|About our Club
Shuswap Naturalist Club, with members in Salmon Arm and surrounding
areas, is dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of our
natural world. The club is an active and respected advocate for
wildlife, natural areas, and the protection of the
For additional information contact us at
Our mailing address is 1740 16th
St. N.E., Salmon Arm, BC. V1E 3Z7
Naturalist Club began in 1970 with a membership of about 40 people. The
Executive included President Derek Beacham, Vice-President Dean Munro
Secretary/Treasurer Joyce Henderson.
listed these objectives: 1) to provide opportunities for persons
natural history to meet and exchange information; 2) to foster an
nature, particularly among young people; 3) to encourage naturalists to
and report observations; and 4) to foster conservation and encourage
of government to do so.
these aims, early activities of the Club included supporting
preservation initiatives in the area surrounding Salmon Arm. Membership
involved in encouraging hunting limits, establishing protected areas
migrating birds, participating in annual bird counts, enjoying natural
lectures at Okanagan College, and sharing programs at regular meetings.
explored local sites, and flower and bird checklists were created.
summer of 1990, a proposal made to the District of Salmon Arm was
create a nature trail and bird blind on “the old boat berm” west of the
in Salmon Arm Bay. With the help of volunteers, and support from local
who donated materials, the Bird Blind Project was completed in
It served as a viewing platform for those interested in
observing local shore
birds. The blind survived several bouts of vandalism but was finally
by fire in 1998. A plaque at the trail head recognizes the work of the
members who established and maintain this area.
In 1999, on the initiative of the Shuswap Naturalist
Club, a city lot which was overgrown with weeds
and had been used as a landfill dump was converted to a city park.
Peter Jannink Nature Park, located on the
marshy shore of the lake, is a wonderful area for birdwatching.
are held on the first Tuesday of each month, September to June. The
October to May meetings are held at 7pm at Salmon Arm Secondary School
Library, Sullivan Campus. Guest speakers give presentations
on a variety of
interesting topics. June and September meetings are
potlucks picnics at local parks.
Annual membership dues
$25 individual; $30
couple / family
include affiliation with BC Nature.
They publish four newsletters each year.
application form Please complete and mail with
fees to the above address, or bring to a meeting.
led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable club members are held regularly
during spring and fall in local nature areas. View the current
list of outings.
is an exciting nature discovery and environmental action program for
young people 5-14.
Western Grebe nesting
Jannink Nature Park
Nest box monitoring program
Great Canadian Birdathon
Woody Nightshade control on the Salmon Arm Foreshore
Publications - Salmon Arm and Surrounding Areas, A Checklist of
Birds, 2011 available at club meetings or at the Brighouse Nature Centre.
Birds of the Shuswap
(online list, in PDF format, updated 2016)