Cultivating conservation achievements for 72 years:
Natural History Society of Barrington disbands organization
On November 16, the long-standing Natural History Society of Barrington formally ended its existence, yet celebrated its long, proud history of conservation achievements. The Society also ensured that its investments in conservation would live on by transferring its assets to Citizens for Conservation.
“While it is sad to see the Society’s 72-year existence come to an end,” said NHSOB President Duane Heaton, “it is fortunate that our assets can go to an organization such as CFC, whose philosophy and geographic range so perfectly match the Society’s.” Heaton stated that NHSOB will continue to maintain their presence and field questions for the next 3 months. At that time everything will be archived at the library.
CFC board member Steve Smith accepted the transfer on behalf of CFC. He also gave a presentation on the Barrington Greenway Initiative, highlighting CFC’s vision and plans to link more than 14,000 acres of land across the greater Barrington area to improve ecosystems, biodiversity, and nature-based services to the community.
Long-time Society leader Chuck Westcott recounted some of the Society’s many accomplishments. The Society “was involved in a study of DDT poisoning of robins in the Village of Barrington in 1957 and supported the preservation of Volo Bog, Bakers Lake, and its adjacent savanna. It conducted a very successful sunflower bird seed sale for many years with the proceeds going to local, state and national conservation organizations; it provided leadership for guided bird walks at Crabtree Nature Center each spring and fall for thirty-seven years, and brought to its monthly meetings guest speakers from a wide range of scientific, educational and conservation organizations.”
Westcott captured the sentiments of members, saying “The Society has touched many individuals during its time and I feel that it has been instrumental in educating residents in the appreciation and protection of the many natural assets of the Barrington Area. Like a frail and failing old oak tree, perhaps it has produced enough ‘acorns’ during its lifetime to insure that its purpose endures and that residents will always cherish and protect the flora, fauna and scenic beauties of the Barrington area.”
CFC committed to carry forward the Society’s objectives of “education about the natural world and encouraging local residents to preserve natural lands”. You can view CFC's 2018 Community Education programs here. CFC was also honored to formally recognize the Natural History Society of Barrington as a Barrington Greenway Initiative Supporting Partner.