David M. Bird, Director
B.Sc. (Honours Zoology), University of Guelph, 1973
An Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology at McGill University as of August 2013 but continuing as Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre. Main research interests over 40 years focused on raptorial birds, e.g. falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, etc. Participated in recovery programs for endangered Peregrine Falcons and Loggerhead Shrikes. Most recent research interest in the last ten years included the impact of brominated flame retardants on birds of prey, however his current studies focus on the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to wildlife research and management all over the world. Also have extensive consulting experience in human-bird interactions, e.g. control of nuisance wildlife, impact of ecotourism, wind farms, golf courses, urbanization, etc. on birds of prey and wildlife in general.
Administrative skills in community service include being Past-President of the Raptor Research Foundation Inc.; Past-President of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Past member of the board of directors of the American Birding Association; past member of the Board of Directors of Unmanned Systems Canada. Elected as a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union in 1996 and as a Member of the International Ornithological Committee in 1998. Have world-wide contacts in ornithology. Organized two major conferences on birds and several symposia and workshops.
Have much experience in area of public relations; produced a weekly nature report for CFCF-CTV, a major English television network in Quebec for 3 years; produced television reports for The Discovery Channel (Canada) in 1995; wrote a monthly column on birds for 28 years in The Montreal Gazette, Quebec's only major English newspaper; write two columns on birds for the bimonthly magazine, Bird-Watchers' Digest, and associated newsletters, Backyard Bird News and News on the Fly. Logged many hours on radio phone-in shows on wildlife for CJAD and CBC; produced a weekly nature column on CJAD radio for 45 weeks in 1995. Founded and organized the Montreal Bird Festival in May 2000.
In terms of teaching at McGill University, lectured on ornithology, behaviour, science communication methods, wildlife conservation, and fisheries and wildlife management. Taught ornithology in Kenya for 5 stints. Have taught a 5-day ornithology course for interested bird-lovers. Hosted/led birding trips to several countries, including Belize, Costa Rica, Peru, India, Chile, Virgin Islands, Galapagos, and Kenya.
Over 185 publications in refereed scientific journals/conference proceedings; edited three conference proceedings, edited four books including Raptor Research and Management Techniques (2007) and best-selling Birds of Canada (2010), Birds of Eastern Canada (2013), Birds of Western Canada (2013); author of City Critters: How to Live With Urban Wildlife (1986), Bird’s Eye View (1999), and The Bird Almanac (2004); 36 M.Sc. and 10 Ph.D. students supervised to completion; 2 M.Sc. and 1 Ph.D. students currently being supervised:
Dominique Chabot (Ph.D.) Application of fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to wildlife biology
James Junda (M.Sc.) Behavioural responses of large nesting birds to rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Charla Patterson (M.Sc.) Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to track caribou
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2003 Avian Science and Conservation Centre
McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Rd.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada H9X 3V9
Phone: (514) 398-7760 Fax: (514) 398-7990