Next Online Meeting:

Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 PM EST

Are There Penguins in the Arctic?
To answer this question, we will explore the connection between modern penguins of the Southern Hemisphere and the family of seabirds called Auks or Alcids that live in the North Atlantic and Arctic. This presentation will take us north, south and back in time.
Presentation by Jean Iron. Jean has traveled to many parts of the world studying and enjoying birds, wildlife and human history. She has made numerous trips to the Arctic and Antarctica as an expedition leader for Quest Nature Tours and she loves to share her fascination for the birds and wildlife of these remote polar regions. Jean is a well-known Ontario birder. She is a former president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) and editor of its newsletter. Jean received the OFO Distinguished Ornithologist Award in 2016. This evening Jean will take us north, south and back in time to answer the question: Are there penguins in the Arctic?
A Zoom link will be sent to the email list in advance of the meeting. If you are not on the ONC email list, contact Orillia Naturalists <orillianaturalists@gmail.com>.


young girl reading a nature bookNature Book of the Month

The Orillia Naturalists’ Club is excited to announce the Nature Book of the Month Program!
And we need your help to make it a success.

We will be highlighting a new book every month that is nature-related and sharing with club members. The posting will include the book title and author, a short review (no more than 400 words please) and information on where the book is available.

The review will be found on the 15th of each month under activities.

We are looking for volunteers who have read (or will be reading) a book to contact Nancy (nancy.ironside@sympatico.com ) to coordinate the timing of the recommendation and review and answer any questions you may have.

We will try, if possible, to give some notice of book recommendations upcoming so you can join in by commenting – like a virtual book club.

The February Nature book of the Month is Spillover, animal infections and the next human pandemic by David Quamman, Reviewed by Nancy Ironside

The March Nature book of the Month is Nature’s Best Hope, a new approach to conservation that begins in your yard, by Douglas W Tallamy. It is reviewed by Sharon Hancock, long time member of the ONC, and famous for her dinners, (with the help of Ron).

The April Nature Book of the Month is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom and Knowledge and the teaching of plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It is reviewed by Kyra Howes of the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority and a long time friend of the ONC and the Couchiching Conservancy. ( look under activities)

The May Nature Book of the Month is The Entangled Life- How Fungi Make our Worlds, Change our minds, and Shape our Future, by Merlin Sheldrake. It is reviewed by Sue Deadman, probably our best all round naturalist . It can be found under activities.

The June Nature Book of the Month is Under a White Sky; The Nature of the Future, by Elizabeth Kolbert. It is reviewed and enjoyed  by Heather Ewing, an avid reader and very active in the Orillia Naturalists’ Club.

The July Nature Book of the Month is Underland by Robert Macfarlane. It will be reviewed By Mark Bisset, Executive Director of the Couchiching Conservancy.


We hope someone will offer to review a book they are reading.

Happy Reading everyone!

At recent meetings, Rob Laidlaw has spoken about Bat Citizen, Mike Burrell about his book Best Places to Bird in Ontario, and Peter Mills about his book -Metamorphosis -Ontario’s Amphibians at all stages of development. Since these books have been summarized, under activities, in the meeting’s reports, they will not be a future Nature book of the Month.



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