SPNC members receive Ontario Nature awards

Longime SPNC members Bev Kingdon and Bill McIlveen were each recipients of a prestigious Conservation Award from Ontario Nature in June 2017.

Bev KingdonBeverly Kingdon (on left) was awarded the 2017 J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for distinguished public service resulting in exceptional environmental achievement. Bev was instrumental in the reintroduction of trumpeter swans to Ontario, where the last previously known trumpeter was shot in Long Point in 1886. Bev and her husband Ray first got involved in retired MNR biologist Harry Lumsden’s program in the 1980s to adopt and raise trumpeter swans from hatched eggs brought in from northwestern North America. Beginning with the reintroduction to the wild in 1993 at LaSalle Park in Burlington, Bev has been banding, tagging, monitoring, and promoting public awareness and protection of the swans. Today, thanks in large part to the efforts of Bev Kingdon, the number of trumpeter swans has reached a viable population of over 1,000 in Ontario. SPNC is proud of our “Swan Lady” and happy with the recognition she has received with the Ontario Nature award.

Bill McIlveen

Bill McIlveen was awarded the 2017 W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for outstanding personal service and a strong commitment to nature conservation over a number of years with exceptional results. Bill has committed a lifetime to learning about our natural history and sharing his passion with others. He has played leading roles in a wide range of organizations and initiatives including the Toronto Entomological Association, the Field Botanists of Ontario, the Ontario Bird Banding Association, the Ontario Vernal Pool Association, the Halton Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee, the Lake Ontario Shoreline Algae Action Committee, as well as acting as a regional coordinator for the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Ontario (twice) and the Ontario Tree Atlas. He has contributed large quantities of data to numerous different projects.

Bill has authored over 400 articles and reports on nature and the environment and is a prolific speaker on many natural history topics. He is a member of many naturalist organizations, including our own South Peel Naturalists’ club. Congratulations to Bill on this well-deserved award.

To see the group photo and other winners, visit www.ontarionature.org.

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