Birders tend to congregate in special places like Canatara Park and Point Pelee. This was the case with Dr. Peter Tasker and his wife Elizabeth. They kept meeting Gerry Clements, Dennis Rupert and Stephanie and Roy John on nature trails. They found they had many common interests and in 1966 they decided to form a club. Dr.Tasker was the first President, Gerry Clements was vice President and field trip leader, Elizabeth was Treasurer and Stephanie was entertainment. Also joining them were Dennis and Sue Rupert.
This lasted for about a year and a half. They worked very hard to bring in new members. Peter drew many doctors into the group. Membership was five dollars. They met at the Sarnia Library. Gerry describes Elizabeth as a human dynamo, holding teas to introduce the group and get new members to join, such as Isobel Greenop, Dennis and Sue Rupert and Joan Banks. They made displays, put on plays, had important speakers such as Robert Bateman and had fun! Dr.Tasker wrote a weekly column for the Observer called “Meadow Man.”
They became close as a group. One project they started was to save a sand dune in Port Franks. This dune, the highest point in Lambton County, was being destroyed by road builders who needed the sand. They won and thus began many campaigns to help save our environment.

Janet Bremner
Past President