The Doris Huestis Speirs Award is the most prestigious award given by the Society of Canadian Ornithologists. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding lifetime contributions in Canadian ornithology through contributions to conservation efforts, ornithological fieldwork and literature, and public education. Past awardees include professionals who work at museums, government agencies, private companies and universities, as well as amateur ornithologists and people who have contributed to ornithological infrastructure of Canada.
This year local naturalist Clive Goodwin was the recipient of this coveted award. Clive was nominated by the Willow Beach Field Naturalists because of his outstanding contribution to Canadian ornithology. In 1949, Clive emigrated from England to Canada at age 20. From 1965 to 1977 Clive was the Executive Director of the Conservation Council of Ontario. Since then, Clive has been involved in many conservation efforts in Ontario including major contributions to Birdlife International's Presqu'ile Important Bird Area project, the Presqu'ile Provincial Park Management Plan, the Presqu'ile Beach Management Plan, the Cobourg Harbour Development and Recreational Master Plans and the Management Plan for Lone Pine Marsh in Northumberland. Over the years Clive has been a regular contributor of numerous articles and papers on birds, nature and environmental matters. Since moving to Cobourg from Toronto, Clive has been the environmental advisor to the Cobourg Town Council and produced the Cobourg Nature Calendar (1995) and Bird Finding in Cobourg, a booklet for the Chamber of Commerce (1995). He recently composed the informative text for the display boards along the boardwalk on the Cobourg west beach, which has been kept in its natural state, pointing out valuable ecosystems and the birds to be seen in passage year round.
Reprinted from OntarioNature Network News, July 15, 2009
Photo of Clive Goodwin © E. Kellogg