WHO ARE WE?
Sometimes known as the Tas Field-Nats, we are comprised of both amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in the natural world. Experts in a particular topic not only pass on their knowledge to others, but find themselves learning about related aspects of their particular interest. The only requirement of members is an active interest in the natural world. The club was formed in 1904, and we are associated with other Field Naturalist Clubs throughout Tasmania and beyond.
WHAT ARE OUR AIMS?
We encourage the study of all aspects of natural history and advocate the conservation of our natural heritage. Our journal, The Tasmanian Naturalist, is issued annually and our quarterly information Bulletin covers forthcoming activities.
HOW DO WE MEET?
Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker who provides an illustrated talk on a topic of their expertise or particular interest. Question-time usually follows, and the line of inquiry usually extends to the excursion on the following Saturday or Sunday at a site relevant to the topic of the previous talk. Also at our monthly meetings, members' observations of significant sightings are raised and discussed. A report of the previous excursions is also provided. Annually a Members' night is held on which members are encouraged to participate in 'show-and-tell' or to give short Powerpoint presentations. An annual excursion to an area of the state of particular natural-history interest, held over a full weekend, allows more extensive and varied activities.
We meet on the first Thursday of each month (except January) at 7.15pm in the Life Sciences building at the University of Tasmania. Excursions on the following Saturday or Sunday depart from outside the Museum entrance in Macquarie St, Hobart at 9 am, unless otherwise arranged.
OUR LIFE MEMBERS
From time to time the Club acknowledges exceptional service of a member by awarding a life membership. The Club rules state 'That at no time shall the roll of honorary life members exceed 8.'
1927: L Rodway 1940: EA Elliot 1941: Mrs L Rodway
1942: GL Propsting 1945: EW Cruikshank 1948: H Sargison
1952: RS Ellis, MSR Sharland, HG Vaughan
1954: CH Elliot 1960: RC Harvey 1965: AB Brownell
1969: Mrs CH Elliot and Mrs FI Green 1977: Jesse Luckman
1978: HK Aves 1979: LE Wall 1981: M Westbrook
1983: AM Hewer 1985: Marjorie Wall 1988: Gerard Van Munster
2008: Barbara Greenstreet, Julia Scott and Isa Hurburgh
2016: Don Hird, Priscilla Parkes and David Ratkowsky
PAST MEETING VENUES
Currently the club meets in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Life Sciences Building at UTAS, but it has not always been so. Meeting venues have included rooms at the Tasmanian Museum, CSIRO, a church and the Masonic Hall.
PAST OFFICE BEARERS