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About the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club

Junior Naturalists

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Jointly with the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Club maintains a Junior Naturalists’ Club for children aged 7 to 12. Their monthly program features hands-on nature activities.

Monthly Newsletter

Members receive the Wood Duck, an informative collection of articles of scientific interest, local natural history, bird sightings, environmental and conservation news, and Club activities.

Natural Areas Inventory

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The HNC has organized and led a number of studies of natural areas in Hamilton. Professional biologists documented the plants, animals, birds, butterflies, fish, and other species. These watershed summaries, reports, and databases are the authoritative guides to significant natural areas, providing direction to land-use decision-makers, scientists, and students of nature. In 2006, the HNC collaborated with other clubs, municipalities and agencies to complete the two volume Halton Natural Areas Inventory. Copies are available for purchase.

Birds of Hamilton

In 2006, Robert Curry and and the HNC published the Birds of Hamilton and Surrounding Areas. With the help of Club members and today?s foremost artists, photographers and birders, Curry?s landmark book traces the history of the birds and birders in the Hamilton Study Area from pre-historic times to the present day,including the challenges of the future.

Atlas of Hamilton Mammals

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This full colour atlas by Kara Vlasman covers the 45 species of mammals occurring in the area, plus 8 more that are considered extirpated. Each account includes a photo, map with historical changes, distinguishing characteristics and behavior. This well-researched book is a significant addition to a naturalist?s library. Further details.

Resource Materials

A number of other publications are available through the HNC including Pocket Nature Guides, posters, checklists, natural areas inventories, and What’s Alive in Hamilton, a monthly guide to nature and conservation. View What;s Alive in Hamilton, our on-line guide to the green spaces of the Hamilton area.

Contribute to a Lasting Natural Endowment

A 1999 bequest from the Townson family allowed the Club to establish several endowment funds at the Hamilton Community Foundation. Contributions to these funds help support ecological research, the purchase and preservation of wildlife habitat, and various conservation and nature education projects. You can make donations to these funds in a variety of ways. For more information please contact the Club Treasurer (see Contact Us).