Michipicoten Island Nature Reserve

In February, 2019, Thunder Bay Field Naturalists completed the purchase of two parcels of land (537 acres) on Michipicoten Island. The new reserve lands include rugged upland areas with mature mixed forest, and Lake Superior shoreline. Michipicoten Island Provincial Park abuts the new properties on all sides. The two parcels are remote undisturbed wilderness and we plan to keep them that way. Michipicoten Island has been an important refuge for Woodland Caribou on the Lake Superior north shore. By protecting this land in a natural state we hope to keep the area as suitable habitat for the caribou in the future. The island is also home to a number of nesting Peregrine Falcons, as well as arctic plant species.

We are pleased to have the help of the Michipicoten First Nation in monitoring and caring for these sites. Volunteers from the First Nation will work with TBFN volunteers this summer to complete a baseline natural history inventory of the two properties.

Many thanks to the many generous private donors who supported these purchases. TBFN was able to undertake this project with the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada. Funding was provided through the Canada Nature Fund, a $500 million investment to support the efforts of non-federal partners whose commitment is critical to achieving success in nature Conservation.


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 2000 hectares (5000 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.  

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