Welcome to Saugeen Nature
Join us for our indoor meetings or outdoor excursions!
Our Upcoming Events
You can view our upcoming outdoor events below.
Annual Hanover/Walkerton Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2023
What started out as a small group of naturalists that instead of hunting birds, counted the numbers and species seen has grown into an annual tradition for many.
Who We Are
Welcome to the Saugeen Nature (SN) website.
The Saugeen Nature club was founded over 45 years ago by a group of individuals with a shared love of nature. Their intent was to encourage an appreciation and understanding of all aspects of the natural world. Through education and by cooperation with other organizations SN has promoted the wise use and conservation of natural resources and encouraged the preservation of wild species and natural areas in the Saugeen watershed.
Our members come from all over the Saugeen River watershed and we meet monthly at Grace United Church in Hanover. We are an active club. Recent outings have included opportunities to study birds, wildflowers, insects, landforms, and trees as well as exploring some of the lesser known Natural Areas in Grey and Bruce counties. These guided hikes led by local naturalists have something for everyone – from the novice just starting to explore the natural world to the avid birdwatcher or botanist looking to discover the many hidden jewels of our area. As members of Ontario Nature, we are stewards of the Kinghurst Forest and Murray Tract just west of Dornoch as well as coordinators of the Christmas Bird Count for the Walkerton area.
We invite you to come and find what we are all about. Join us at one of our indoor meetings or come explore with us during one of our many outdoor events as outlined on page 3 of this website. A membership application is available on this site for those of you who share our passion for the environment – we look forward to meeting you.
Byron Monk, President of Saugeen Nature
What We Do
Saugeen Nature Group
We hope that the varied events outlined on the events page will stimulate you to come join us for any of our indoor meetings or outdoor excursions. See our Events section for contact information.
We take an active role in educating our youth with our Junior Naturalist Program where 6 to 12 year olds discover, investigate and have fun and adventures in, the natural world. We also sponsor some of our young naturalists to summer nature camps and Ontario Nature’s Youth Summit.
Acknowledgment of the Land
Saugeen Nature acknowledges and is grateful to all the original stewards of the land within the Saugeen watershed. We want to acknowledge the traditional territory of the People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Potawatomi First Nations, collectively known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. As naturalists, we accept our responsibility to continue the stewardship of this land, in this time and into the future.
Do You Know an Outstanding Naturalist?
Saugeen Nature will recognize outstanding contributions to the cause of local conservation by an individual in the past 5 years, or significant contribution to the work of Saugeen Nature.
Family of Jean (Weir) and Nelson Maher
Howard and Bruce Krug (Posthumusly)
Jerry and Joan Asling