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For 100 years the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club has been appreciating, studying and conserving the wild plants and animals of Hamilton.

 

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Current Opportunities

 

Help with Supercrawl Display

When: Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

HNC hosts an interactive display about Biodiversity in the Family Zone during the big Supercrawl event. Volunteers are needed to help staff the display. We will provide training and speaking points. The Family Zone is located on York Blvd, at James. For more information about Supercrawl visit www.supercrawl.ca

To Apply: If you’re able to help with a two-hour shift, please contact Jen at land@hamiltonnature.org or 905-524-3339. 

 

BioBlitz and Native Plant Sale Event

When: Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum, 16 Old Guelph Road

Reporting to: Land Trust Manager

Time Commitment: Two-hour shift

Responsibility Overview:

Provide assistance during the BioBlitz event:

  • Staff HNC biodiversity table (talking points will be provided)
  • Staff a native plant table selling native plants (details about the plants will be provided)
  • Help to answer BioBlitz participants’ questions about their hard to identify sightings from iNaturalist

Provide assistance during the BioBlitz event:

  • HNC membership NOT required
  • Interest in talking with the public about HNC and Hamilton’s biodiversity
  • Strong background and knowledge in Hamilton’s plants, birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals

To Apply: Contact Mike MacLeod at mikemacleod24@gmail.com

 

Advisory Team Member for Pollinator Paradise Initiative

Location: Various pollinator patch locations in Hamilton

Reporting to: Land Trust Manager

Time Commitment: 2 to 3 in-person sessions per year, available periodically electronically

Responsibility Overview: Provide advice on the site design, species selection and long-term maintenance of the pollinator habitats HNC is creating across the city of Hamilton.

Qualifications:

  • HNC membership NOT required
  • Strong background and knowledge in one (or more) of:
    • Entomology, specifically native and introduced pollinators
    • Botany, particularly forage species for pollinators
    • Horticulture, with a focus on garden design and care
  • Ability to provide advice and direction on pollinator patch construction and maintenance
  • Comfort speaking and working on an advisory panel
  • Ability to aid in plant selection and garden design
  • Knowledge to facilitate long-term care requirements for site(s)
  • Knowledge of conservation science and principles
  • Familiarity with ecological principles and pressures on pollinators

To Apply: Contact Mike MacLeod at mikemacleod24@gmail.com

 

Amaolo Nature Sanctuary: Trail Improvement

We are improving the trail at the Amaolo Nature Sanctuary to make it better for the GO Explore outdoor education program. We will be clearing the trail of vegetation (with a backhoe), then putting down landscape fabric and a thick layer of mulch. We will provide snacks and water.

To Apply: Contact Jen at  land@hamiltonnature.org or 905-524-3339

 

Amaolo Nature Sanctuary: Tree Planting

We will be planting 150-200 trees and shrubs in a fallow field to enhance biodiversity. We have gloves and some shovels (though please bring shovels, if you are able). We will provide snacks and water.

To Apply: Contact Jen at land@hamiltonnature.org or 905-524-3339