|The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club|
PLEASE NOTE: This web page contains the most up-to-date information on events. Please check it regularly for changes or additions to events. The Club's Facebook group and Twitter account (@OttawaFieldNat) will also be used to announce last-minute changes to events.
We expect to hold several weather- and year-dependent events that are not included in Trail & Landscape and will only be announced at the last minute via our website, Facebook and Twitter. These include seasonal events such as Snowy Owl viewing, the spring Snow Goose spectacle, Eardley Eagles and Mudpuppy Night.
Check out the web site of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists for more local events.
The OFNC's Events Committee plans an extensive program of monthly meetings, workshops, day trips, and longer excursions for the education and interest of our members.
Almost every weekend all year round, you can join a knowledgeable nature buff on an excursion to one of the many conservation areas in our region. Learn to identify some of the hundreds of birds that frequent our lakes, fields, and forests; wade through a marsh searching for amphibians; or take a leisurely stroll with fellow nature lovers.
Complete details of all the activities can be found in our quarterly newsletter Trail & Landscape, which is free to members.
Field trips to natural areas in our region and beyond take place all year round. These events are for OFNC members and prospective members. Prospective members are welcome unless the notice indicates that participation is limited, or that bus travel is involved. Times stated for events are departure times. Please arrive earlier; leaders start promptly. If you need a ride, please contact the leader.
Please bring a lunch on full-day trips and dress according to the weather forecast and activity. Binoculars and/or spotting scopes are essential on all birding trips. Unless otherwise stated, transportation will be by car pool.
There can be risks associated with any recreational pursuit. Before you participate in nature walks and similar outdoor activities, we will ask you to read and sign a statement in which you assume the risk of the activity and release the OFNC from liability for any loss, damage or injury, however caused and whether or not contributed to by the OFNC’s negligence. This assumption of risk and release includes any minors accompanying you.
Our monthly meetings are be held on the second Tuesday of every month except July and August in the K.W. Neatby Building, Salon B, at 960 Carling Avenue. There is ample free parking in the lot on the west side of Maple Drive by Carling Ave., immediately to the east of the main entrance to the Neatby Building. Details below.
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Events oriented to all ages
Kids are welcome on all of our trips. We have highlighted particular hikes as "oriented to all ages" as these are most likely to be enjoyed by typical children. Depending on your child(ren)'s interests and stamina, please feel free to bring them along on any events. For events tailored to kids, check out the Macoun Field Club.
Sunday, 29 November: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This is a walk through the arboretum with an ISA certified arborist discussing winter ID skills and tree structure. We will answer some big questions like why and how trees become dormant in the winter. We will discuss how trees function as stand-alone ecosystems, including the fungal organisms living on them that are still active long after our arboreal friends get ready for their winter "nap". Dress for the weather and bring snacks and refreshments. Hand lens, field guides and notebooks could be of use, but are not required. This is a rain or shine walk.
Tuesday, December 1, 7 pm
We’ll discuss what’s next for Safe Wings, and figure out together how we can best get there. Come and share your ideas, tell us what you think, ask questions, and volunteer for specific tasks — there’s a lot to do even outside of patrol season! Et nous sommes bilingues, alors nous pouvons aussi discuter en français.
We hope to see you there!
Sunday, 20 December
This is one of the area's annual bird counts. To participate, please contact email@example.com. Details re: the post-count compilation and dinner will be provided to participants by the sector leaders, closer to the date of the event.
PLEASE NOTE: firstname.lastname@example.org was created as a general contact email address for organized bird counts in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Details re: contact persons and sector will be shared as soon possible.
Saturday, 2 January
35th Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count. Another traditional local CBC, featuring more rural habitats than the Ottawa-Gatineau count, and not that far out of town. Please contact count coordinator-compiler Bruce Di Labio for details at email@example.com. If you live on the Quebec side, contact Mo Laidlaw at 819-682-5371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 16 January, 7-10 pm
If you take natural history photos, this is your opportunity to share some of your images with fellow members. The mix of different topics and voices makes for an enjoyable evening. Contributions may be 7-10 minutes long. We can handle most digital presentations (images on a flash-drive), and even conventional slides (with some warning please). We encourage presenters to speak about their images. Please contact Hume Douglas (humedgl (at) gmail.com) or Barry Cottam (b.cottam (at) rogers.com) so that we can organize the presentations.
Monday, 1 February, 7-8:30 pm
Jim is an acclaimed moth photographer whose large-format images of Ottawa area moths have been exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and are now touring museums across Canada. Richard is a research scientist with the Carleton University Biology department whose doctoral dissertation is on moth camouflage. They will be showing photographs of local moths and reporting on their OFNC-supported experiment conducted this summer. Their work explores whether ultraviolet LEDs can attract moths. Their goal is to invent moth lights that are both portable and affordable.
Thursday, 12 May to Sunday, 15 May
Our club is planning another fantastic birding trip to Point Pelee and Rondeau Provincial Parks with several stops in interesting birding places along the route down and back. We have booked rooms in the newly renovated Leamington Comfort Inn with buffet breakfast service. We shall charter an air conditioned bus with toilet facilities. We expect the cost to be about $500/person. Expect more details in the next issue of Trail and Landscape and on the OFNC site. In the meantime, to secure your place on this trip, call Martha Farkas at 613 729-4619.