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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September 2020

Two Autumn Rambles at Anglesea Nature Trails & Managed Forest, SW of Chatsworth.

September 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Ferns, Trees, Erratic Boulders, and History, with Don Rawls in the Klondike Hills. Second event September 24th.Register: rawfam46@gmail.com or 519-794-0561

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Two Autumn Rambles at Anglesea Nature Trails & Managed Forest, SW of Chatsworth.

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Ferns, Trees, Erratic Boulders, and History, with Don Rawls in the Klondike Hills. First event September 17th.Register: rawfam46@gmail.com or 519-794-0561

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Ferns, Mosses, Geology with Jenna McGuire

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Approx. 2 hrs. medium difficulty trail, 3.6km. near Hope Bay “We willdiscuss the evolutionary history of ferns and mosses, their lifecycles,key identification features, their role in the ecosystem. and relating tothe Peninsula’s bedrock.” Register: mcguirejennae@gmail.com

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October 2020

What is Stoney Orchard Trail and Where is it?

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Elaine Mason answers “What is Stoney Orchard Trail and where is it?” East side walk (Rain date Oct 2nd). Enjoy easy terrain, shaded areas & open views; wear runners orhikers. Register: masonfam@sympatico.ca or 519-372-0597

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Lake Eugenia Water Birds with David Turner

October 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lake Eugenia Water Birds with David Turner. Discover the Avian Delights of this Birding Hot Spot.Register: fleshertonartgallery@gmail.com or 519-924-3560

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David Morris presents: “Resident Aliens”

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

David will focus on a selection of plants that have been here so long that we all take them for granted as being part of the landscape, except that they are all introduced species. Most are herbaceous but there are a few woody ones too, and alien plants are still being set loose into the environment, even today.This is our second ZOOM webinar. Details of how to join were sent in an e-Herald (Oct 4th, 2020). The webinar will be open…

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Bob Knapp Old Growth Forest Hike

October 17 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Bob Knapp Old Growth Forest Hike, 6KM, in the Marshall Woods. Bring water and snack. Terrain can be uneven. Register: rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519 371 1255

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Beaver Valley Nature Hike

October 20 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join John Burton of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club for a three hour tour of the newly completed Stew Hilts Loop Trail. Highlights will include old growth maple/beech forest on the Beaver Valley western slope, the waterfall, plus the view from the lookout, across to Old Baldy and east to Eugenia Falls. Please bring a lunch or snack.Good footing, excellent trail, medium difficulty with some up and downs over the length of the trail. Walking sticks are a good…

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November 2020

Birding Around the Bay – Waterfowl and More

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sun Nov 8, 10am – 2pm Birding Around the Bay - Waterfowl andMore with Erik Van Den Kieboom, and Kiah Jasper.A fall tradition!  Meet at the front of the Owen Sound Bayshore Community Centre.Register:erikkieboom@outlook.com and/or kiahjasper@gmail.com Reminder: social distancing will be in place, and masks should be quickly available in the case of inadvertent closer contact than planned. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in regards to COVID-19.

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Resilience with Marilyn Struthers and John Anderson

November 12 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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