Past Field Trips

2024 Outings

January 27 2024 – Mudpuppies at Mississippi Mills

February 17, 2024 – Birding Arnprior and Environs

March 3, 2024 – Beginner Tree Identification with Erik Pohanka


2023 Outings

November 25 2023 – A Lichen Walk with Dr. Troy McMullin

We joined Troy and his two very knowledgeable Grad students on “one of the best field trips ever” to look for lichen on Calabogie mountain.  While the hand lenses and cameras were all trained onany species of Macro Lichen, the first trail did not take us to the altitude at which Troy expected to find the rare Pale-bellied Frost Lichen.  After a brief lunch and warm up, some of the group continued to a second location where, after a fairly steep climb and a bit of a tromp through some raspberry canes, the lichen was found in its known location. 

Very happy to report that during Troy’s upcoming presentation on December 6th, the whole club will be treated to pictures of the amazing tiny features of Macro Lichen, some of which were seen during this outing.  Thanks again to Troy, his students and Club participants.

October 28 2023 – Joint OFNC/MFNC Shagbark Hickory outing with Justin Peter

On a gorgeous fall day, 21 members of MacNamara Field Naturalists’ Club and Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club joined Ottawa born and raised Justin Peter to seek out a naturally reproducing stand of Shagbark Hickories at the northern fringe of their range. We identified Shagbark and Bitternut Hickories as well as other trees such as the incredibly hard Ironwood tree and a magnificently huge “mother” Oak tree. We learned about how and where these trees reproduce, when to collect a nut and how to tell if it is viable for planting. 

While our hunt for the “fabled” stand of Shagbark was unsuccessful, we had an opportunity to see a small family of Red Crossbill birds chowing down at the top of a Pine tree.  Thanks again to Justin for his enthusiasm and all the participants from both MFNC and OFNC



2022 Outings

February 19 2022 – Fitzroy Provincial Park with Karen Krueger

June 23 2022 – Natures’ Apprentice Farm Tour


2021 Outings

October 9, 2021 Fungi – High Lonesome NR with Jonathan Mack

October 22, 2021 – Geological Processes at Pinhey’s Point with Jean Dougherty

October 23 2021 – Mosses on the Macnamara Nature Trail with Jennifer Doubt

November 2 2021 – Carp River with Janet Mason

December 9 2021 – Birding by Car Blitz with Michael Runtz


2020 Outings

July 18 2020 – Burnt Lands Provincial Park with Derek Dunnett & Erik Pohanka

August 1, 2020 Morris Island Conservation Area with Derek Dunnett & Erik Pohanka

August 15 2020 – Dragonflies with Owen Ridgen

August 30 2020 – Shaw Woods with Jakob Mueller

September 26, 2020 Trees on the Mac Trail with Dr. Owen Clarkin and Art Goldsmith

October 3 2020 – Mac Trail Fungi with Jonathan Mack and Lynne Ovenden

November 7, 2020 – Basic Tree ID in Gillies Grove, Arnprior

December 27, 2020 – Leafless Trees at High Lonesome with Erik Pohanka


2019 Outings

February 17, 2019 – Fitzroy Park Snowshoe with Karen Krueger

April 16 2019 – Owl Prowl with Michael Runtz

May 12 2019 – Geology of the Cantley Quarry with David Sharpe

May 11 2019 – Birding in Presqu’ile Provincial Park with Doug McRae

May 14 2019 – Spring Ephemerals with Karen Runtz

June 30 2019 Orchids in the White Lake Fen with Michael Runtz

July 6 2019 Evening Birding at the Bill Mason Centre with Art Goldsmith

July 27, 2019 – Birds of the Burnt Lands with Derek Dunnett

August 12, 2019 Ferns on The Macnamara Trail with Lis Allison

August 24, 2019 – Birds and Herps at Stony Swamp with Derek Dunnett & Sophie Roy

October 5 2019 Mushrooming for Beginners with Suzanne Monnon

November 9 2019 – Nature Walk at High Lonesome with Art Goldsmith


2018 Outings

February 2018 – Nature Walk at Spence’s with David Spence

February 2018 Snowshoe and Social in Fitzroy Park with Karen Krueger

March Break Nature Walk on the Macnamara Trail

2018 Annual Owl Prowl with Michael Runtz

April 19, 2018 – MFNC at the Museum of Nature, Collections with Troy McMullin & Lynn Gillespie

May 5, 2018 – Spring Ephemeral Outing with Mary Marsh

June 3, 2018 – Native Tree Walk with Owen Clarkin

June 8, 2018 – Birds on the Mac Trail with Art Goldsmith

June 28 2018 – Orchids in the White Lake Fen with Michael Runtz

August 13, 2018 – Lichens with Dr. Troy McMullin

September 15, 2018 Birding Dunrobin and Constance Bay

October 13 2018 Geology of the Ottawa Region with Dr. Wouter Bleeker

November 18 2018 – Late Fall Birding Around Arnprior with Sophie Roy