David Gascoigne


David has had a lifelong interest in birds beginning at the age of eight. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree but has studied ornithology at Trent University in Peterborough, ON , in addition to having a huge ornithological library and studying birds all his life. David spends time in the field most days.

David is a past president of Waterloo Region Nature, past Chairman of the Friends of Kawartha Conservation, and does bird monitoring for the rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, ON, in addition to doing a weekly survey for the University of Waterloo and sessional undergraduate lectures and practical field ecology.  David volunteered his time and expertise to the City of Waterloo in the development of the Waterloo Sports Complex and Environmental Reserve, and his voice may be heard on the interactive sign at the park. David was on the management committee of, and delivered presentations at, the Wonders of Nature event held annually in Kitchener. David regularly makes presentations in the Kitchener Public Library’s Nature in the City series and to a whole host of other organizations and schools, having travelled as far away as Kansas, USA.

David has been a judge at the Envirofair held at the University of Waterloo and was a judge at the 2018 and 2019 Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship.

Currently, David is volunteering with a private landowner in St. Agatha to transform a 119 acre farm into an environmental preserve. Numerous significant initiatives have already been implemented and more are planned. In this connection endangered Barn Swallows have been radio-tracked after they leave Waterloo on their journey to South America, and much other scientific work has been undertaken in cooperation with the Ecology Lab at the University of Waterloo. Forty acres of the property have now been converted to a a tall grass prairie with all its attendant biodiversity. We have confirmed Vesper Sparrows breeding there, and Bobolinks have made exploratory visits.

In 1990 received an award for Outstanding Civic Contribution from the Town of Markham. David is the 2018 recipient of the Waterloo Region Nature Conservation award.

David is a member of the Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee for the Region of Waterloo, and is a Canadian reviewer for Princeton University Press’ natural history books.

David has travelled the world to discover new birds and study their ecology, having visited every continent except Antarctica.

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