Field Naturalists have a busy March planned

The Owen Sound Field Naturalists (OSFN) have several activities lined up for March that include family-friendly events.

Tomorrow, Thursday March 12th, the will be hosting their Members’ Night, featuring as many as seven brief presentations as diverse as Bill Moses’ “Using Phragmites to enhance habitat choices for bees; David Morris pointing out “armed and dangerous” plants that should be avoided; Bruce Peninsula wildflowers and photography guidelines with Lyn Reket; Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy with Neil Baldwin; Dorcas Bay Road wildflowers with Barbara Palmer; a Piping Plover update with Norah Toth; and shades of green and gold with John Dickson.

 Young Piping Plover enjoys the sun with Mom                                 from a log


Starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Bayroom of the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, everyone is welcome, and encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free, although donations are very welcome. For more details please visit



Then, on Sunday March 15th, a four-part lecture series ‘How Can Food Systems Regenerate Our Earth?’ begins, featuring Dr. Thorsten Arnold, a local farmer scientist and climate and food systems advocate.  The lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Harmony Centre, located at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue east in Owen Sound with the topic ‘Biosphere Self Regulation of its Climate.  Admission is on a Pay What You Can basis.

All lectures in the series also begin 1:30 p.m. on Sunday April 5th, ‘Regenerative Agriculture and the Biosphere’; Sunday April 26, ‘Food Systems for the Biosphere’ and Sunday May 3, ‘Making Holistic Land Use Decisions’.  Arnold is known for the eloquence and substance of his talks and his articulate presentations.

Support for this lecture series has been provided by Eat Local Grey Bruce, Climate Action Team of Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound, Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, OSFN, and St.George’s Anglican Church.

On Friday March 20th at 2:00 p.m., Grey Roots Museum and Archives, as part of their March Break feature Back to Your Roots, is offering a chance to “Learn about moths and what they do in the winter” with a fun presentation by Brian Robin, in the Grey Roots theatre, co-presented by the Young Naturalists club.

On March 24th, Grey Roots begins its Spring Lecture Series with Dr. David Holah asking  How Green is Green Energy?  Hopes of moving away from fossil fuels lies with the increased use of green energy (solar and wind) and the production of batteries for
electric cars.  Success will largely be dependent on a few metals of which most people have never heard of and which come with a significant environmental cost. This presentation is part of Grey Roots’ Spring Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons following March Break, March 24th through April 14th, in the Theatre and are Free with admission.
Talks take place at 1:00 p.m. and are repeated at 2:30 p.m.
Complimentary refreshments following this talk, are provided, courtesy of Owen Sound Field Naturalists.

Finally, for March on Saturday March 28th, Grey Roots is also presenting a chance to learn more about hibernation, with popular speaker and naturalist Jenna McGuire, also co-sponsored by OSFN.