Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club

The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club was founded in 1863 and incorporated in 1879. It is the oldest natural history society in Canada. It has over 800 members, with interests in all aspects of the natural world, from birds, to insects, to botany, and conservation.[1]

Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Founded1863 and incorporated in 1879
FocusNatural history, Wildlife conservation, Nature conservation, Environmentalism
  • Ottawa, Ontario
Area served
50 km radius of Centre Block of Parliament of Canada
MethodEducation, citizen science, field research, conservation
Over 800
$178,000 (2018)

Canadian Field-NaturalistEdit

The Canadian Field-Naturalist is a quarterly scientific journal published by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. The journal publishes original scientific papers related to natural history in North America. It accepts submissions by both amateur and professional naturalists and field biologists. The journal also publishes reviews of recently-published books relevant to the natural history of Canada. [2][3]

The Canadian Field-Naturalist has been published continuously since 1880, under several names during its early years. For 7 years beginning in 1880, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club issued the Transactions of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club annually. With volume 2 in 1887, the Transactions became a subtitle of volume 1 of The Ottawa Naturalist, a monthly publication. With volume 3 of The Ottawa Naturalist in 1889 the emphasis changed from local members' reports to national ones, and in 1919 the journal was renamed The Canadian Field-Naturalist (starting with volume 33 which was volume 35 of the Transactions but this subtitle was subsequently dropped).[4]

Notable members have included:


  1. ^ "The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club". Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  2. ^ "The Canadian Field-Naturalist". Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  3. ^ "The Canadian field-naturalist and its predecessors : a bibliographical survey of 75 years of publication / W. J. Cody & B. Boivin". NRCan Library Catalogue. NRCan. 2011-03-25. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  4. ^ "About The Canadian Field-Naturalist". 2009-02-19. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-08-06.

Further readingEdit

  • Ottawa Field-naturalists' Club (September 8, 2011), The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-naturalists' Club, Ottawa, Ontario: Nabu Press

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