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News & events 2018-06-20T03:17:10+00:00

Results of the 2017 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count

During the 99th CBC on 17 December 2017, 133 field observers and 28 feeder watchers observed 61 species. Although the weather was very cold – with temperatures ranging from -22.4° to -11.2°C – it was mostly clear and quite still throughout the day.  The highlights included an American Wigeon, 6 Snowy Owls, a Grey Catbird, and a record high of 4 Great Blue Herons.

See full report from the Birds Committee


Results of Canada 150 Bioblitz are in

To celebrate 2017, the Canadian Wildlife Federation held a year-long bioblitz asking all Canadians to observe and identify plants and animals from coast to coast to coast. Nearly 10,000 people participated including OFNC members Bernie Ladoceur, Diane Lepage, Suzanne Deschênes, Jim DesRivières, Jakob Mueller, David Seburn, Rob Alvo, Gord Robertson, Jeff Saarela, Owen Clarkin, Justin Peter, Chris Lewis, and Gillian Mastromatteo, who “blitzed” Gatineau Park on June 10 and 11.

Thanks very much to these keen naturalists and all other OFNC members who participated in this and other events last year!

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2017 award winners announced

  • Annie Belair – Member of the Year for redesigning Trail & Landscape as a communication venue for local members
  • Julia Cipriani – George McGee Service Award for dedicated service on Events Committee and other areas of Club activity
  • David Seburn – Conservation Award, Member for advocacy efforts influencing the decision to ban hunting of Snapping Turtles in Ontario
  • Teachers of Regina Street Alternative School – Education Award for connecting their students with nature at Mud Lake
  • Greg Lutick and Adrienne Jex – President’s Prize for improving service of refreshments at monthly meetings

Please come out and celebrate these outstanding people and our club on awards night, 24 February 2018.