Cheryl Anderson: IBA CareTaker Extraordinaire!
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Cheryl Anderson is a resident of Picton, Ontario, a beautiful town nestled in the middle of Prince Edward County, Ontario. Cheryl has recently retired from a home business, but her work did not prevent her from working overtime as a nature CareTaker! Cheryl is the past president of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and is the current president of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. She arrived in Prince Edward County in 2003 after retiring from a career in biochemistry research at the University of Guelph. In Guelph, Cheryl served in several positions on the executive of the Guelph Field Naturalists; and, as a member of the Guelph Round Table on the Environment and Economy, she chaired a Community Involvement Program to write a Green Plan for the City of Guelph. Cheryl is the proud mother of 2 sons and even prouder grandmother of 3.
For the past several years, as President of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, one of the most active bird observatories in Canada, Cheryl has done virtually everything that a volunteer can do, from helping remove birds from mist nets to writing time-consuming funding proposals and hiring staff to run the station’s monitoring protocols. She has also handled public relations, fundraising, and helps with maintenance work on the Canadian Wildlife Service Property. She also participates actively in a range of citizen science projects, including species at risk surveys of the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area, a site that made it onto BirdLife International’s list of IBAs in Danger.
Cheryl has handled press and public relations for the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists Executive on the Ostrander Point Tribunal appeal. This past summer, Cheryl was a key organizer of the first Bioblitz of the south shore IBA. This great event brought dozens of people into the IBA to document its biodiversity in early August. Cheryl’s outlook captures the essence of being a naturalist: passion and knowledge.
We thank Cheryl for her contributions and wish her well in her retirement, knowing full well that she is not retiring from her much valued and admired role as a nature caretaker.