For over 40 years, Rob Butler watched, listened and lived among birds in the Salish Sea. He followed the birds into marshlands and along beaches of the Salish Sea and distant tropical lands. He met people of many cultures and he wrote and spoke about his discoveries. What emerged was a new view of nature that could inspire and transform the lives of all people.
Dr. Rob Butler is an ornithologist, author, filmmaker and artist. He holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). He spent 40 years mostly with the Canadian Wildlife Service as a biologist and then a scientist researching birds. His research career began with the social behaviour of crows followed by the ecology of great blue herons that led to the publishing of The Great Blue Heron (UBC Press) in 1997, and then to the migration and ecology of shorebirds.
Rob is an adjunct professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and has published over 140 works for scientific and popular audiences. He has scores of appearances on television, radio and in newspapers on bird related stories. He wrote and co-produced a film on nature and culture in the Salish Sea with Mike McKinlay in 2015.
He serves on many boards including the executive of the The Nature Trust of British Columbia, President the Pacific WildLife Foundation (co-founded with Tom Middleton), Chair of the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee, and the National Committee of the International Ornithological Congress 2018. Butler is Honorary Director of Nature Kids that he co-founded (with Daphne Solecki) in 2000.
He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Union, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation. His art has appeared is in mostly private collections in Canada and abroad.