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Hamilton Naturalists' Club

Town: Hamilton

Ontario Nature Region: Carolinian East

May 1999 marked the 80th anniversary of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club (HNC). From its humble beginnings, the club has grown to more than 500 members and continues to work toward its goals of fostering public interest in the study of nature and supporting environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.

The HNC has a rich history of involvement in numerous conservation accomplishments in the Hamilton/Burlington area, beginning with its instrumental role in having Cootes Paradise set aside as a provincial wildlife sanctuary in 1927. In 1961, the HNC became the first naturalist organization in Ontario to purchase a nature sanctuary (Short Hills), the 38-hectare Spooky Hollow property followed in 1967 (both sanctuaries have since been enlarged through the purchase of additions). Since 1977, the HNC has donated $155,000 to the Hamilton Conservation Authority and other conservation groups to assist with their purchases of natural areas. The HNC was the first naturalist club in Canada to conduct its own atlasing project of reptiles and amphibians, which was published in The Reptiles and Amphibians of the Hamilton Area. In 1991 and 2001, the HNC organized and led a $250,000 biological inventory of over 80 natural areas in the City of Hamilton.

Visit the Hamilton Naturalists' Club website for more information.

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