Encouraging the appreciation, observation, study, conservation and protection of all components of the natural world.

© Stephen Spring

History

In December 1955 a handful of keen birders formed the Calgary Bird Club. During the 1960s interest grew in other aspects of natural history. The Calgary Bird Club evolved and became the Calgary Field Naturalists’ Society. As Calgary grew in the 1970s and 1980s the Society became involved in the preservation of city natural areas such as Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Edworthy Park, and Nose Hill. Protection of natural areas remains one of the Society’s major activities.

In 2004 we adopted the trade name Nature Calgary in line with a trend followed by nature organizations across Canada. The new trade name and logo reflect an up-to-date image and clearly identifies the organization’s area of interest. We continue to be registered as “Calgary Field Naturalists’ Society” under the Societies Act of Alberta. It is a registered charity and donations can be made to the Society to further our objectives. A tax receipt will be issued for donations over $20.

Logos formerly used by CFNS

Artist: Julia Millen

Artist: Julia Millen

Artist: Peter Sherrington

Don Stiles has provided this historical note:

The Calgary Naturalists’ Club started with the placing of an advertise­ment in the Calgary Herald by Miss Mary Barclay, according to Margaret Cope (Calgary Field Naturalist 8:199, 1977). This was in 1949 (1946 according to Margaret Cope). Its activities included plant, bird and star study groups. Weekly outings were held when the weather was suitable, and a real effort was made to encourage junior members. Meetings were held at Central United Church, and later at a room made available by the Calgary Branch of the University of Alberta at S.A.I.T. As early as 1953, the Calgary Naturalists’ Club recognized the need for Natural History Parks, and this idea was carried at their display booth during the Recreation Unlimited Show in the Calgary Corral that year. In 1954 Julie Hrapko, now Botany Curator at the Provincial Museum, was President. Unfortunately, the society was small and the members had diverse interests. The result was that after the Calgary Bird Club was formed in 1955 and many of the members had transferred their membership to it, the Calgary Naturalists’ Club was discontinued in June 1956 due to lack of support. It had served a useful role for nearly seven years.