A New Nature Reserve!

TBFN is buying a new nature reserve, and we need your help to close the deal on July 12, 2017. The Superior Islands Reserve will protect eight separate land parcels on five islands in the heart of the National Marine Conservation Area. (See map below.) Several of the properties are near our existing Bowman and Paradise Island Reserves.

The properties protect more than four kilometers of undeveloped Lake Superior shoreline. While the parcels are relatively small, they are surrounded by Crown Land. By acquiring some of the few parcels of patent land on an island, TBFN can protect the entire island from development.  The properties are all remote and undisturbed, with no developments or roads, and no recent logging or mining activity. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has rated these properties as high priority for protection.

To donate towards this purchase, please send your cheque, payable to TBFN, to:

TBFN, Box 10037, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 6T6

Mark "Superior Islands Nature Reserve" on your cheque. Please also include your name, address, and how you would like to be recognized in a donors list (your name or anonymous). Charitable receipts will be mailed to all donors. If you are interested in donating stocks, please contact the Nature Reserves Chair, Susan Bryan, at 345-6446. 

You can also donate via credit card or PayPal by following the "Donate" link on the TBFN home page. Be sure to specify that your donation is for Nature Reserves.


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 fifteen pieces of property protecting more than 4,400 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.
Superior Outdoors Inc. (publisher of The Walleye magazine) has been a generous annual donor to TBFN Nature Reserves through the !% For The Planet program. Thank you to the editors/publishers Darren and Michelle McChristie for their ongoing support.

Elua, a division of Global Hydration Systems, joined our 1% sponsors in 2015 and increased their donation in 2016. 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!