Meetings are held at the Orillia Museum of Art and History 3rd floor, wheelchair access

We meet for outings at the parking lot behind Zehr’s to car pool and get directions.

The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg, specially Ojibwe/Chippewa people. This is Williams Treaty territory.

The meetings are held September through May at 7:30 p.m.

Non-members are always welcome.

For confirmation of dates/times, it is advisable to check with the contact person or the website.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018   7:00 p.m.

The joint meeting of Huronia area clubs is hosted this year by the Carden Field Naturalists’s Club, to be held at Carden Recreation Centre, 258 Lake Dalrymple Road, Kawartha Lakes. Meet behind Zehrs at 6:00 p.m. to carpool.

Guest speaker: Matt Lieberknecht, Master Falconer 

Contact: Tom Wilson                          (705) 345-1919


Wednesday, October 3, 2018                                              7:30 p.m.

Guest speaker: James Kamstra, Senior Terrestrial Ecologist, AECOM


Learn about different types of butterflies and their natural histories. .James has been fascinated by nature since he was a boy and he‘ll share his tips/tricks for identification.

Currently working as an ecologist /environmental consultant examining the impact of various developments on the natural environment, James also leads trips with Quest Nature Tours and is the Ontario Regional Editor for the North American Butterfly Association.

Contact: Fern Splichal            (705) 325-2952


Saturday, October 13, 2018                               10:00 a.m.


Hike the Adams Nature Reserve with Alec and Heather Adams and enjoy the fall colours on this 107 acre property. Alec and Heather will share stories of this land over the past 40 years and their pride in knowing it will be protected forever.

Contact: Marilyn Clark                            (705) 329-2845


Saturday November 3, 2018 10 a.m –1p.m.

Ontario Nature Fall Regional Meeting, hosted by the Sout Lake Simcoe Naturalists’ at the Chapel, De La Salle Park, Jackson’s Point.

Contact: Sue Deadman   (705) 835 5355


Wednesday, November 7, 2018                            7:30 p.m.

Guest speaker: Dan Strickland, retired Chief Park Naturalist, Algonquin Provincial Park

Topic: Our Amazing Canada Jays—the “impossible” birds of our country’s great northern forests

Learn how this permanent resident of our northern forests succeeds in living all year round in a hostile, seemingly foodless environment—even to the point of nesting in late winter—but is now under some threat from climate warming.

Contact: Heather Ewing                            (705) 259-0797


Saturday, December 15, 2018                            6:00 p.m.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count and Pot Luck Supper

Bird Reports and Pot Luck Supper at OMAH (2nd floor with kitchen). Members and non-members of all levels can take part in this world wide citizen project. Bring a group or you can be matched with more experienced birders if you wish.

A $5 donation per person to support Bird Studies Canada is appreciated.

Register with Fern Splichal            (705) 325-2952


Wednesday, January 2, 2019               7:30 p.m.

Guest speaker: Phil Careless, Park Biologist


Join us as we crawl and slither through the mind bending world of parasitic invertebrates found within your local Provincial Parks.

Contact: Tanya Clark             (705) 326-1620


Wednesday, February 6, 2019               7:30 p.m.

ADVANCES IN DNA SEQUENCING: How we will assess WaterQuality in the future.

Speaker: Dr Tom Edge, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, McMaster University

Hear about the latest advances in DNA sequencing and how this technology gets more information out of a water sample to improve water quality decision-making.


Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Snowshoe Outing

Explore East Coulson Swamo Nature reserve in the forested hills of the Oro Morraine

Contact: Heather Ewing 705 259 o797


Saturday, March 2, 2019                            3:00 p.m.

Couchiching Conservancy AGM will be held at Hawkridge Golf and Country Club, 1151 Hurlwood Ln, Severn, ON

Further information at

Contact: Tanya Clark (705) 326-1620


Wednesday, March 6, 2019              7:30 p.m.


Come join in the fun and test your knowledge on flora. Teams will be set up randomly and the quiz will feature beautiful slides from the Margo Holt collection – and prizes.

Quiz night is organized by Sue Deadman and Nancy Ironside. Denis Paccagnellawill be our MC for the evening.

Contact: Sue Deadman (705) 835 5355


Saturday, March 30, 2019   9:30 –12 p.m.


Duck, Duck, Goose! Join Sue on a search for migrating waterfowl, at the birder friendly Stayner Eco Park, as well as the surrounding area.

Bring spotting scopes, binoculars, field guides and snacks.

Meet behind Zehr’s at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

Contact: Sue Deadman (705)835-5355


Wednesday, April 3, 2019                7:30 p.m.


Guest speaker: Jean Iron

The extensive marshes and mudflats of Ontario’s James Bay are of international importance to breeding and migrating shorebirds.

During the summers of 2009 to 2018, Jean was a member of a crew surveying the endangered Red Knot. She will give identification tips and show what it is like doing bird research in a wilderness camp.

You may also see special birds and wildlife of James Bay.

Contact: Tanya Clark (705) 309 3861


Tuesdays and Thursdays in April 6:30 p.m.

Sights and Sounds Field Trips with Muriel Sinclair

Tues. & Thurs. Evenings                                    6:30 p.m.

Thursday,            April 4, 2019

Tuesday,             April 9, 2019

Tuesday,            April 16, 2019

Tuesday,             April 23, 2019

Go for a walk and keep your eyes and ears open. You never know what you will encounter on a trip with Muriel.

Meet behind Zehrs. Wear warm clothing

and waterproof footwear. Bring a Flashlight.

Contact: Muriel Sinclair (705) 325-7359


Carthew Bay Stewardship Team Outings (x4) – check the website or Facebook for dates. All are welcome.

Contact: Barb Ryckman (705) 242-4026


Wednesday, May 1, 2019                  6:00 p.m.


Join together to review successes of the year, met new and old friends and share stories of nature sightings from around the world.

On the 2nd floor gallery of OMAH. Kitchen facilities are available. Bring your dishes and cutlery. Members may bring digital pictures for a 5-10 minute presentation.

Contact: Barb Ryckman (705) 242-4026

BRUCE PENINSULA – NATURE WEEKEND Hosted by South Peel Nature Club

May 24 – 26, 2019




Limestone cliffs and sand beaches, hardwood forests and cedar swamps, fens and alvars – this variety of ecosystems on the Bruce Peninsula makes it a special place for naturalists.

South Peel Naturalists’ Club extends an invitation members of your club to join us to explore the Bruce Peninsula. This annual weekend event provides the opportunity to see the best of the Bruce with expert leaders and in the company of fellow naturalists.

The cost per person for the weekend:

– $20 registration fee to cover cost of bucket raffle prizes and lodging for volunteer leaders

– $244 (+ 13% taxes) per person for two nights’ accommodation at Evergreen Resort, Mar, ON (includes all meals and snacks)

For further information: or contact Donna at 905 815 0933 or Audrey at 905 820 2571



Saturday, May 25, 2019                                        7:00 a.m.


Join Ian Cook, an excellent birder, and club member Rob Henderson, on a walk looking for spring migrants near Matchedash Bay on the Cowan Trail.

Meet at Zehrs to carpool at 6:30 a.m. and bring a lunch and your binoculars.   It can be wet in places, wear rubber boots and bug repellent.

Contact: Rob Henderson (705) 849-6022


Ontario Nature

Spring and Fall Regional Meetings and

88th Ontario Nature AGM and Conference (June)

Check for details.

Contact: Sue Deadman            (705) 835-5355

Explore the Bruce Peninsula with Arni and Dianne Stinnisen
on June 7-8-9, 2019 

Most of the Bruce Peninsula is a UNESCO World Biosphere Protected Area. Discover Canada’s rarest orchids, the Bruce Trail, dark night skies, 3 million year old rock formations, stunning parkland and Native Indian cultural centers.


Red Bay Lodge, 462 Huron Road, South Bruce Peninsula

– main lodge rooms, 15 cabins (some pet-friendly), restaurant nearby –      1 (519) 534-1010

Note: please make your reservation under Orillia Naturalists Club

and RSVP to (need #s for BBQ on Saturday night)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019                                    8:00 p.m.

Chimney Swift Night – Join Leanore Wiancko and Kay Prince to watch the chimney swifts. Meet in the Orillia Public Library parking lot. Bring lawn chairs and warm clothes.

Contact: Leanore Wiancko (705) 326-5261