Trees and Shrubs with Owen Clarkin

Members’ Only Outing – Trees & Shrubs with Owen Clarkin – Morris Island CA

Mark your calendars        Registrations accepted starting Tuesday October 11


Event Date:  Sunday 23 October 2022    Time: 9:00 am to noon (approx. 3 hrs)

Trip Rating:  1/5 or 2/5 (for forest trails)            No Rain date – light rain will be dealt with

Meeting Location: Morris Island Conservation Area parking lot

Google Maps link:

There is a fee to park – with debit/creditThe parking lot fills early so either arrive early and do a little exploring on your own or at least in time to find a spot and deal with the parking machine.

Please no dogs for any MFNC outing.

 Leader: Owen Clarkin

We are always happy to have Owen Clarkin (a woody plant expert) agree to lead a field trip for us.  Owen will lead the group around Morris Island Conservation Area focusing on woody plants (trees) and shrubs.  He has been keenly interested in nature and especially trees for as long as he can remember.  His interest in tree conservation is evident in his previous statement: “One of my personal goals is to renew legacy trees by intentionally planting young specimens from the spectrum of our indigenous species, before the older ones are all lost to us.”  For those of you who have not been on an outing with Owen before, put this one in your calendar.

Please wear appropriate hiking gear, tucking in socks (poison ivy & ticks) and bringing binoculars, a camera and hand lens are always a good idea if you have them.

 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.

Register at No earlier than Tuesday October 11th.

You may register yourself and anyone in your own household only. Confirmation emails will be sent.  Please do not assume you are registered if you have not received and email.

Please include:     

  • The full names of all in your household who wish to attend;
  • A statement that you have read and answered “No” to all questions on the attached COVID questionnaire (this is on behalf of all in your household).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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 have one change while the risk of spreading COVID-19 continues: Field trip participants will be required to read and attest that they have answered no to all questions on this 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 been tested positive for COVID or 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 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.