BC Nature’s History 

50 Years of knowing nature and keeping it worth knowing

In 2019 BC Nature celebrates 50 years of being a federation, having organized under the official title of Federation of British Columbia Naturalists in 1969.  However, BC Nature’s expansive history can actually be dated as far back as 1957, when the Standing Committee of Federations was created by Dr. Clifford Carl. This was then followed to become the Council of Naturalists in 1962. They functioned on similar interests as we still do today, acting as a coalition on issues such as threatened species, land management, club affairs, summer camps and more.

In 1967 the Council of Naturalists began the move towards becoming a federation for society filings. In 1969 constitutions were accepted and registered under the name Federation of British Columbia Naturalists. There were nine founding clubs, having grown today to over 50 member clubs! In 2005 BC Nature was adopted as an operating name, however Federation of British Columbia Naturalists still remains our legal name.

Acting as a federation creates a uniformed body that spans the province. A powerful presence when it comes to pressing issues while at the same time, builds an interesting community for naturalists. AGM’s and field camps bring people together from member clubs to share their knowledge and passion for nature.

For 50 years BC Nature has followed its moto “Know Nature and Keep it Worth Knowing” to exude two driving factors, education and conservation. BC Nature has done this through a number of different facilities over the last five decades. Education is a tool not only to its members but also to the public. In conservation efforts the organization has acted as representatives for nature, raising awareness to government bodies and the public through resolutions, letters, advisory committees, conferences, meetings with government officials and in recent times even legal action.

In its combined efforts as a federation and in partnership with it board, members, volunteers, and likeminded organizations, BC Nature has been able to celebrate some fantastic wins for the fight for nature such as the sampling of projects and issues listed below.

  • “Return it” campaign 1968: ahead of its time BC Nature campaigned for deposits to be required in order to help facilitate the recycling of bottles across the province.
  •  BC IBA 1996 to present: working with Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, supporting volunteers across the province to act as caretakers for these ecologically important areas.
  • Wildlife Tree Stewardship Initiative (WiTS) 2001-2010:Whos goal was to create and connect communities of people to become aware and invested in the monitoring of trees for local wildlife.
  • In 2012 BC Nature took its first step in legal action against the government when opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Prince Rupert. BC Nature is again taking a similar execution with the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline in 2019 with pro bono work contributed by pacific center for environmental law and technology.
  • And more! 

With 2019 being the celebratory year for the federation, a ten chapter exploration of BC Natures history was compiled by Bev Ramey. Ramey is a long time member of the organization and has served in multiple roles over the decades of her involvement, one of which was president. Her accounts can be found here along with supporting documents that showcase BC Natures truly expansive work that has taken place over the last five decades.





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