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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

Birding

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

Publications

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

Fletcher Wildlife Garden

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

Children and youth

For ages 8–18: Macoun Field Club

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

Nature Memories

by Lynn Ovenden On January 8, 2021, we shared our personal memories of things in nature that we once knew, but they aren't the same [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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