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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April 2022

A New Quest for the Orchids of Bruce and Grey with Willy Waterton and Audrey Armstrong.

April 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A New Quest for the Orchids of Bruce and Grey with Willy Waterton and Audrey Armstrong.OSFN is reprinting their Canadian best seller, Orchids of Bruce and Grey. To update Dr. Donald Gunn's original analogue photos with digital imagery for this 5th edition, Audrey and Willy have, with help, located and photographed over thirty orchids in Bruce and Grey so far in 2021.Join Willy and Audrey on their continuing orchid quest.

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May 2022

Ants of Ontario, incl. Grey Bruce, with Dr. Gary Umphrey.

May 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ants of Ontario, incl. Grey Bruce, with Dr. Gary Umphrey.Learn about Ants, their activities and behaviours, plus their relative status on the continent, and in the world. Dr. Umphrey, of the University of Guelph, will share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Ants we know - and for those we have yet to meet.

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June 2022

Our Piping Plovers: Where are they at, and how are they doing? with Andrea Gress.

June 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our Piping Plovers: Where are they at, and how are they doing? with Andrea Gress. Ontario’s Piping Plover population has been declining in recent years. With the 16th breeding season well underway, join Andrea Gress, the Program Coordinator with Birds Canada, to refresh your general plover knowledge, learn if this season might have higher results, and find out how you can help.

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Piping Plovers with Lynne Richardson

June 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Piping Plovers with Lynne Richardson. Visit Sauble Beach to find out about the valiant efforts of these super-cute and super-endangered birds to raise their wee golf-ball sized chicks on a busy public beach, and learn about Plover Lovers too.Register: lynnerichardson@rogers.com 519-599-3618

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Saugeen Valley Lookout Visit Nels Maher’s & John Weir’s Fern Garden.

June 23, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saugeen Valley Lookout Visit Nels Maher's & John Weir’s Fern Garden. Visit Nels Maher's and John Weir’s Fern Garden. See Orchids, Birds and more on this 40 Acre Naturalized Propertynear Durham. Bring lunch, & enjoy tours by Brian & Clare Maher. Register: brianmaher599@hotmail.com or 705-728-1507

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