Thunder Bay Field Naturalists need your support to purchase an important addition to Superior Islands Nature Reserve. The new property consists of five adjacent parcels (200 acres) of which about 60% is land and 40% lakebed. The Naturalists have an accepted offer of purchase, conditional on successful fund raising, with a closing date on April 12, 2018. Click on map to the right for location and boundaries of the property.

The Owen Channel property is an ideal acquisition for TBFN. It is located in the National Marine Conservation Area on the east shore of Black Bay Peninsula. Inland, a Provincial Conservation Reserve surrounds the property. The Owen Channel site features more than two kilometers of rugged Lake Superior shoreline, large raised cobble beaches with delicate lichen and heath habitat, and an array of Arctic plants. Another feature of interest is a small inland lake (Otter Lake) with shoreline marsh habitat. Roughly half of this lake is included in the purchase.  The property is remote with no buildings or roads, and no recent logging or mining.  The Owen Channel property is located very near some of our existing reserves. Spar Island, and Agate Cove, both purchased in 2017 as part of TBFN’s “Superior Islands Nature Reserve”, are just a few minutes away by boat. The property is on the route of the Lake Superior Water Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail).  

TBFN needs your donation to make this project a reality. Although we have already attracted considerable support, and will be applying for matching grants, we depend on the generosity of donors to complete the purchase. Granting agencies will only match the commitment shown by local donors for the project. That is why your contribution is vital.

Please mail your donation cheque, payable to “Thunder Bay Field Naturalists” (memo as “Nature Reserves”) to the Club mailbox:

TBFN, Box 10037, Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 6T6.  

Donations can also be made by credit card or PayPal at the TBFN website (  Please indicate that your donation is for “Nature Reserves” if you choose this method. The Club can also accept donations of stocks and bonds. For details, contact Sue Bryan, Nature Reserves Chair, at bryan(at)tbaytel(dot)net  TBFN is a registered charity and provides tax receipts for all charitable donations.

Thank you for your support!


About Our Nature Reserves

Since the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists acquired our first Nature Reserve at the Nipigon River mouth in 1993, the programme has grown rapidly. We now own sixteen pieces of property protecting more than 1841 hectares (4,550 acres). TBFN is a registered charity and can issue charitable donations receipts for the value of the land donated. We are registered with the federal government as a recognized "Recipient of Ecologically Sensitive Lands".

The Purpose of Our Nature Reserves

The main purpose of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Nature Reserves is to protect the natural habitats, birds, plants and animals that live in these special places. We do not maintain trails, parking lots, fences, gates or any other facilities at the nature reserves.The Reserves are there largely for protection, with recreational uses of secondary importance.
We encourage you to visit and quietly enjoy the TBFN Reserves, while respecting the special natural features there. Motorized vehicles, including ATVs, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes, are not allowed. Hunting, overnight camping, and campfires are also prohibited. If you need detailed directions on how to find these locations please contact the bryan(at)tbaytel(dot)netNature Reserves Chair. Visitors are welcome to join in on club field trips that go to many of the reserves. We invite you to come along.


We are always looking for help with our Nature Reserves. You can "adopt" a reserve by acting as a stewardship volunteer. Activities include monitoring for inappropriate uses, reporting wildlife sightings, planting trees, and removing trash. For more information, please contact the bryan(at)tbaytel(dot)netNature Reserves Chair.

Donations to the Nature Reserve Fund

Donations to the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Reserve Fund are encouraged. These can be in the form of an actual property or cash/stocks/bequests to the Fund. Charitable donation receipts are issued for all donations. Donations can be made online (click here), or by contacting Sue Bryan, Nature Reserves Chair, 807-345-6446 or 807-627-4556, at bryan(at)tbaytel(dot)net
TBFN is a registered recipient of donations made through 1% For The Planet.
Elua, a division of Global Hydration Systems, joined our 1% sponsors in 2015 and increased their donation in 2016 and again in 2017. Based in Thunder Bay, Elua provides solutions for clean, safe drinking water at home and in the field. Thank you to CEO Andrew Moorey for his generous support of our nature reserves program.

Endowment Fund

TBFN has an endowment fund to provide a permanent source of financial support for our Nature Reserves. We welcome donations to this fund. Charitable donation receipts will be provided for all contributions. Please contact Susan Bryan, Nature Reserves Chair, for information about how to donate to the Endowment Fund. Phone: 807-345-6446 or 807-627-4556; e-mail: bryan(at)tbaytel(dot)net


The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club is a member of the  Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA).


 OLTA supports one of the largest land trust communities in the world. OLTA’s work includes promoting land conservation and preservation that protects critical environmental assets and endangered species and benefits Ontario communities. The Alliance represents 120,000 individuals and members working together to protect over 90,000 acres of land and both of these numbers grow every year. OLTA promotes and assists our member’s and associates’ vital land trust work through training, education, and communications, as we collectively connect communities, promote land trusts, and act to influence policy and support stakeholders.  

Support Ontario Land Trusts and save the land you love!