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[caption id=”attachment_353 width=”202″ class=”img-right”] Falcon Watch lead monitor Audrey Gamble accepting the Environmentalist of the Year Award of Merit. June 07, 2007. (Photo: Glenn Barrett)[/caption]

The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club has been presented with many awards over the years for our publications and for our programs promoting nature education and nature protection. Some of these are listed here.

Environmentalist of the Year Award of Merit

Presented to Falcon Watch on June 6th, 2007.

2007 Conservation Award of Excellence

Presented by Conservation Halton
May 23, 2007. For assistance in the development of the Halton Natural Areas Inventory

2006 Conservation Award of Excellence

Presented by Conservation Halton

For the protection and management of the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary and participation in the Halton Natural Areas Inventory Program. This effort has contributed to environmental protection and watershed health.

Ontario Nature

November 14, 2006. Presented on the 75th Anniversary of Ontario Nature in recognition of Hamilton Naturalists’ Club as a founding club of Ontario Nature.

Carolinian Canada Conservation Award

November 10, 2005. In recognition of an outstanding contribution towards the protection of the natural diversity and natural habitats of Ontario’s Carolinian Zone.

Conservation Halton Award

2002. Presented to the Junior Naturalists of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club for “outstanding contribution to conservation in the Halton Watershed”.

Certificate of Appreciation

Conservaton Foundation of the Hamilton Region
October 4, 2001. Presented to the Sanctuary Committee of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club “in recognition of your generous contribution towards land acquisition in the Vinemount South Swamp”.

W.E. Saunders Natural History Award

Presented by the Federation of Ontario Naturalists
June 16, 2001. Recognizing an individual or group that has achieved a significant goal related to some aspect of natural history or natural science research. For the publication, Naturally, Hamilton! A Guide to the Green Spaces of Hamilton-Wentworth and Area.

Corporate Partner of the Year Award

City of Hamilton 2001 Tourism Awards of Excellence
May 30, 2001. Presented to a corporate partner who is not traditionally recognized as part of the tourism industry, but has given exceptional support to tourism in Hamilton. For the publication, Naturally, Hamilton! A Guide to the Green Spaces of Hamilton-Wentworth and Area.

Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve Studies Certificate of Appreciation

June 26, 1998. In recognition of “your pioneering spirit, dedication and outstanding service in implementing the NEBRS Canadian Biodiversity Plots”.

An Award of Merit to the Junior Naturalists’ Club

June 1998. Presented for meritorious service in the protection and enhancement of our environment to the Junior Naturalists’ Club. A Presentation by the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club at theEnvironmentalists’ of the Year Awards.

Lee Symmes Municipal Award

Presented by the Federation of Ontario Naturalists
November 7, 1996. In recognition of achievement in the field of Environmental Planning.

The Bruce Trail Association’s Patron of the Escarpment

October 1994. Recognition for the Hamilton Naturalists’ Nature Walkathon for the Environment. “Your generous support will provide a legacy of natural treasures and ensure that future generations will have access to a unique environment, the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.”

Office of the Chairman Proclamation

declaring 1994 as the year of “Naturally Hamilton-Wentworth”
January 18, 1994. Recognition for the first volume of the Natural Areas Inventory of Hamilton-Wentworth being published. Citizens were urged “to become informed and recognize the magnificent natural features of our Region and the efforts undertaken to perserve and restore them.”

The Ralph Sherwood Conservation Award

Presented by the Halton Region Conservation Authority
1993.In recognition of an outstanding contribution to conservation in the Halton Watershed.

Certificate of Participation

Presented by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, NOVA and Polysar Ltd., with the endorsement and support of the Ontario Ministry of Environment
1989. “In appreciation of your participation in Pitch-In ’89 campaign.”

Minister of State for Youth, Canada Certificate

September 1, 1989. In recognition of active participation in the Summer Employment Program for Canada’s students.

The Victor Cecilioni Award

to the Conservation Committee of the Hamilton Naturalists’, Club Environmentalist of the Year 1988

June 1989. For Meritorious Service in the protection and enhancement of our environment. A presentation by the Conserver Society of Hamilton & District Inc.

City of Hamilton Certificate of Appreciation

May 7, 1988. For the valuable effort put forth on Clean-Up Day.

Great Lakes Raptor Recovery Plaque

Environment Canada, Ontario Region & Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario
1980’s. In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Restoration, Recovery and Conservation of Raptor Populations in the Great Lakes Basin.

Hamilton Region Conservation Authority Conservation Award

February 11, 1982. For outstanding efforts in the field of environmental conservation.

Soil Conservation Society of America Certificate

October 26, 1975. Presented to “The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club Spooky Hollow Sanctuary” In Recognition of Natural Plant Community Management in a Wise and Judicious Manner

Naturally, Hamilton! Recognized With Two Awards

by Glenn Barrett, President; reprinted from September 2001 issue of The Wood Duck

It will come as no surprise to regular Wood Duck readers that the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club has many opportunities for volunteers to assist with education and conservation projects.

The past efforts of one such group of keen and enthusiastic Club volunteers were recognized recently as the HNC won awards not once, but twice for one of our finest publications – Naturally, Hamilton! A Guide to the Green Spaces of Hamilton-Wentworth and Area.

Club wins the Corporate Partner of the Year Award

On May 30th the Club was awarded the Corporate Partner of the Year Award at the City of Hamilton 2001 Tourism Awards of Excellence. This annual award is presented to a corporate partner who is not traditionally recognized as part of the tourism industry, but has given exceptional support to tourism in Hamilton.

Here is some of what the Economic Development Department had to say when they presented the award:

“This organization has been an active supporter and booster of Hamilton and its natural areas since its inception in 1919. This organization has always been willing to be a part of preserving, protecting, and promoting the natural wonders to be found in our area, thereby providing ecotourism opportunities for residents and tourists alike.

Most recently this organization revised and updated their key publication Naturally, Hamilton!. With funding support from their efforts and the Canada Trust Friends for the Environment Foundation, 100,000 copies of this 16 page revised booklet were printed in 2000 and with in-kind support from the Hamilton Spectator, 83,000 copies were included with newspapers delivered to subscribers in Hamilton & Burlington.

This publication helped many to think of Hamilton as a destination with fantastic natural areas and superb wildlife viewing opportunities.”

[caption id=”attachment_485″ class=”img-right” width=”300″] Glenn Barrett accepting the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists[/caption]

Club wins the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award

On June 16th, at the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (FON) Woods Talk Conference in Toronto, the Club received a second award for Naturally, Hamilton!; the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award.

This FON award recognizes an individual or group that has achieved a significant goal related to some aspect of natural history or natural science research.

It was with great pride that I was at both events to accept the awards on behalf of the HNC. Naturally, Hamilton! in my view is an unmatched, top-notch publication that shows a side of Hamilton that many residents and tourists are unaware of.

In addition to the thousands of copies distributed via the Spectator, thousands more have been delivered to tourism offices and tourist sites in Hamilton, and given out at festivals and events. By exposing all of these people to the beautiful natural areas in our community, the HNC hopes that many more people will be keen to see these and other natural areas protected for future generations.

Many individuals contributed their time and enthusiasm to various aspects of this project and on behalf of all HNC members I would like to thank each of them here for their sustained effort which made the Naturally, Hamilton! project the success that it is: Christine Bishop, Rob Dobos, Lois Evans, Zoe Green, Ken Hall, Brian McHattie, Don McLean, Jocelyn Neysmith, Sheila O’Neal and Jean Stollard. Additionally, Karen Logan, the projects Graphic Design Artist, donated 30% of her fee.