. Discover too, about an important local contribution to these activities.

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February 2022

Nordic Ski with Beth Anne Currie and John Dickson

February 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Nordic Ski with Beth Anne Currie and John Dickson We’ll ski over parts of the Grasslands of Sarawak/Georgian Bluffs/and/or Cobble Beach…depending on snow accumulation.Snowshoers are welcome to come along at your own pace.Weather permitting. We will be following Public Health Guidelines.For meeting location details and to Register: bethannecurrie@sympatico.ca or TEXT @ 519-379-8231

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Zanzibar: A World of Spices, with Pamela Kinchen

February 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Zanzibar: A World of Spices, with Pamela KinchenPart II of A Dream Trip realized, to "See it All – Before it’s Gone!” Three weeks of - “Pinch me – I’m really Here!”

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Who Made Those Tracks & Why?

February 26, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Who Made Those Tracks & Why? Jeff Kinchen will lead you on this interpretive late winter tracking hike, you will learn how to observe and recognize Nature’s clues. Snowshoes may be needed for this event. Register: bognors.finest@gmail.com or 519-374-4246

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March 2022

Members’ Night

March 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Members' Night - Brian Robin CoordinatingA potpourri of OSFN members’ slides, displays, art, collections and compositions focusing on the natural world. A limit of 10 minutes for each presentation is preferred. Register yours with Brian at robin.brian@gmail.com.

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Hogg’s Falls in Spring with Lilla Fodor

March 23, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hogg’s Falls in Spring with Lilla Fodor Join us for a 3 hour spring hike exploring the main Bruce Trail, along with two side trails, as we loop below through Beaver Valley ending at the always lovely Hogg’s Falls, stopping along the Boyne River for snacks or lunch. Along with early Spring plant growth, expect anything from mud to possible ice this time of year, so please wear appropriate footwear. Hiking poles would be helpful, and pack some snacks or…

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Birding the Waters of the Beaver Valley

March 26, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Birding the Waters of the Beaver Valley with David TurnerBirding the waters of the Beaver Valley  - Tundra Swans (300 plus in 2021) and much more, at birding hotspots in the Valley during the Spring Migration. Register: fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com or 519-924-3560

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