A retired educator, Stew has had a long-time interest in natural history, nature photography and a special passion for bird behaviors. When Piping Plovers returned to nest at Sauble Beach in 2007, Stew became the first Coordinator for the Recovery Project. Under his caring watch over several years, Stew developed protocols that ensured the protection of the Piping Plover on the beach. Stew grew the program to over 100 volunteers and inspired many beachgoers to become Plover Lovers.
He continues to check on the Piping Plovers each season and sits on an advisory committee for the Piping Plover Committee of Stewardship Grey Bruce (Plover Lovers).