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- Saint John Naturalists Club
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The first meeting of the Saint John Naturalists Club was held at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John on 9 May 1962. David Christie acted as chairman while Jane Hazen served as acting secretary. There were 22 people present. Several projects were proposed, including the Red Head Marsh area. Further meetings were planned and then a talk on spring warblers, accompanied by a slide show, was given by Austin Squires.
At the 12 September 1962 meeting, the executive were elected: David Christie, president; Mrs. Watters, vice-president; and Jane Hazen, secretary-treasurer. David Christie and Austin Squires were to act as co-field secretaries. Mrs. Watters was appointed to the refreshment committee. Fees were $1.25 per person or married couple and that fee would be in effect until the end of 1963. It was decided that meetings would be on the second Wednesday of each month at the New Brunswick Museum at 8:00 pm.
Monthly meetings consisted of the reading of minutes, business, and a programme which usually consisted of a speaker and slides or a movie on some aspect of natural science followed by refreshments. The Saint John Naturalists Club took part in the annual bird count held each December.
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Fonds consists of 6 volumes of the Saint John Naturalists Club minutes dated 1962-1980 and September 1985 - January 1990. They include the names of the executive and some names of general members, there is also a 1974 list of members. Club activities are documented, especially their annual participation in the Christmas bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society in the United States and later by Bird Studies Canada. Considerable information about species of birds spotted, location, and names of participants is included.
There are a few financial statements and some typed notices and newsclippings concerning scheduled meetings. Copies of the club newsletter are also included. There is also a resolution sent to the McKenna government about the club's opposition to development of a coal-oil port at Musquash Harbour estuary. It includes a proposal to make the site a protected natural area.
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