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Nature Calgary fonds


Physical Description:
1.5 m of textual records. -- 2 photographs

The Calgary Naturalists' Club was formed by Mary Barclay in 1949 with Prof. W. Ray Salt as advisor. Its aims were to enjoy and help young people enjoy nature, and to establish a natural history park in Calgary. Members were involved in plant study, bird watching and star study. The Club folded in 1955-1956 due to dwindling membership. Margaret Cope, a former member of the Club, formed the Calgary Bird Club in December 1955 and became its first secretary. The Calgary Bird Club's aims were: to instigate scientific research into birds to assist the Edmonton Bird Club in securing protective legislation for hawks and owls in Alberta; to make a spring migratory check; to make nesting records of species in the foothills region; and to further interest in bird study. The Calgary Bird Club was incorporated in 1960, and its name changed to the Calgary Field Naturalists' Society in 1969 to reflect the organization's growing interest in botany and environmental issues. In 2004 the organization changed its name to Nature Calgary.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Calgary Naturalists' Club minutes, correspondence, membership lists (1949-1956) and photographs of natural science display; and Calgary Bird Club / Calgary Field Naturalists' Society constitution (1955-1963), minutes (1955-2013), correspondence (1956-1978), attendance and membership lists (1965-1975), reports, bird species checklists, newsletters (1978-2013), newsclippings and pamphlets, posters and miscellany.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Mary Barclay, C.D. Bird, Horseshoe Canyon, Ghost River, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Kathleen Morck, Dan Patton and Ya-Ha-Tinda Ranch.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts and purchased from Calgary Field Naturalists' Society and Nature Calgary, 1973-2016.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Further additions expected

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2162, M-6530, M-6677, M-7297, M-7423, M-9650, M-9757, M-9816, PA-3049

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