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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 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

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OFNC

Recent blog posts

Looking at bryophytes

Bryophytes are non-vascular plants that include mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. They create tiny but intricate and extensive landscapes that play an important role in regulating [...]

Great Resources for Birders

If you haven’t visited the OFNC website for some time there are two excellent additions to help birders get out and about and find all [...]

Pollinator Garden in 3 Boxes

by Lynn Ovenden There are 3 raised beds at the edge of FWG’s old field between the butterfly meadow and the old woods. Together, they [...]

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

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