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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.

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Guidelines for participants on field trips

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.

All outings

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.

Trip waiver

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.

Monthly meetings

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.
Leader: Kyle McLoughlin
Meet: near Friends of the Farm building no. 72

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
Coordinators: Anouk Hoedeman and Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl
Location: Fletcher Wildlife Garden (how to get there)

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!

Safe Wings Ottawa web site

Tuesday, 8 December, 7 pm social; 7:30 pm presentation
Speaker: Howard Simkover
Location: Salon B, K.W. Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue

Every couple of years, somewhere on the Earth, the shadow of the moon touches down and sweeps at supersonic speed across oceans and continents. For a brief few minutes, people in the path of this celestial shadow experience perhaps the most spectacular event in nature - a total eclipse of the sun. Howard Simkover will talk is about solar eclipses - what they are, when they happen, why they are perceived to be so rare, and why many thousands of people travel to experience them. Howard Simkover, a lifelong enthusiast of astronomy, was a Producer-Lecturer with the Montreal Planetarium, and also spoke on astronomy at the National Museum of Science & Technology. Howard has travelled the world to see many solar eclipses, and he will share his experiences with words and images.

The long-awaited book, Being a Bird in North America, has been published! Its author, Rob Alvo, will be selling and signing copies at the OFNC monthly meeting. Cost: $35 (tax included) for OFNC members, or $45 (tax included) for non-members. Shipping and GST are extra if you purchase from the website (www.babina.ca).

This book features over 200 species accounts plus original cartoons, photographs, and up-to-date conservation information. It focuses on the unique and fascinating traits of each species, which makes it ideal for seasoned birders and amateur bird lovers alike.

Monthly meetings are open to the general public.

Sunday, 20 December

This is one of the area's annual bird counts. To participate, please contact birdcounts@ofnc.ca. 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: birdcounts@ofnc.ca 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 bruce.dilabio@sympatico.ca. If you live on the Quebec side, contact Mo Laidlaw at 819-682-5371 or molaidlaw@videotron.ca

Tuesday, 12 January, 7 pm social; 7:30 pm formal program
Location: Fletcher Wildlife Garden Interpretive Centre (How to find the FWG)

The Council for 2016 will be elected at this meeting. There will be a brief review of the activities in 2015 and a statement of the Club's finances will be given. This is an opportunity to meet most of the Club's executives and the chairs of the various committees and to find out what makes your Club tick.

Monthly meetings are open to the general public.

Saturday, 16 January, 7-10 pm
*oriented to all ages*
Leaders: Barry Cottam and Hume Douglas
Location: K.W. Neatby Building, 960 Carling Ave.

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
Presenters: Jim des Rivieres and Richard Webster
Location: Fletcher Wildlife Garden Resource Centre (How to find the FWG)

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
Leaders: Roy John, John Cartwright and Jon Ruddy

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.

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