McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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Local Wildlife

Outdoor recreation in Hamilton offers ample opportunity to view local wildlife. Learn what walks, flies, crawls, swims and slithers in local natural areas.

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Invasive Species Learn More

Invasive species are newly introduced plants, insects, animals and fish that cause damage to the environment. It can be found in both flora and fauna. They are one of the biggest threats to local ecosystems.

Baby bluebirds in McMaster Forest

Birds Learn More

Over 300 bird species can be found in Hamilton all year round. These unique animals make incredible and distinct sounds that you might once hear. Check out the most common birds you can find on campus.

Endangered/Rare Species Learn More

List of unique plants and animals found in McMaster surrounding Areas

Controlled Burns Learn More

Controlled burns reduce the risk of wildfires and the spread of invasive species that may threaten McMaster Land’s surrounding properties and wildlife. Controlled burns encourage the growth and competition of native plants, providing a habitat for local wildlife. McMaster University depends on controlled burns to keep its natural lands in good condition.

At a Glance

Hamilton is within the Carolinian forest range which is a unique life zone that makes up only 1% of Canada’s total land area and hosts a greater number of wildlife species than any other ecosystem in the country.

Many people do not realize the amount of natural diversity living in Hamilton, which includes,

Local Wildlife Information by Species