RICK LUDKIN of the Canadian Snow bunting Network to speak at Marsh Social November 7th
October 30, 2014
The Hilliardton Marsh Research and Ed. Centre is proud to have Rick Ludkin of Ruthven banding station speaking at our Marsh Social on November 7th. The Hilliarton Marsh and Ruthven have become significant partners in their banding endeavours, especially in the area of Snow bunting research. So if you haven't got your tickets for the event, please contact us via our homepage or on Facebook.
Read Rick's Bio below:
Rick’s “main job” for over 40 years was in Children’s Mental Health; he was a program manager for an Ontario Children’s Mental Health Centre in Hamilton. But he has always been interested in birds and he began bird banding in the mid-70’s. In the Fall of 1995 he started a Canadian Migration Monitoring Station at Ruthven Park National Historic Site just outside of Cayuga, which he continues to run.
A few years prior to his retirement in 2010, he began to do bird-based field work in the Canadian Arctic. He spent part of one summer on Devon Island (studying Northern Fulmars and Snow Buntings) and 4 summers on Southampton Island (studying Common Eiders and Snow Buntings). After that he spent two summers in Svalbard (studying Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Dovekies). Interspersed with these projects was field work in Alabama and northern Sweden.
In January/February of both 2013 and 2014 he lived in a small village in rural western Kenya. This was the beginning of what he hopes will be a long term project. Using donated guide books and binoculars he worked initially with grade 6, 7 & 8 students and then with the larger community teaching them how to watch/identify, monitor and then band the birds in their area with a view to developing an expertise that they can use to participate in research and/or the growing eco-tourism business.
But it was his love of (and respect for) Snow Buntings that lead to collaboration with Dr. Oliver Love and Christie Macdonald to form and develop the Canadian Snow Bunting Network – to better monitor and understand these hardy, dynamic little birds.