The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club is a non-profit organization with over 600 members dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of our wild plants and animals.
The Club traces its history to the founding of the Hamilton Bird Protection Society in 1919. Our early achievements include the designation of Cootes Paradise as a nature reserve in 1927, and the organization of 34,000 children in Junior Audubon Clubs across Canada during the 1930’s. We celebrated our 85th anniversary in 2004.
A Human Voice for Our Wildlife and Natural Areas
Our goals are:
- to promote the enjoyment of nature through environmental appreciation and conservation
- to foster public interest and education in the appreciation and study of nature
- to encourage the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection
From September to May, the Club presents monthly talks and slide presentations on all aspects of natural history. Guest speakers present scientific research and elaborate on topics from weather forecasting to international nature experiences to environmental issues. View current programme. Visitors are always welcome.
Walks led by knowledgeable club members are held throughout the year in local nature areas. During summer these are weekly events, supplemented by trips to other parts of the province. View Field Events on our Calendar. These events are open to visitors and children are always welcome.
Bird Records and Meetings
Members have maintained detailed records of bird species for decades, providing an invaluable barometer of changes in the local environment. A monthly Bird Study Group meeting includes slide presentations, identification workshops, guest speakers and shared experiences. Annual bird counts are conducted and local sightings are posted to a twitter page and emailed through a google group. Club projects have included raising and releasing Bald Eagles and an annual Falconwatch to monitor nesting Peregrine Falcons in downtown Hamilton during the critical fledging period.
The club is a very active and respected advocate for wildlife, natural areas, and the protection of the environment. Our Conservation/Education Study Committee examines and comments on local land use planning and environmental issues affecting the community. It plays an active role in the cleanup of Hamilton Harbour and the protection and restoration of other local natural areas. The Committee also coordinates efforts to educate children and the general public about biodiversity and the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat.
Head-of-the-Lake Land Trust
In 1962, the Club became the first volunteer organization in Ontario to purchase significant areas as nature sanctuaries. The Club currently owns several Nature Sanctuaries including two rare Carolinian forest habitats and has also contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist Conservation Authorities and others to protect important natural areas in Ontario.