The club was started by a group of friends who shared an interest in nature and grown steadily since. We have monthly meetings with speakers on various topics and field trips, ranging from walks in natural areas to view the flora and fauna to bus trips to exciting places such as the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls. We have participated in tree planting and building an osprey nesting platform, and have donated funds to nature related projects such as purchasing planks in a bridge for a walking trail in the St. Mary’s area and building bird feeders at Wildwood Lake.
The Perth County area has a wealth of natural places to explore, including the Ellice Swamp, the Johnston Tree Farm and the Dr. Murray Forest. The club has also produced a brochure outlining areas of interest to birders. While Stratford is famous for its Shakespearean Theatre and formal park system, it also has two natural areas where no pesticides or herbicides are used. Meadowrue was started by a group of people at the eastern end of the formal park to show that natural plantings could survive without chemical warfare. The woodchip pathways of theT.J. Dolan Natural Area at the other end of the park system allow people to explore the natural world.
For more information, visit the Stratford Field Naturalists webpage.