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Accession Number: 96-001


Douglas Sadler fonds. Additions. -- 1930-1990 ; predominant 1952-1959. -- 61 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Douglas Sadler was born in London, England in 1916. He served in the 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) during World War II and with the Queen's Royal Regiment in Holland. He spent six months imprisoned in Oflag 79, Germany. It was during the World War II that Sadler met his future wife, Joan, in England. They were married in 1942. After the War, he served as a Captain in the Army and one of his tours took him to Singapore in 1947. He came to Canada in 1950 to work on Governor-General Vincent Massey's farm near Port Hope, Ontario and later worked for the Port Hope Evening Guide in advertising. This was the begining of his newspaper career which ultimately led him to the Peterborough Examiner and the City of Peterborough in 1953. Part of his work at the Examiner included writing his now famous outdoor column, "Come Quietly With Me," which he wrote for more than 30 years. Douglas has written close to 1500 columns on every conceivable aspect of the environment. Late in his life, Douglas decided to return to school. He attended the old Peterborough Teacher's College, and upon graduation, began teaching with the Northumberland Board of Education. He later became the vice-principal of Warkworth School in 1969 and worked there for twelve years before taking a job as an outdoor education consultant. He then moved to the Peterborough County Board of Education. When the outdoor education program was cancelled in 1975, Douglas continued teaching at the Bailieboro School. At about the same time, Douglas became a member of the Peterborough Field Naturalists. After two years, he joined the Ontario Federation of Field Naturalists and was a member for sixteen years, two of which were spent as the Federation's president. Douglas has won the Frank Kortright Award twice and is an honorary life member of the Peterborough Field Naturalists. He earned a degree in geography in 1978 from Trent University and, in 1988, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the same university. In 1987 he authored the book "Reading Natures Clues."

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Douglas Sadler before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of bird spotting forms for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas and Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas error forms. Also included in the fonds are numerous publications and newsletters from various naturalist clubs across Ontario.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Douglas Sadler.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds, along with 95-016, is an addition to 90-002.

For related records see: 81-008.

Finding Aid

Box 1


The Orchid The Peterborough Nature Club 1957-62, 1969-90 (some issues missing)

The Wood Duck Hamilton Nature Club April 1953 - Nov. 61 (some issues missing)

The Heron Kitchner-Waterloo Field Naturalists March 1957 and Feb. 1958

The Blue Bill Kingston Nature Club April 1957, Summer '57, Sept. '57, Oct '57 Nov./Dec/ '57 and Jan. '58

Nature News and Notes Oshawa Naturalist Club Feb. 1957

Richmond Hill Naturalists Sept. 1957, Oct., Dec. '57, Jan '58 and March '59

Sault Naturalist Club Dec. '57, March '58

K-W Field Naturalist 1955

The Curlew Wellow Beach Naturalist May '57 and March '58

Thunder Bay Field Naturalist Dec. '57, Jan. '58, March '59

Toronto Field Naturalist Club Oct. '53, Dec. '57, April '57, April '58, March '58, Dec. '59, April '59 May '60

Intermediate Naturalist (2 copies) 1957

The Cardinal London's Nature Club March '52 - Sept. '61 (several copies missing)

The Auk Quarterly Journal of Ornithology July '52, Oct '52, Jan '53

Autobahn Field Notes June '53, Aug, Oct & Dec. '53, Feb. & April '54

Bird Lore Dec. '30, Jan-Feb. '31, March- April '31, July -Aug. '31

Owl Summer '76

News letter Foundation of Naturalists Aug/Oct '70, Nov/Dec '70, Jan- Dec. '71, Jan-July '72 Oct-Nov '72, 1990 catalogue   Box 2&3 Bird spotting forms for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas

Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Error forms.