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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. OFNC events are for members only. Prospective members interested in attending should contact the trip leader in advance. For some events, participation is limited and members will be given priority. Times given for events are departure times. Please arrive earlier, as 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.


Saturday, September 9, 9 am to 4 pm
BUG DAY!
Leader: Sophie Cardinal
Location: Salons A and B of the K.W. Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue

Bug Day is coordinated by the Entomological Society of Ontario in partnership with OFNC and AAFC. Visitors are invited to learn all about the fascinating world of insects, from expert entomologists on hand. Activities will include: a live insect zoo, guided insect nature walks, seminars on insects, cockroach races, kid's insect crafts, ask a bug expert, building insect collections, cooking with insects and more. This event will happen rain or shine in conjunction with the Central Experimental Farm Research Open House.


Tuesday, September 12, 7 p.m. social; 7:30 p.m. presentation

THE 100-MILE GARDEN: MOVING BEYOND THE PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Speaker: Grant Dobson
Location: Salon B, K.W. Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue

Grant's presentation will inspire you to create your own garden of "Ottawa Valley Native Plants" and cover topics including the benefits of gardening with native species and the planning, design, plant selection and cultural requirements to ensure a successful outcome.

Monthly meetings are open to the general public.


Saturday September 16, 9 am to 5:30 pm
SNAIL ID AND COLLECTING WORKSHOP IN GATINEAU PARK
Leader: Paul Catling
Location: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, QC

A diversity of snail species are found in the Ottawa area, this fascinating group of gastropods is under-sampled and poorly studied. This full day workshop will begin with both classroom and field activities to familiarize participants with snail identification and the collection of specimens. The afternoon will include dividing participants into groups that will collect snails at different locations throughout Gatineau Park. We have a permit to collect a few snails of each kind that we find, and all specimens from the workshop will become part of the research collection of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Registrants will receive an email with more details and the schedule closer to the event. No previous experience is necessary.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please register for this event by emailing ofnc@ofnc.ca.
Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m. social; 7:30 p.m. presentation

MY "TRAMP" WITH DR. VAN: A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY WITH OTTAWA'S PIONEER NATURALIST
Speaker: Randy Boswell
Location: Salon B, K.W. Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue

Dr. Edward Van Cortlandt was a 19th-century physician best known to Ottawa history as a hard-working, eccentric medical man with a peculiar interest in collecting objects for his widely admired "cabinet of curiosities". All true, but there is much more. At a time when Victorian science was coalescing into a vital nation-building force in Canadian society, Van Cortlandt's diverse and energetic explorations in the broadly defined realm of "natural history "- from geology and archaeology to botany and zoology - helped shape the intellectual culture of a new country and its burgeoning, backwoods capital. Recent research into Van Cortlandt's activities has shed fresh light on his significant contributions to Canadian environmental history, including the formative phase of what became the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club.

Monthly meetings are open to the general public.

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