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We are a passionate group of individuals with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds but whom all have an enthusiastic interest in nature.

See the calendar to the right for upcoming events, and the full program can be found on our program page here.

You can see recent activities such as outings, recap of meetings and more on our Activities page.

And make sure you are signed up as a member and following on Facebook and Instagram. Joining the club is a great way to learn about nature, meet like minded people and connect with your community.

february

07feb7:00 pm9:00 pmMEETING: Mute Swans in ontario

march

06mar7:00 pm9:00 pmMEETING: Ancient DNA - the next frontier

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. Sign up for our email list through our Google Form. Contact us: orillianaturalists@gmail.com

 

RECENT ACTIVITIES

  • February Meeting Recap – Mute Swan Society
    Thanks to the 34 people who attended in person and 25 people on Zoom for our February meeting with Kelly Duffin from the Mute Swan Society. Kelly’s presentation covered identification, history, population and range, life cycle, social and common behaviours and common misconceptions. The presentation focused on one pair – “Mama and Dad Swan” (being …
  • Recap: Migration Birding at Point Pelee with Jeremy Bensette
    We had over 50 people attend our virtual meeting with guest speaker Jeremy Bensette. HIGHLIGHTS: Perfect geography for migration since the landscape reaches into Lake Erie; Many migratory birds prefer to follow coastlines; Great Lakes make a southward “funnel” shape; Southernmost point in mainland Canada; 20 square kilometres of protected naturalist habitat. A mix of …
  • Christmas Bird Count Summary 2023
    Warm weather with barely any snow and a wide open lake made for an enjoyable count, but definitely different. Teams were able to stay out longer because of the weather but there were also birds missing from the count. Overall 11,220 individual birds counted (slightly lower than last year). There were 68 species, which is a …