Member Group Detail

Thunder Bay Field Naturalists

Town: Thunder Bay

Ontario Nature Region: Northern - West

Six avid naturalists founded the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (TBFN) in 1933. The club continues to play a leading role in fostering education and conservation throughout the Northwest region. In addition to monthly meetings from September to April, the TBFN leads various field trips throughout the year, including birding trips, amphibian walks, walks in our nature reserves and workshops on various topics. The TBFN newsletter, Nature Northwest, has been published since 1947, keeping members informed of club news and events. Furthermore, Thunder Bay’s Christmas Bird Count is one of the oldest in the country, dating back to 1939!

Current projects of the TBFN include a vascular plant checklist, a butterfly checklist, a checklist of dragonflies and damselflies, and a bird checklist for the Thunder Bay District. From 1981 to 1985, the TBFN participated in the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas and, later, the Rare Breeding Bird Atlas. Club members also undertake projects such as the Bluebird Recovering Project, Project Peregrine, the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory and the purchase of nature reserves that, as of 2016, number 15 and cover over 4,400 acres.

Visit the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists website for more information.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or


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