Bird Studies, Vaseux Lake Banding Station
Dick Cannings was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, in a family keenly interested in natural history. He works half-time for Bird Studies Canada, coordinating Canadian Christmas Bird Counts, the eBird program and the British Columbia Owl Survey, and also does consulting work, primarily on impacts to species at risk in the Okanagan Valley. Dick has served on various boards and committees, including 8 years as co-chair for birds on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, 11 years on the British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board and 5 years on the British Columbia Forest Appeals Commission. He was a founding director of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and has also served on the national and regional boards of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Dick has written over a dozen books on the natural history of British Columbia and has produced regular radio items on natural history themes for CBC and taught continuing education courses on birding and nature.