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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November 2020

Resilience with Marilyn Struthers and John Anderson

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Field Naturalists welcome John Anderson & Marilyn Struthers in a conversation about our beautiful community and climate change. The film Resilience was created locally to build awareness and engagement in the most pressing threat to our natural environment in our life times. Watch the film, and then come for a discussion about what we can do to play our part in preserving the beautiful landscapes we live in.  John and Marilyn will talk about how they came to be a part of local…

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Hope Bay Nature Reserve with Bob Gray, Geology and More

November 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

 Hope Bay Nature Reserve with Bob Gray, Geology and More - Exploring amazing potholes and sinkholes at Hope Bay Nature Reserve, along with these highlights -            "Right now, for the folks that enjoy botany, there are a good number of cut leaved grape fern and leathery grape fern present at the site. For wildlife enthusiasts, there are several beech trees present with bear claw marks on them from feeding on beech nuts at some point in the past.  For the physical geography…

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Owl Prowl with Jarmo Jalava and Miptoon (Anthony Chegahno)

November 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Owl Prowl with Jarmo Jalava and Miptoon (Anthony Chegahno) Date: Friday, November 20, 2020 Time: 5:30PM to 8PMGeneral location: Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash First Nation). Directions to Owl Prowl meeting location will be shared with confirmed participants. (alternate date Nov. 21) Limit: 8 participants. Public Health Guidelines to be observed. Register: John Dickson at jwdickso@gmail.com

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Great Lakes Aquatic Species at Risk presented by Kat Lucas

November 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Toronto Zoo Great Lakes Program is providing this special presentation about some of the species at risk in the Great Lakes and how we can protect them. A question and answer period will follow. This will be a ZOOM webinar. Details of how to join will be sent in an e-Herald closer to Nov. 26th. The webinar will be open at 6:45pm to sort any technical difficulties. Didn’t receive an e-herald, would still like to join or have any questions? Please contact web@owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca

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December 2020

Geology in the age of LiDAR: What new technology is telling us about Canada’s last great ice sheets. With Dr. Nick Eyles

December 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Geology in the age of LiDAR: What new technology is telling us about Canada's last great ice sheets. With Dr. Nick EylesLight Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology is the key to autonomous driving and is also changing how the science of geology is done by allowing mapping of the earth's surface in unprecedented detail. Nick Eyles Nick Eyles P. Geo holds a Ph.D (East Anglia) and D.Sc. (Leicester) and is Professor of Geology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)…

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Grey Bruce Christmas Bird Counts, 2020

December 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The local CBCs will be complying with all current public health guidelines and practicing physical distancing. It is our understanding that there will be no local in-person gatherings after the counts. If you would like to participate in one or more counts, please contact the Christmas Bird Count coordinator for the count area you are interested in. Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Owen Sound Christmas Bird Count - Erik Van Den Kieboom - erikkieboom@outlook.comSaturday, December 19, 2020 - Hanover/Walkerton Christmas…

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January 2021

Exploring the Polar Regions: A Guide’s Perspective Bella Waterton and Paul Scriver

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bella Waterton and Paul Scriver have been working in the polar regions for the last decade, most recently along the Hudson Bay coastline guiding at, and managing a National Geographic Polar Bear Lodge. They will speak about their experiences, the wildlife of this area, plus tourism there and in the broader polar regions. This is a ZOOM webinar. Details of how to join will be sent out in an eHerald closer to the event. The webinar will be open at 6:45pm…

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Tanzania: Cultures of Maasai and Lions; and Zanzibar: A World of Spices with Pamela Kinchen

January 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tanzania: Cultures of Maasai and Lions; and Zanzibar: A World of Spices with Pamela KinchenDate:  Thursday, January 28, 2021Time:  7 p.m.A Dream Trip realized to see it All - Before it’s Gone! Three weeks of “Pinch me - I’m really Here! This is a ZOOM webinar. Details of how to join will be sent out in an eHerald closer to the event. The webinar will be open at 6:45pm to sort any technical difficulties.Didn’t receive an e-herald but would still like…

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Being a Bird in North America by Robert Alvo

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Being a Bird in North America by Robert AlvoDate:  Thursday, January 28, 2021Time:  7 p.m.Robert is a conservation biologist, bird expert, with special emphasis on loons, and the author of Being a Bird in North America (available directly from Robert).  The first portion of this webinar is titled "Common Loon Breeding Success in Relation to Lake Acidity and Lake Size over 38 Years" and will be followed by a Q & A. The second portion is titled "Being a Bird in North America"which deals with the most…

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February 2021

Tanzania: Cultures of Maasai and Lions; and Zanzibar: A World of Spices with Pamela Kinchen

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

Tanzania: Cultures of Maasai and Lions; and Zanzibar: A World of Spices with Pamela KinchenA Dream Trip realized to see it All - Before it’s Gone! Three weeks of “Pinch me - I’m really Here!” The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. This is a ZOOM webinar. Details of how to join will be sent out in an eHerald closer to the event. The webinar will be open at 6:45pm to sort any technical difficulties.Didn’t receive an…

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Nordic Ski with Beth Anne Currie and John Dickson

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Date: Wednesday, February 17 2021Time: 10-11:30am - Plan to meet after 9:45am.We'll ski over the Grasslands of Sarawak/Georgian Bluffs. Snowshoers welcome too.Weather permitting, and following Public Health Guidelines.For meeting location and to Register:Please contact: bethannecurrie@sympatico.ca or 519-376-7237

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Who Made Those Tracks and Why? with Jeff Kinchen

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Who Made Those Tracks and Why? with Jeff Kinchen Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021Time: 1 pm - 4 pmThere is still room in this interpretive late winter tracking hike. Learn how to observe and recognize Nature's clues.  You will need your snowshoes for this event.Register: bognors.finest@gmail.com or 519-374-4246 We continue to adhere to Public Health guidelines related to Covid-19 and distancing requirements.  When you register you will be provided further information.  

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