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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June 2021

Annual General Meeting and “Birding different habitats in the Beaver Valley” with David Turner

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists will go ahead using a Zoom format due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Our Constitution requires that we hold the AGM within 6 months of the end of our business//financial year, December 31. We will be meeting those requirements.The Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 starting at 7 pm.Here are the OSFN Annual General Meeting reports.Here are some important instructions.1. In advance of the meeting day, please…

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Piping Plovers with Lynne Richardson

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Piping Plovers with Lynne Richardson: Visit Sauble Beach to learn 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. Reg: lynnerichardson@rogers.com or 519-599-3618 Current max is 10. If you have already registered for this, please re-confirm with the leader.

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July 2021

Birding in the Beaver Valley with David Turner

July 4 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Event Birding in the Beaver Valley, looking for Warblers and others in one location, then Grassland birds at a second location.When Sunday, July 4, 20217:30am – 11am or longer if wanted. All AgesWhere Starting at Beaver Valley Rest Area, just south of Kimberley halfway up the hill.Other Info OSFN members have first priority - but please register early to avoid disappointment. Social distancing guidelines in place.Washroom facilities may not be available.Please register with David Turner at 519-924-3560 or fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com for…

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Railtrail Ramble with David Morris

July 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Railtrail Ramble9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday July 10, 2021 (alternate date: July 13)Walk the Georgian Bluffs Railtrail east of Shallow Lake (out and back), looking at some of the less common (or at least, less known) flora found along the way. Limit: 12 people. Contact David Morris for directions.REGISTRATION CLOSED - Event is now full.Contact: David Morris, 519-376-1304 or davidtmorris@rogers.com

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August 2021

Introduction to How to Attract and Identify Moths.

August 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Moth Night - An Introduction to How to Attract and Identify MothsWhen: Wednesday August 4, 2021Time: 9 pm - 11:15 pm (Aug 5 - Rain Date) plus Thursday August 5 at 7 am to open Moth traps for ID, Photos and ReleaseWhere: Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre and Arboretum, 237897 Inglis Falls Road, RR 4, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6 Alan Macnaughton has good equipment and techniques for attracting moths, and he can show other people how to do it. He will set up several stations and use…

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Indian River Excursion with David Morris

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

9:30 pm to 11:30, Saturday, August 21, 2021 (alternate date: August 24)Explore the banks of the lower Indian River with David Morris. Emphasis will be on the flora. Note: rough, uneven footing including loose cobble. Limit 10 people. Meet at the parking lot for the Indian Falls Conservation Area (ball diamond, tennis courts). Contact: David Morris, 519-376-1304 or davidtmorris@rogers.com

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Monarch Tagging Workshop with Audrey Armstrong

August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This family friendly event will take place on Saturday August 21 (rain date August 22) from 1 to 3 pm at the Isaac Lake Boat Launch just north of Wiarton. How is it that monarch butterflies migrate 4,000 km to a place they’ve never been before? Why do we still need Citizen Scientists to assist in a North American monarch tagging initiative? How can they fly with a tiny “license plate” stuck to one wing? And how can you help…

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A Morning Forestry Walk at Massie Hills

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Morning Forestry Walk at Massie Hills with Carl Sadler Date: Wednesday August 25, 2021Time: 10am to Noon Starting at the main entrance to Massie Hills Mgmt. Area on Concession 6,  block and a half south of Grey Road #18 Learn about the Pine tree thinning that is planned for the area, followed by some Tree Identification in the hardwood forest. Public Health Guidelines and Protocols to be observed.Easy to medium difficulty.Maximum: 15Register: carl.sadler@bell.net 

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September 2021

Peninsula  Plant Perusal

September 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Peninsula  Plant PerusalDate: Friday September 3Time: 10:00 - noon Explore the trails at Black Creek Provincial Park near Stokes Bay. It’s aster and goldenrod season along with other fall beauties!Limit: 10Register: Barbara Palmer 519-377-2785, barbara_p@rogers.comNote: I will be on the Peninsula off and on and cell phone reception can be poor.

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Gitche-Name-wikwedong – Great Sturgeon Bay

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Indoor Program - Location or On-line details to be confirmed.Gitche-Name-wikwedong - Great Sturgeon BayPresented by: Sidney Nadjiwon, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation ElderRyan Lauzon, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Fisheries Assessment Biologist Alexander Duncan, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation PhD candidate at the University of British ColumbiaDate: Thursday, September 9, 2021 Time: 7 pmLearn about the history of the Sturgeon in the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory, including their biology, their historic importance to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and current status in Lake Huron/Georgian Bay. We will also…

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Sarawak Saunter with David Morris

September 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sarawak Saunter9:30 am to noon, Saturday, September 11, 2021 (alternate date: Sept. 14)Explore the diverse flora near Indian Falls with David Morris.  Our route will take us through an old farmstead, beside cropland, through abandoned fields reverting to “nature” and through mature maple woods.  The focus this year will be on goldenrods (six species) and asters (seven species).  Limit 12 people. Contact David Morris for directions.Contact:  David Morris, 519-376-1304 or davidtmorris@rogers.com

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Wonderland of Rocks at Rural Rootz

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wonderland of Rocks at Rural Rootz, Wiarton, with Tom & Dee AshmanDate: Saturday September 11, (alt Sep 12), 1pm – 4 pm Highlights include Cliffscape Ecology with amazing formations of limestone, fossils and fungi, a Beaver Pond tour, and "check out our incredible crop of Hart's Tongue Ferns. They are astonishing!"Register: jwdickso@gmail.comNote: Must be able to hike. (Rural Rootz directions www.ruralrootz.com)

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