Ralph Bird Award recipient 1996
In recognition for his many years as an environmentalist and strong advocate for nature, Bob Waldron is awarded the Ralph Bird Award.
Bob joined the MNS in 1967. A native Manitoban from Killarney, he grew up on Seton. He became an avid naturalist and was soon contributing articles and columns on the outdoors in the Killarney Guide. An MNS Board member and later an Executive Member, he assumed the responsibilities of President in 1976. He studied wildlife from his “hideaway” in the Pembina Valley close to Lorne Lake. His rural research led to the excellent columns called “Rural Naturalist” that appeared in the Manitoba Co-operator for several years. Bob also hosted a bi-weekly TV programme on nature. He was written three books on feeding birds, the first of which was “Feeding Winter Birds on the Prairies”.
Since moving to Alert Bay, BC a few years ago for reasons of health, Bob has continued to do ecological research, conducts nature tours for seniors and is currently writing a book on nature for young people. He is a member of the Ernest Thompson Seton Institute Inc. Advisory Board (International) and has contributed to “Green Leaves”, the Seton Institute’s bi-monthly publication. Bob was chair of the Extension Committee and was instrumental in organizing the popular fall “seed and Suet” evening, a profitable money-generating night.
The MNS is pleased to present Bob with the Ralph Bird Award.