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Greens Creek trail 63 and beyond

On December 18, a small group of OFNC members met at NCC  P26 for a brisk wintry walk. After introductions, we headed for the top of the toboggan hill, then down a hydro right-of way to a perch overlooking the steep side of the Green's Creek valley. One of us recalled the high adventure of [...]

2020-12-26T09:31:29-05:00December 26th, 2020|OFNC event, Uncategorized|

Small walk at Macnamara Trail

Maureen Carrier knows the diverse habitats along this lovely trail near Arnprior.   She and one other member enjoyed a terrific winter walk in the quiet forest on December 8th. They saw 9 species of  birds.  

2020-12-13T22:30:11-05:00December 13th, 2020|OFNC event|

Small walk in Pine Grove

Participants on the November 27th walk on NCC trail 43. by Lynn Ovenden The group met at P18 and we all introduced ourselves. From there we crossed Davidson Road and walked leisurely up trail 43 to the 'arboretum'. The interpretive panels tell the history of the site: a sandy farm and woodlot 80 years ago, [...]

2020-11-28T20:14:47-05:00November 28th, 2020|OFNC event|

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 the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a small dedicated group of 18 OFNC members undertook this year's butterfly count. This annual count is part of the North American Butterfly [...]

2020-07-07T21:31:00-04:00July 7th, 2020|OFNC event|

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 forum. We meet periodically for Shroom Zoom, an online show&tell. Details at forum.mycoott.org. If this sounds fun, join OFNC if you haven't already, and check into the forum. .  

2020-06-03T22:34:45-04:00June 3rd, 2020|OFNC event|

Greetings and reminder of online resources

Dear OFNC Members, It has been a long time since we have been able to meet in person, whether at our monthly meetings or on field trips. We all hope these activities will resume sometime. Meanwhile, we wanted to make sure all members were aware of the many digital nature learning and appreciation resources available [...]

2020-07-07T21:33:02-04:00May 31st, 2020|News, OFNC event|

Birders find a warbler in the bleak mid-winter!

By Gregory Zbitnew; photos by participant Suzanne Hawkins (Editor’s note: Gregory submitted his text long ago, just after the trip; as did Suzanne submit the photos. It’s all my fault that it’s being posted so late. Thank you very much to Gregory and Suzanne! BM) The third annual “birding in the bleak midwinter” field trip [...]

2020-03-20T20:19:18-04:00March 18th, 2020|OFNC event|

Transit explorers “discover Pinecrest Creek”

Pinecrest Creek is piped underground from just south of Carling Avenue to near its mouth at the Ottawa River. Above, Erik looks for invertebrates. by Bev McBride (photos: Bev McBride) Today’s [Saturday, November 2, 2019] OFNC field trip, “Transit explorer series, Lincoln Fields the other way,” was fun and interesting. I can say that, even [...]

2019-11-03T11:41:28-05:00November 3rd, 2019|OFNC event|

Birding Petrie Island

We saw many of these plants loaded with colourful red berries, “highbush cranberries,” either the native North American or introduced European subspecies of Viburnum opulus. According to the experts present, these berries are edible, but when raw they are very sour, and have an unpleasant taste and smell. According to one source, “When you eat these berries [...]

2019-10-15T11:07:04-04:00September 13th, 2019|OFNC event|

Carlington Woods – a fine place for a nature walk

Carlington Woods is a natural wonder in the middle of the city. by Bev McBride What a treat it was to go on the Carlington Woods Ramble this morning! This was a joint event with the OFNC and the Friends of Carlington Hill. Convener-leader Owen Clarkin met the group at the trailhead. It was a [...]

2019-08-11T17:53:43-04:00August 11th, 2019|OFNC event|