Welcome to our website! Our 2023 program is now available.​

Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 a.m.


Don Currie will lead us on an easy fall colours hike on this 5 km return trail through country lanes and wooded areas. A highlight is the panoramic view of Lake Muskoka from a look out.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. behind Zehrs to carpool. Pack a lunch.​​

Wednesday, November 2, 2022                 7:00 p.m.


Dr. Brian Stevens, Wildlife Pathologist, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

From the sudden death of ducks in Wasaga Beach last year to mysterious pigeon deaths in London, Ontario, Dr. Stevens will cover a range of diseases and other factors that threaten our local wildlife.  

Saturday, December 17, 2022               6:00 p.m.


Member and non-member birders of all levels can take part in this worldwide citizen science project! Bring a group, or we can match you with a group. 

Bird Reports and Pot Luck Supper at OMAH (2nd floor with kitchen). A $5 donation per person to support Bird Studies Canada is appreciated.

We try to keep the website up to date with events and activities as regularly as possible, but please make sure you are on our email list so you receive notices. Email us to be added: orillianaturalists@gmail.com

We are meeting via in person and Zoom, and meeting details are sent via email. The events are also posted on Facebook as well (not necessarily as an ‘event’ – sometimes just as a post). Connect with us on Facebook, where we share sightings, local news and how to help protect our environment. https://www.facebook.com/orillianaturalistsclub
Become a member or renew your support to help us bring in interesting speakers and help in the community. http://orillianaturalistsclub.ca/about-us/membership-application-form/

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 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 is reviewed By Mark Bisset, Executive Director of the Couchiching Conservancy.

The November Nature Book of the Month is Jungle Peace by William Beebe. It is reviewed by Nancy Ironside. It was published in 1918, in a different era, but full of adventure and natural history. I loved reading it.

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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