About the HNC

The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club is a non-profit organization with over 300 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 1930s. We celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2019.

The HNC is a registered charity (Charity Number: 118951748RR0001).

Black-capped Chickadee © Brittany Killingbeck

Our Goals

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

Some of our Projects and Activities


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. 


Members have maintained detailed records of bird species for decades, providing an invaluable barometer of changes in the local environment. 

The HNC Bird Study Group meets monthly and includes presentations, identification workshops, guest speakers, and shared experiences.


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.


The club is a very active and respected advocate for wildlife, natural areas, and the protection of the environment. We examine and comment on local land use planning and environmental issues affecting the community. 


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.


The Biodiversity Action Plan is a city-wide, multi-stakeholder strategy that will enhance and protect Hamilton’s future generations. It will guide the protection and restoration of biodiversity through a set of proposed actions.