The club was formed in 1983 and currently there are some 80 members (membership has been growing consistently). Outdoor events like bird watching, hiking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing have been the major activities organized by the South Lake Simcoe Naturalistsí Club. These events have been primarily located in the local South Lake Simcoe area but have included trips to Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks and the Bruce Trail. The club has conducted wildlife and environment research projects and has been active in local conservation battles like the Georgina smelter and Willard bog.
Since 1991, the club has been conducting numerous research projects on the natural history and ecology of the breeding birds and vegetation of the Black River wetland/wildland complex. This area is an important and unique component of the wetland complexes, found north of the Oak Ridges Moraine, which drain into the Lake Simcoe basin. Previous research has identified the habitats of this areas as the breeding site of numerous rare species, including several that are listed as provincially vulnerable. Current challenges being tracked include the Highway 404 extension project, the Moatfield development proposal in Sutton and the Greenlands Strategy for York Region.
For more information visit the South Lake Simcoe Naturalists' Club website