Fonds 106 Trumpeter Swan Naturalists Society fonds

Trumpeter Swan Naturalists Society fonds. — 1953-1981. — 9 cm of textual records.

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Agency History

The Trumpeter Swan Naturalists Society was organized in April 1976 as the Northern Alberta Nature Club by 17 residents of the Wembley rural area. Yvonne McAlister was the driving force behind the club, which changed its name to the Trumpeter Swan Naturalist Society in the summer of 1977, and became incorporated as such in 1978. Their crest was a white swan on a blue background, designed by Dr. Ray Salt of the University of Alberta. The society’s main purpose was to document the natural history of the Grande Prairie region, to identify areas accessible for birdwatching and nature appreciation, and to promote the conservation and preservation of these areas and endangered species such as the Trumpeter Swan. The members took part in the summer and Christmas bird and mammal counts each year, as well as yearly wildflower counts. They held monthly meetings and regular field trips in the summer, and published monthly newsletters which they shared with other naturalist groups in the Peace, the Province, Western Canada and Western U.S. The club folded in 1981 and was replaced by the Peace Parkland Naturalists in 1989.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives by Margot Hervieux, a member of the succeeding organization, the Peace Parkland Naturalists.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of executive records regarding the formation and maintenance of the society; field records recording bird, mammal and wildflower counts; copies of the monthly newsletter, The Northern Naturalist; and copies of a collection of historical articles by F.M. Helleiner, who identified 180 bird species in the Grande Prairie area and wrote articles in the Herald-Tribune from 1953-1954. An embroidered crest, showing a trumpeter swan on a blue background, is included in the collection.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Table of Contents

Series 106.01Executive Records
Series 106.02Field Records
Series 106.03F. M. Helleiner Collection
Series 106.03The Northern Naturalist Newsletter
Series 106.01Executive Records. — 1961; 1976-1981. — 1.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of minutes, reports, financial records, incorporation documents, and correspondence regarding the incorporation and disestablishment of the society.
Series 106.02Field Records. — 1973-1980. — 3 cm of textual records.The series consists of cards and lists detailing the summer and Christmas bird and mammal counts in which the club participated. There are also records of wildflower counts and individual records of bird counts at other times of the year.
Series 106.03F. M. Helleiner Collection. — 1953-1954. — 0.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of a list of the 180 bird species Mr. Helleiner identified in the Grande Prairie area in the early 1950s and copies of his weekly articles which were published by the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune from 1953-1954.
Series 106.03The Northern Naturalist Newsletter. — 1976-1980. — 4 cm of textual records.The series consists of the monthly newsletters sent to members in the society. Newsletters contained dialogue between members, information about animal species, and about sightings, meeting notices and reports.