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.

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A Woodlot Tour with Carl Sadler

A Woodlot Tour with Carl Sadler 2pm - 3:30pm   Wednesday December 20 Highlighting some of the history of the Derby Tract property and the Forest Plantation Management there. Please register with Carl at   carlsadler67@gmail.com  or by phone at 519 372 7092Meet at the Derby Tract Entrance Parking Lot, along the Hydro Corridor, on Concession 3, north of Grey … Continue reading A Woodlot Tour with Carl Sadler

An update on the use of parasitic wasps in control of emerald ash borer in Ontario w/ Susan McGowan

A description of the parasitic wasp program, carried out in an effort to control Emerald Ash Borer in Ontario, including our own local site at the West Rocks Management Area, in Owen Sound. A short update on the progress of Emerald Ash Borer, locally and across Canada. Susan McGowan is a Retired Provincial Forest Health Provincial … Continue reading An update on the use of parasitic wasps in control of emerald ash borer in Ontario w/ Susan McGowan

Snowshoe Hike at the Osprey Wetlands

Snowshoe Hike at the Osprey Wetlands with Kevin Predon If you have previously registered for this snowshoe hike, Kevin would appreciate an email or phone call to the address below so that he can update you with current program information.  Date: Sat Jan 20, 2024,Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm The Osprey Wetlands are one of the highest elevations in Southern … Continue reading Snowshoe Hike at the Osprey Wetlands

Tick Talk – Lyme Disease 101 with Dr. Anne Uings. Via Zoom only!

Important information for you to get first hand here:  Absolute numbers of ticks are increasing, The percentage of ticks carrying Lyme is increasing. Ticks are being dispersed to new areas by mammals and migratory birds.  The percentage of ticks carrying serious Co-infections is increasing.  Learn more here.  Via Zoom only. Access details will be shared … Continue reading Tick Talk – Lyme Disease 101 with Dr. Anne Uings. Via Zoom only!

Nordic Ski with Beth Anne Currie and John Dickson (2024)

Thursday Feb 8 - 10am to 11:30 am - Nordic Ski with Beth Anne Currie and John Dickson *** CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW ***We’ll ski over parts of the Grasslands of Sarawak/Georgian Bluffs/and/or Cobble Beach…depending on snow accumulation. Nature and history enrichment with fellowship and gentle exercise in the great outdoors. (A Snowy … Continue reading Nordic Ski with Beth Anne Currie and John Dickson (2024)

The Lake Huron Aquatic Ecosystem w/Arunas Liskaukas

The Lake Huron aquatic ecosystem has experienced profound changes over the last few decades, primarily driven by the effects of invasive species. Fish communities have been altered and food webs have been disrupted and changed. Predicting the future state of fish communities has become much more difficult as a result. I will provide an overview … Continue reading The Lake Huron Aquatic Ecosystem w/Arunas Liskaukas

Who Made Those Tracks & Why? (2024)

Saturday, February 24 2024 - 1pm to 4pm with Jeff Kinchen: Who Made Those Tracks & Why?An enriching tracking tutorial in the wilderness. Learn to observe and recognize Nature’s clues. Jeff Kinchen will lead you on this interpretive late winter tracking hike. Always a popular outing and a special time. Snowshoes may be needed. ***THIS … Continue reading Who Made Those Tracks & Why? (2024)

Members’ Night –  Brian Robin Coordinating

A potpourri of OSFN members’ photos, displays, art, collections and compositions focusing on the natural world. A limit of 10 minutes for each presentation is preferred. ***Currently Full!*** Thank you to everyone who registered! Future applications will go on a waiting list.Register yours with Brian at web@osfn.ca

Grey Roots Spring Lecture Series – Orchid Quest w/ Audrey Armstrong & Willy Waterton

DETAILS and UPDATE: Due to popular demand, Grey Roots have added a second lecture time of 2:30 pm. You can choose which time you prefer – 1:00 or 2:30 pm. It will be the same presentation at both times. Join us on Tuesday March 19 at 1:00 PM or 2:30 PM for Orchid Quest: with Audrey Armstrong & Willy Waterton, Searching for Bruce & Grey’s 49 orchid species. … Continue reading Grey Roots Spring Lecture Series – Orchid Quest w/ Audrey Armstrong & Willy Waterton

Birding the Waters of Beaver Valley with David Turner

Saturday, March 23, 2024 - 9:30 am – 12:00 pm  Birding the Waters of Beaver Valley with David Turner Tundra Swans and more at Lake Eugenia, and nearby, including some first arrivals during the early SpringMigration.  *** This Event is FULL! ***Reg: fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com or 519-924-3560

Grey Roots Spring Lecture Series – John Muir Lived Here in Grey County

Join us on Tuesday March 26 at 1:00 PM for John Muir Lived Here in Grey County with Robert Burcher. Robert Burcher is a photographer, writer, historical researcher and wilderness explorer who has been fascinated by John Muir, the Scottish-born American conservationist and Sierra Club co-founder, for decades. The discovery of an abandoned historical plaque in the … Continue reading Grey Roots Spring Lecture Series – John Muir Lived Here in Grey County

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.