Field notes: our OFNC blog2018-01-04T14:38:10-05:00

More on Atlas III information – Zoom Meeting

With spring upon us, several local species have already started their breeding behaviour.  Migrants are arriving daily and staking out territory before nesting. Observing and reporting this activity to the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas provides essential information for Canadian researchers, scientists, government officials and conservation professionals that will help guide environmental policies and conservation strategies across Ontario for years to come. The Atlas is conducted every 20 years and is five years in duration.  Participation in this once in a generation [...]

April 18th, 2023|Categories: Birds, News|

Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Year III Launch Weekend

Ottawa Region Meet and Greet An informal Meet and Greet for the Ottawa Region of the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas from 0830 to 1000 at the Shirleys Bay Boat Launch on Sunday 23 April. Come find out about the Atlas and meet fellow participants who would be happy to share their experiences as a part of this premier community science activity. Participation is straight-forward and as easy as simply noting the presence of a bird. Your observations will provide essential [...]

April 18th, 2023|Categories: Birds, News, Research|

Editor’s Synopsis of CFN 136(3) plus FREE Feature Article

The latest issue of The Canadian Field-Naturalist (CFN) will soon arrive in the physical mailboxes of those with subscriptions for the printed copy. The CFN is the official journal and publication of record for the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club. The current issue is already posted online. The 108 pages are full of exciting discoveries on Canada’s historical and current biodiversity ranging from birds to wolves to earthworms. These include manuscripts on fern fossils and wood tur tle pre-fossils and a couple more [...]

March 6th, 2023|Categories: Canadian Field-Naturalist, Publications|Tags: , |

The Results are In – 2022 Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count

The 104th Ottawa-Gatineau CBC was held December 18, 2022. Temperatures ranged from minus 7.5 to minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, with variable skies throughout the day. 146 field observers plus 28 feeder watchers found 77 species and a record high 50,851 individual birds. Highlights included 3 Northern Shovelers (only the fifth record), a Harlequin Duck, 2 Horned Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, the sixth record for American Coot, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Red-bellied Woodpecker and 2 American Three-toed Woodpeckers. A [...]

February 21st, 2023|Categories: Birds, News|

OFNC Point Pelee Excursion – May 10-14, 2023

Update: As of March 14, we have a waiting list. Please follow the information below to add your name, if you would like to be offered a space should one open up. OFNC Point Pelee Excursion - May 10-14, 2023 The Events Committee is pleased to offer the Point Pelee Excursion to registered OFNC members in 2023! This page will be kept updated with any new information as it becomes available. The trip will run from Wednesday, May 10th to [...]

January 24th, 2023|Categories: OFNC event|

Christmas Bird Counts are all Around Us

The Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place on December 18 but there are plenty of opportunities to participate in other nearby counts.  Check out Christmas Bird Count Calendar 2022-23 The Kemptville area is preparing for its second Christmas Bird Count on December 29 and could use more participants.  If you are interested, please contact Vanessa Skelton at

December 20th, 2022|Categories: Birds, News|

Christmas Bird Count Season is Approaching

The Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 18,2022.  If you wish to participate, contact Bernie Ladouceur at vbladouceur[at] or 613-829-2473 for Ottawa or Daniel Toussaint at danieltoussaint[at] for Gatineau. For other nearby Christmas Counts check out Christmas Bird Count Calendar 2022-23 There are plenty of opportunities to participate in nearby Quebec Counts too.  The Club des ornithologues de l'Outaouais lists them at  COO Calendar of Events Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate in any or [...]

November 29th, 2022|Categories: Birds, News|

Ottawa Mycological Society hosts OFNC for fungi science

by Robert Courteau, president of the Ottawa Mycological Society It was a glorious sunny day on Saturday, September 24th when members of the Ottawa Mycological Society and of the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club came together at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre to contribute observations to the Great North American FungiQuest. MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre, just outside of Cumberland, is a closed-to-the-public property of 425 acres, dedicated to the education of elementary and high school students. Once or twice a year, they [...]

October 3rd, 2022|Categories: OFNC event|Tags: , , |