known as the Valley Naturalists, The Ford Alward Naturalists’
Association (FANA) has been in existence for more than fifteen years.
FANA is a volunteer non-profit non-governmental organization with strong
The beautiful Becaguimac
(“River of Salmon”) Stream, in the
Harland region of Carleton County
We began primarily as a birding group and this continues to be one of our
In addition, this group concerns itself with all aspects of nature,
including trees, wild flowers, mushrooms, fish, mammals and plants.
Presently, there are about 25 members in FANA, including families
The Ford Alward Naturalists’ Association is located in Carleton
County. This county is in the heart of a rich area of New Brunswick, with
many old growth hardwood forests, which are home to many interesting
FANA is affiliated (at both the provincial and federal levels) with
longstanding groups, such as the New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists
and the Canadian Nature Federation.
Our primary goal is education as part of lifelong learning. We have
monthly meetings from September to May. At these meetings, we report our
various sightings, have presentations, followed by a Questions &
Answers period and enjoy refreshments together. By coming together and
doing this, we have learned about many subjects such as: sharks, birding
in New Brunswick, the Shetland Islands, wetlands, rich hardwood forests,
the Northwest Passage and Antarctica.
FANA has found that education is also accomplished by taking the
occasional fieldtrip. On one such outing to Carleton and Victoria
counties, we found many orchids, including Calypso, Lady’s slippers
and Moccasins. Recent excursions have included: a hike to find
mushrooms, whale watching off Grand Manan, and sailing up the Monquart
searching for pileated woodpeckers. Most outings so far have focused on
activities such as birding, hiking, plant identification or combinations
FANA is the type of group where one feels safe and always compelled
to learn more and to enjoy our natural surroundings. New members are
always welcome, especially the youth. Our elderly members love to share
what they know. Cold winter evenings are made warmer by slide
presentations about our summer outings; and the summer outings provide
learning and experiences to share during the winter.
Anyone wanting to join can do so by calling our Treasurer, Cindy
Derksen, at 506-375-4642 or by attending one of our monthly meetings. We
meet at the Florenceville Village Hall, on the first Tuesday of every
month, from September to May (usually). Meetings start at 7 PM.
Memberships are $5 for individuals and $8 for families. All are
Elizabeth McIntosh, President
Ford Alward Naturalist Association
560, Kenneth Road,
Tel & Fax: 1-506-246-5572