History

The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club, a society for the study of Natural History, is one of the oldest clubs existing in Trinidad and Tobago, having being founded on 10th July 1891. The club lapsed into inactivity in 1907 but was reactivated in 1924 and except for a short period of inactivity from 1948-1953, has remained active since then. The club operates under a constitution and set of rules and traditions. As part of the club's 100th Anniversary Celebration, it was incorporated by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 17 of 1991). The club functions as a non-profit organisation and has applied to the Board of Inland Revenue for Charitable Status.

Mission

TO FOSTER EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE ON NATURAL HISTORY AND TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD LEAD TO THE APPRECIATION, PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF OUR NATURAL HERITAGE

Membership

Membership in the Club is open to all persons, of at least fifteen years of age, who subscribe to the objects of the club. The current membership is in excess of 250 and includes secondary school and university level students, interested adults and several professionals.

Membership Fees

Ordinary member TT $100.00 annually 
Junior Member (15 - 20 years) TT $50.00 annually 
Family Membership TT $150.00 annually 

An entrance fee of $50.00 becomes payable by an Ordinary Member on applying for membership. No entrance fees are paid by Junior Members.

Applications for membership may be submitted using the application form on this website.
Application form (pdf)
Application form (Excel worksheet)

Management

The affairs of the Club are vested in and conducted by a Management Committee consisting of eight members elected at the Annual General Meeting held in January of each year. The committee consists of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and three other members.

Members with specific skills also volunteer to lead the Special Interest Groups, or to form committees to focus on particular issues.

The 2014 Management Team comprises:

President Kris Sookdeo  
Vice-President Palaash Narase 751-3672
Treasurer Selwyn Gomes 624-8017
Secretary Eddison Baptiste 695-2264
Assistant Secretary Yvette Adams  
Committee Member Dan Jaggernauth 659-2795
Committee Member Glen Wilkes  
Committee Member Amy Deacon  

Club Rules

A copy of the Club's rules can be downloaded here

Committees

Quarterly Bulletin Editorial Committee:

Eddison Baptiste, Elisha Tikasingh, Palaash Narase, Reginald Potter

Living World Editorial Committee 2007 - 2011:

Elisha Tikasingh (Editor), Palaash Narase, Paul Comeau, Graham White

Special Interest Groups

The particular areas of interest found among Club members are served by special interest groups, which often organize their own activities.

The currently active groups are:

 Bird Group

The Birding group conducts several field trips throughout the year.
Contact: Kathleen Hinkson 682-9014

Botany Group

This group conducts quarterly field trips as detailed in the Program of Activities.
Contact: Lester Doodnath 622-5114

Bug Group

Devoted to the study of insects and other arthropods.
Contact: Shane T. Ballah 796-3335

Herpetology Group

Contact: Stevland Charles 296-7662

Marine Group

Contact: Bonnie Tyler, Richard Peterson 662-0686

Affiliations

The Club maintains representation on the Management Committee of the National Museum and the Wildlife Conservation Committee.

  • The Club was twinned to the Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club of Canada in 1982.
  • The Club has maintained an association including an exchange of publications with the Peninsula Field Naturalist, Sociedad Conservacionista Audubon de Venezuela and the St. Lucia Naturalists' Society.
  • The Club has been a member of the Caribbean Conservation Association since 1969.
  • The Club is a founding member of the Council of Presidents for the Environment (COPE).

Awards

The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club was awarded a Medal of Merit (Gold) in recognition of Community Service in the field of Ecology (August 1980 Presidential Awards).

The Club also received an award in 1992 from the Caribbean Conservation Association for 100 years of Service in conservation of the environment.

Contact Information

For further information, please write to: 

The Secretary,
Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club,
P.O. Box 642,
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago

Email: admin@ttfnc.org


   

The insect on our logo is the Inca beetle,  Inca clathrata. The subspecies found in Trinidad is Inca clathrata quesneli, named after Dr. Victor Quesnel, a former President of the Club and currently an Honorary Member.