Rick Ludkin

For over 40 years Rick’s “main job” was as a program manager for an Ontario Children’s Mental Health Centre in Hamilton. Always interested in birds, he began bird banding in the mid-70s. In the fall of 1995, he co-founded the Haldimand Bird Observatory with John Miles and subsequently ran a Canadian Migration Monitoring Station near Cayuga for over 25 years.

Prior to his retirement in 2010, Rick began to do bird-based field work in the Canadian Arctic. He studied Northern Fulmars and Snow Buntings on Devon Island; Common Eiders and Snow Buntings on Southampton Island; and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Dovekies in Svalbard. Field work in Alabama and northern Sweden were intermingled with these projects. Rick has spent over 400 days at sea monitoring seabirds in the North Atlantic for the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Rick co-founded, with Dr. Oliver Love and Christie Macdonald, the Canadian Snow Bunting Network, an organization that encourages the study (including banding) of Snow Buntings. It now consists of an array of banders and observers spread across much of the country.

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