Members’ Only Outing – Owl Prowl REGISTRATION CLOSED

Please read the attached announcement completely and carefully before registering.  As this outing has been very popular in the past and involves driving from location to location, we need to limit the number of vehicles while hopefully accommodating as many members as possible.  Unlike other outings, priority will be given to maximize this and secondarily to order of registration.

In registering, you agree that you have read the Macnamara Field Naturalists Pre-field trip Questionnaire and have answered “NO” to all questions. You further understand that you are required to maintain a physical distance of six feet (6’) /two metres with anyone outside your household or wear a mask when that is not practical.”

For your registration to be complete, you must indicate one or more of the following:

Driving own vehicle – I have at least one passenger & can accommodate ____more people.

Name of passenger(s):____________________________________________________

Driving own vehicle – I have at least one passenger & cannot accommodate anyone else.

Name of passenger(s):____________________________________________________

Driving own vehicle – I am alone & can accommodate ____more people.

Driving own vehicle – I am alone and cannot accommodate anyone else.

Driving own vehicle but willing to carpool with others.

Have no vehicle – would like to carpool with others.

Date:  Sunday 27 March

Time: 7:00 PM – probably late

Meeting Location: We will meet in the Metro store parking lot.  Park opposite the store but close to the road.

Carpooling:  You must let me know when you register if you will be carpooling with anyone (and if so, with whom), if you are willing to carpool with someone or if you would take someone in your vehicle.

I have put a multiple-choice selection for this in the email.  Please copy and paste (or highlight) the relevant choice(s) as mentioned in the email in your registration email.  Preference will be given to those with two or more people in their vehicle or those willing to carpool.  I will need to know the number of vehicles expected as it may not be safe to stop at some points along the route with an unlimited number of vehicles and the number will therefore be capped. (I will assume members of the same household will travel in one vehicle.)

Please no dogs for any MFNC outing.

Leader: Michael Runtz

Michael will lead the group to several locations along rural roadways in the Arnprior/Pakenham area where we can expect to find owls.  Target species are:  Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl and Eastern Screech Owl.  Along the way, the group will learn about the ecology and behaviour of these beautiful and fascinating birds.  Dress very warmly (warm comfortable boots are especially important as are ice grips depending on conditions) as we will be standing outside for periods of time.  Bring a flashlight/headlamp and binoculars if you have them.

The duration of the event will depend on the time it takes the group to find our target species.  This may make it a bit of a late evening.  Please respect that quiet is sometimes essential when getting out of vehicles (please close doors softly and keep any talking to a low whisper).  Also respect that there is other traffic on the roadways where we stop.  Please consider these things when deciding whether this is an appropriate event for your children both for their benefit and that of the other participants.

A note about Covid:  While COVID restrictions have eased, you are still asked to maintain physical distancing.  Please bring and wear a mask where physical distancing is not possible.  Please do not come if you are ill or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19 or have been told to isolate.  Notification of cancellation as soon as possible would be appreciated and is especially important if you have agreed to and been designated as a carpool driver.  Also please ensure that you notify us via  if you later find that you have come into contact with Covid 19.

While registration priority will include order of registration to those who have included the COVID statement in their registration email, maximizing participation through carpooling will also be considered. Confirmation emails will be sent. You may register yourself and anyone in your own household only but I must have the required information about your carpool plans at the time of registration.


Register for this outing at  Please include the full names of all in your household who will be attending no later than Tuesday March 22nd.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I know this is a bit of a complicated one.


Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club Pre-trip COVID-19 Questionnaire


Dear potential field trip participant,

We know that field trips have been an appreciated feature of your Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club membership and while we have had to scale down our numbers to keep participants and leaders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are glad to have been able to keep them running for some of that time.  We will resume our trips with one change while the risk of spreading COVID-19 continues: Field trip participants will be required to complete a pre- trip questionnaire.



  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever/feverish, new or existing cough, difficulty breathing, new loss or decrease in sense of taste or smell, runny nose, sneezing (non-allergy related), hoarse voice, nasal congestion, chills, headache, unexplained fatigue or malaise, difficulty swallowing, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye?

YES                      NO

  1. Have you traveled internationally or had close contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days?

YES                      NO

  1. Have you had close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days without wearing the required or recommended PPE (e.g. goggles, gloves, mask and gown)?

YES                      NO


The Field Trip Coordinator will advise you by email if you have forgotten to include the statement but cannot hold your place in the registration queue until your statement has been received.

Prior to or on the day of the field trip:  Please review this questionnaire.  If you answer “YES” to any questions in the questionnaire above, do not attend this field trip and please contact the Field Trip Coordinator at as soon as possible to deregister you so that someone on the waiting list may take your place.  You do not have to report any of the answers to the questionnaire; Just request to be removed from the list.

During the two weeks after attending a field trip:  If you experience any of the symptoms in question #1 or you test positive for COVID-19, please notify the Field Trip Coordinator at so that other participants may be informed of their potential exposure. Your confidentiality will be respected.