Fonds AM484 - Vancouver Natural History Society fonds

Vancouver Natural History Society Expedition to Botanic Bluff A wet day in camp splicing, Black Tusk Meadows Flap Jack the cook for the 1941 VNHA [Vancouver Natural History Society] camp Testing the splice, VNHA [Vancouver Natural History Society] camp The Camel [mountain] The gang - V.N.H.S. 1952 The camp The camp Asulkan Glacier from Mt. Avalanche Asulkan Glacier from Mt. Avalanche From Mt. Avalanche Mt. Sir Donald from Mt. Abbott Marion Lake Asulkan River & Glacier Indian Paintbrush, Glacier park - N.H.S. Camp Nanoose Bay, May 1955 - Group on hill at Powder Point Nanoose Bay, May 1955 - Digging up gooey-ducks, Marine Biology trip, V. I. Dr. Brink describing lupin in meadow on V. I. [Vancouver Island] Long Beach Elk River lower falls, Campbell R. [River] Tenquille Lake 1960 - Line up for chow Long Beach 1960 - Stewart holding palm seaweed Long Beach 1960 - children & specimens Group at Sooke 1956 Group on rocky point at Grouse Nest Sooke Basin from lounge window, Grouse Nest Vivian Neild, Win Parson & Joan Baker at Sooke church Group at Wiffin Spit, Sooke Beacher Bay Mrs. Stevenson & sea urchin, Victoria outer harbour Sea life seen at outer harbour Victoria Fossils at Muir Creek Fossils at Muir Creek Sea life in pool on rock at Muir Creek Cheakamus Canyon George Wellis in breeches, Black Tusk meadows Mimulus Creek and Falls Mimulus Creek & Falls [Moraine?] Sphinx Sphinx Glacier [View of glacier] Lake - Garibaldi [View of Group hiking in a row] Towards Tantalus, Garibaldi Lk [Lake] Table & Garibaldi Lk [Lake] Cinder Cone & Helm From Cinder - Black Tusk Lake Garibaldi, Battleship Islands foreground Looking up Lake Garibaldi from Battleship [View of glacier] Garibaldi
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Vancouver Natural History Society fonds

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3.29 m of textual records and other material

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In 1907, a number of Vancouver and district residents founded the Vancouver Naturalists' Field Club for the study of the natural history of the Lower Mainland. The first field trip was made to Kitsilano beach on 18 August. The club existed for only a few seasons. In 1918, members of the botanical section of the B.C. Mountaineering Club, led by Professor John Davidson (former Provincial Botanist), founded the Vancouver Natural History Society. Davidson organized popular evening botany classes for members of the society. The V.N.H.S. also developed a field trip program to sites of botanical interest such as Crescent Beach, and summer camps were established at Garibaldi, Botanie Valley (near Spences Bridge) and Skagit Valley, as well as several other locations. In an effort to make the Lower Mainland greener, local naturalists, including members of the Natural History Society, successfully campaigned for local arbour days. Yet the activities of the society have not focused only on botany. Field trips organized and led by Jack Armstrong, Bill Mathews and Charley Ney popularized the study of geology in the society. Members have also studied geology, entomology, ornithology, microscopy, and photography.

During recent decades the society has witnessed continued growth, as many members of the environmental movement have joined as a means of studying our natural heritage. In the 1960s, the Conservation Committee was established, which, in part, helped with the creation of the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, B.C. Another major project was the natural history study of Lighthouse Park, for which results were later published in “Nature West Coast.” During this time, participation in the Birding Section also increased resulting in projects such as local birding guides and observation data collected through the annual Christmas Bird Count. Over the next few decades, activities continued with field trips, summer camps, publications, programming and environmental and conservation initiatives. Organized tours around the province were incorporated into programming in the 1990s as well as the Young Naturalist Club. In 2002, the Marine Biology Section was formed. In 2007, the Vancouver Natural History Society changed its name to Nature Vancouver.

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The fonds consists of minutes, memberships, financial records, publications, newsletters, maps, posters, and reports, including the Christmas Bird Census returns. Also included are records relating to the summer camps in 1971 (Chilcotin) and 1972 (Kootenays). Arranged into 14 series: Annual reports, Camps, Conservation Committee records, Constitutions, Financial records, Lectures and reports, Membership records, Minutes, Newsletters, Photographs and sketches, Program Committee records, Publications, Subject files, and Survey records.

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Fonds includes ca. 1, 300 photographs, 4 maps, and 1 sketch

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The collection was donated by Verna Newson and J. G. Sarles in 1973; Frank Sanford in 1977; John Pinder-Moss in 1982; Marilyn Dutton in 1989, 1993, 1994 , 1998, 2001, and 2003; Marian Coope in 2010; and June Ryder in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and Susan Fisher in 2020 on behalf of the Nature Vancouver.


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Add.MSS 263 and 785 have been amalgamated with Add.MSS 484; citations for these records should therefore refer only to Add.MSS 484.

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