Owen Sound Field Naturalists » Achievements
We are proud of our achievements. Here are but a few
- the creation of a nature trail linking two seniors’ residences on the east side of Owen Sound.
- a naturalization project in Harrison Park, where we planted native species attractive to birds under some very tall, old pines.
- building a boardwalk through the wooded property at Hibou Conservation Area, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Owen Sound, with funding from the federal Environmental Partners Program. This trail also includes interpretive panels.
- in collaboration with the Saugeen Field Naturalists, we built a boardwalk with interpretive panels through Oliphant Fen on the Huron shore of the Bruce Peninsula. Funding came from MNR’s CWIP program.
- the construction of an avian viewing tower at Baie du Dore, where Bald Eagles gather each winter at the warm water outflow at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station. This platform is used now by many groups, including the Federation of Ontario Naturalists.
- a new tourism brochure for the City of Owen Sound. Called “Natural Owen Sound”, this brochure will direct visitors to four walks where visitors can enjoy birds, plants, geology and other aspects of nature in and around Owen Sound. Funding was provided by the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
- in collaboration with the Canadian Friends of John Muir, we organized a day-long event celebrating the time John Muir spent in our area.
We have also provided funding for some important acquisitions and projects over the years. For example:
- We gave the Bruce Trail Association $1000 toward the purchase the land at Skinner’s Bluff.
- In 1998 we made a donation of $2000 toward the Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies near Wiarton.
- In 2001 we contributed $1500 to the Peregrine Falcon release project in Owen Sound.
- We recently donated $5000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada towards the purchase of 200 acres in the Malcolm Kirk Nature Reserve (formerly known as Long Swamp).
- And for several years now, we have sent one or two young naturalists to the FON summer camps.
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011