"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Nature Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, BC

Website: www.naturevancouver.ca

Vancouver Natural History Society (Nature Vancouver) was founded in 1918 by Professor John Davidson with the following objectives:

- To promote the enjoyment of nature,

- To foster public interest and education in the appreciation and study of nature,

- To encourage the wise use and conservation of natural resources,

- To work for the complete protection of endangered species and ecosystems, and

- To promote access to, and maintenance of, natural areas in the vicinity of Vancouver.

Nature Vancouver is a not-for-profit charitable society registered under the BC Societies Act. Membership in the Society is open to all. The Society is a Federated Club of BC Nature.

The Society is organized into a number of sections; Birding, Botany, Conservation, Geology, Marine Biology and Photography.

The Society holds regular evening meetings and invites guest speakers to make presentations on natural history topics. These meetings are open to the general public, with no admission fee, and are held from January to April; and from September to November.

In addition, the Birding, Botany and Marine Biology sections sponsor monthly meetings from January to April and September to December. The Conservation section also meets monthly.

The Society publishes Discovery, a journal of natural history. It is published twice a year and is distributed to all members of the Society. Discovery is also available to non-members by subscription. The Society also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Vancouver Naturalist, which contains the details of the Society's programs and events.

Field trips for members of the Society are offered most weekends. The Society holds a yearly summer camp and also offers nature tours to its members.

Members of Nature Vancouver participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count and numerous other monthly surveys.

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