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Manitoba Organization: Nature Manitoba [Natural History Society of Manitoba / Manitoba Naturalists Society]

Formed in May 1920 as the Natural History Society, as an continuation of the Scientific and Historical Society of Manitoba (an earlier form of the Manitoba Historical Society), it was dedicated to the appreciation and study of Manitoba’s natural history.

Founding Members of the Manitoba Naturalists Society:

Mrs. C. Percy Anderson

Professor Frederick W. Brodrick

George Shirley Brooks (c1872-1947)

Miss H. R. Cannom

Bertram William “Bert” Cartwright (c1890-1967)

Ebenezer Claydon (1880-1954)

Mrs. E. Claydon

Dr. Andrew M. Davidson

Miss Florence E. Dodd

John D. Duthie

Miss Charlotte J. Egan

Justin Joseph Golden (1844-1931)

W. T. Gough

Marion Harvey Hobman (?-1935)

Alexander George “Lawrie” Lawrence (1888-1961)

Dr. Angus A. Murray

Frederick Pugh

Lance H. R. Roberts

Professor William Rowan

Gerald S. Roxburgh

Mrs. G. S. Roxburgh

Henry Martindale Speechly (1866-1951)

John Braithwaite Wallis (1876-1962)

R. B. Warner

Dr. Everett J. Washington

Clarence V. Whitehead

Presidents of the Manitoba Naturalists Society:

Period

President

1920-1923

Henry Martindale Speechly (1866-1951)

1923-1924

Vincent William Jackson (1876-1953)

1924-1925

Justin Joseph Golden (1844-1931)

1925-1927

Charles William Lowe (c1885-1969)

1927-1928

John Braithwaite Wallis (1876-1962)

1928-1929

Alexander Addison McCoubrey (1885-1942)

1929-1930

Andrew M. Davidson, MD

1930-1932

Robert Arnold Wardle (1890-1974)

1932-1934

George Shirley Brooks (c1872-1947)

1934-1936

Alexander George “Lawrie” Lawrence (1888-1961)

1936-1938

Bertram William “Bert” Cartwright (c1890-1967)

1938-1940

Leonard Towne Sterndale Norris-Elye (1884-1958)

1940-1942

Percy H. Stokes

1942-1944

Lillian R. Simpson

1944-1946

Harold Mossop (1908-1973)

1946-1948

Leon W. Koser

1948-1950

Angus Henry Shortt (1908-2006)

1950-1952

Raymond Rene Lejeune (1916-1987)

1952-1953

Reta Wood Sparling (1895-1982)

1953-1954

Prof. Ronald K. Stewart-Hay

1954-1956

Clarence I. Tillenius (1913-2012)

1956-1958

Rowena Cartwright

1958-1960

Dr. James C. Ritchie

1960-1961

Ralph Durham Bird (1901-1972)

1961-1963

George Stuart Grenfell Ironside Cotter (1915-2011)

1963-1965

Jennifer M. Walker Shay

1965-1967

Dr. Lawrie Smith

1967-1969

Doug Kyle

1969-1971

John Jack

1971-1972

Lorne Wallace

1972-1974

Dr. David Punter

1974-1975

William Burton “Bill” Preston (1937-2013)

1975-1976

Dr. Karen Johnson

Bronze Medal Recipients:

The Bronze Medal was initiatied in 1922 to recognize outstanding accomplishments by members in any field of natural history. It was discontinued after 1947.

Year

Recipient(s)

Subject

1922

Charles William Lowe (c1885-1969)

The Freshwater Algae of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-1918

1926

Bertram William Cartwright & C. G. Harrold

Radiant Energy

1927

Ralph Durham Bird (1901-1972)

An Ecological Survey of the Treesbank District

1928

Robert Charles Wallace (1881-1955)

The Geology of Manitoba

1932

R. D. Harris

The Life History of Baird’s Sparrow

1933

John Braithwaite Wallis (1876-1962)

A Revision of the North American Species of the Genus Halipus

1934

Hubert V. Green

The Elk of the Riding Mountain National Park

1936

Arthur Henry Reginald Buller (1874-1944)

Researches on Fungi

1938

Margaret Gertrude Dudley (1888-1980)

The Life History of the Calla Lily

1941

Alexander George “Lawrie” Lawrence (1888-1961)

Ornithological Researches

1942

Dr. J. Dewey Soper

History, Range and Home Life of the Northern Bison (1941)

1943

George Shirley Brooks (c1872-1947)

Checklist of the Butterflies of Manitoba (1942)

1944

Stuart Criddle (1877-1971)

Publications on mammals of Manitoba and research in other areas of natural history in the province

1945

W. H. Rand

Work in the field of ethnology and archaeology

1946

Lillian R. Simpson

Work in botany

1947

Angus Henry Shortt (1908-2006)

Achievements in ornithology, field observations, painting, and photography

Honourary and Life Members:

Year

Recipient

Citation

1942

Vincent William Jackson (1876-1953)

Zoologist and lecturer, well known for his interesting nature talks on radio, for giving freely of his time and knowledge to the Society.

1942

Henry Martindale Speechly (1866-1951)

A founder of the Society, lecturer and writer, well-known President, and originator of the first anti-mosquito campaign, who enthusiastically served the Society for over 30 years. Of him, a visiting American once said, “Any man with Dr. Speechly’s talent for shooing away mosquitoes would stand a good chance of being elected President of the United States.”

1942

George Shirley Brooks (c1872-1947)

Entomologist, lecturer, charter member of the Society and a co-founder of the Manitoba Museum, for his Checklist of the Butterflies of Manitoba (1942).

1944

Arthur Henry Reginald Buller (1874-1944)

Botanist, naturalist and longtime friend of the Society whose studies of fungi and wheat earned him international recognition.

1944

Charles L. Broley

A faithful member and keen birder who upon his retirement undertook an intensive (and exceedingly arduous) study of the nesting habits of the Bald Eagle. He early detected the ill effects of insecticide spraying on these birds.

1957

Mr. and Mrs. Percy H. Stokes

For their many years of faithful association and substantial contributions to the Society, particularly in the field of archaeology.

1960

Dr. Andrew M. Davidson

In recognition of his leadership as a founding member of the Society, his service in numerous offices over the years, and his longstanding support of natural history studies, particularly in the field of entomology.

1961

Mr. E. Gilbert

For his long and faithful service to the Society over many years.

1966

Ralph Durham Bird (1901-1972)

In recognition of his great contribution to the Society and also for his book The Ecology of the Aspen Parkland of Western Canada (1961), one of his many recorded publications.

1967

Mrs. A. G. (Selina) Lawrence

For her lifetime contribution to the social events of the Society throughout all the years since its formation, helpmate to her husband, internationally famous naturalist, A. G. Lawrence. She discovered Manitoba’s first complete trilobite.

1968

James Leckie Parker (1895-1995)

For his contributions to botanical research as one of the most skilled amateur botanists in Manitoba. Throughout the years he has contributed more than 5,000 botanical specimens, accurately documented, to the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Museum.

1972

Harold Mossop (1908-1973)

For his outstanding contribution to ornithology in Manitoba.

1973

John Lane (1903-1975)

For his many years of work providing nest boxes to restore bluebird populations in southwestern Manitoba, and his encouragement and teaching of children through the founding of the Brandon Junior Birders.

1974

Samuel Waller (?-1978)

For a lifetime spent in northern Manitoba studying and teaching natural history, and especially for the founding and building of the The Little Northern Museum.

1974

John Jack

For his many years of service to the Society as an officer, botanist, photographer, and ambassador. He has enthusiastically shared his knowledge and love of nature with thousands of school children, a labour whose fruits will be reaped by many generations of Manitobans.

1974

Gerald W. Malaher (1903-1984)

Naturalist, forester, conservationist, who spent a lifetime working on behalf of wildlife, notably as Director of the Game Branch, who following his retirement continues to be one of Manitoba’s most knowledgeable and ardent conservationists.

1974

Angus Henry Shortt (1908-2006)

Artist, naturalist, writer, and lifelong member of the Society, who for many years wrote the column Wild Wings in the Winnipeg Tribune, and whose paintings of birds, notably waterfowl, earned him international recognition. He served the Society in many offices, including that of President.

1974

Clifford Bickle Gill (1891-1974)

Forester, naturalist, and historian who as Manitoba’s first official forester, coordinated and published the first complete survey of Manitoba’s forests. He published Observations and a Tentative Key to the Native Willows of Southern Manitoba (1965) and upon his retirement, served as a consultant on natural history and heritage resource planning programs for the Manitoba government.

1975

Rowena Cartwright

In recognition of the many valuable services she enthusiastically gave the Society over so many years and in so many capacities, including that of President.

1975

Clarence I. Tillenius (1913-2012)

In honour of his contributions to the Society for many years as lecturer amd om various executive capacities, and in recognition of his artistic skill which so effectively communicates his deep understanding and appreciation of North American mammals in their environments.

1976

Dr. Jennifer M. Walker Shay

Honoured not only for her many years of service to the Society as lecturer, teacher, executive member, and founder of the Junior Naturalists, Parks Committee, and Conservation Action Committee, but also for her knowledgeable and influential work in many environmental issues, both provincial and national.

1976

Hans Albert Hochbaum (1911-1988)

Biologist, naturalist, artist and author, who during a career as Director of the Delta Waterfowl Research Station, established Delta as one of the marshes best known to biologists in North America, and whose portrayal of the prairie marsh through sensitive writing and vivid painting has earned him international acclaim.

See also:

Nature Manitoba web site.

The Manitoba Historical Society: A Centennial History by Gerald A. Friesen
Manitoba History, Number 4, 1982

Sources:

Natural History Society of Manitoba, 21st Anniversary Bulletin, 1920 to 1941. Natural History Society of Manitoba.

Manitoba Naturalists Society: Volume 2 (1942-1974), Manitoba Nature, Special Historical Edition. Volume 18, 1977.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 November 2013

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