Welcome to Delta Naturalists Society!
We are a group of nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, wildlife photographers, and conservationists, located in the community of Delta, British Columbia, Canada at the heart of the famous Fraser River estuary. We welcome anyone interested in the observation and protection of nature to join our group.
Formed in December 1988, the Delta Naturalists Society (DNS) is an active federated member of BC Nature, the provincial naturalists’ organization. Membership in DNS provides automatic membership in BC Nature’s 6,000 strong network of nature enthusiasts and experts, from communities across the province.
Delta Naturalists Society also goes by the name Delta Nature. Our activities include:
• regular walks for birdwatching and nature observation;
• a monthly meeting with interesting and knowledgeable guest speakers;
• opportunities to help with public outreach at festivals and events;
• involvement in bird box construction, placement and care; bird surveys and eBirding;
• working to protect and conserve the wildlife and habitats of the Fraser delta.
• and the creation of information signs and nature brochures;
These 10 Nature Brochures, plus two information brochures on Garter Snakes in Boundary Bay, and Owl and Wildlife Viewing and Photography, were created by members of the Delta Naturalists Society, and are available free at all 3 Delta libraries.
You can also download them from the DNS Nature Brochures page.
See also Nov 8, 2021 Delta Optimist article “New nature brochures for Delta“
Various committees organize these activities and our social events, and we are always looking for new members to join! The DNS Birds and Biodiversity Conservation group formed in 2015 to encourage Delta Municipality to create a strategy around these issues. We continue to work on public education and outreach, and local conservation issues.
The birding contingent in DNS is known as the Delta Naturalists Casual Birders (DNCB). Begun some ten years ago, this activity was led most of the time by the late Tom Bearss, whose amiable persona, weekly bird walk, and humorous blog drew in dozens of enthusiasts from far and wide. Sadly, Tom passed away in April 2020 and is sadly missed. (See Tom Bearss 1945-2020.)
In Tom’s honour, a bursary was established at UBC to support students specializing in environmental and nature studies. This was a collaboration between the Delta Naturalists Society, UBC and the Bearss family. Thanks to generous donations, the substantial size of the Tom Bearss Bursary means the Fund is endowed and will continue to support students in perpetuity. More details may be found in articles published in the DNS Newsletter (Nov 2021) and in the Delta Optimist (Feb 21, 2022), which are also reproduced on the Tom Bearss Bursary page.
Delta Naturalists Society and their community partners contribute a regular column Nature Notes to the Delta Optimist newspaper, both in print and online.
Covid-19 has changed some of our operations. We are holding online monthly meetings and have started weekly outings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Registration for outings is limited to 15 people each day and can be done here. Reports of previous outings can be found here. Photos can be found here.