Member Group Detail

Muskoka Field Naturalists

Town: Bracebridge

Ontario Nature Region: Huronia

The club was established in the 1981 by a group of naturalists from Bracebridge and Gravenhurst to provide a focus for people, interested in the natural diversity of in Muskoka and surrounding areas, to gather, meet and study. The club meets on the first Thursday of every month (winter Bracebridge and summer Gravenhurst) and has a current membership just under of 100 families.

Muskoka is a transition zone for many species from Great Lakes/St. Lawrence forests to the south and the Boreal forests of the north. Because of this ecological significance, the Muskoka Field Naturalists have a diversity of features and species to study and enjoy through indoor talks and natural outings.

The club is involved in an array of activities including: monthly speakers, field trips, bird counts, education, advocacy and stewardship. A variety of field outings are held including animal tracking, astronomy, butterfly counts and owl prowls. Annual weekend outings have included Algonquin, Mississauga and Killbear Provincial Parks. Longer trips beyond Muskoka have included old-growth forests in Temagami, the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto, migrations in the Niagara Gorge and Long Point, the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island.

"Nature for Seniors" is special program designed and presented by club members to various retirement homes in Muskoka. This program focuses on bringing the natural diversity of Muskoka through the seasons to these residents. Periodic school programs are also offered.

The club provides input to province-wide environmental issues such as provincial land-use planning (Ontario Legacy). Local planning concerns include golf course development, resort expansions, and shoreline cottage development and their impact on wetlands and other natural communities. The Club is involved in a number of stewardship activities with the Muskoka Land Trust and is a steward of Ontario Nature's Crossley Nature Reserve.

Visit the Muskoka Field Naturalists website for more information.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or


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