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The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, founded in 1863 and incorporated in 1879,  is the oldest natural history club in Canada. Over 800 members participate in many aspects of the natural world, from birding to botanizing, investigation to publication, conservation to cooperation. We hope you will find something here to suit your interests.

Events

Calendar of events for the public and outings for members

Where to go birding, bird sightings, bird identification, bird-related activities, and birding code of conduct

Information on Trail & Landscape, The Canadian Field-Naturalist, and other OFNC publications

This long-term project of the OFNC shows how to use native species and create habitat for wildlife – even in the city.

Photo of Macoun Club members using a dissecting microscope

Children and youth

Macoun Field Club
For ages 8–18

Conservation

Information about current and past conservation efforts of the club

Safe Wings Ottawa

Information and volunteer opportunities to prevent bird collisions

Flora and fauna

Information about flora and fauna found at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden

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Recent blog posts

The Third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas

The Third Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas begins in 2021.  The atlas is an incredibly ambitious endeavour and is only possible with the support of keen [...]

Seedathon 2020

The results are in!!! The OFNC Seedathon took place on August 30, 2020. There were 15 participants who submitted 39 checklists.  The first was submitted [...]

OFNC butterfly count 2020

Which fritillary? Participants found Great Spangled, Atlantis, Silver-bordered, Meadow, and a record number of Aphrodite Fritillaries on 4 July 2020. Photo by Li-Shien Lee. Despite [...]

Mycology Ottawa

by Lynn Ovenden. Several OFNC members who enjoy looking for mushrooms and lichens are sharing information and photos of their fungal finds on a web [...]

Promoting the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of Canada’s natural heritage

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