Bulter, Robert oral history interview

Interview with Robert Butler
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Fraser River
migratory waterfowl
urban birds

Dr. Robert Butler is a biologist and bird specialist who has lived in New Westminster and studied birds on the Fraser Delta for the last thirty years. He was a senior research scientist with Environment Canada and at the time of the interview an adjunct professor of biology at Simon Fraser University. Fraser Delta is considered the primary of all “Important Bird Areas” of the 598 areas in Canada, and Butler describes his work on birds in the area and internationally. Having worked extensively on the Fraser Delta, he talks about the changes to the bird population in the New Westminster area through the process of urbanization, industrialization, and deindustrialization. Butler was a part of a five-year project that resulted in the creation of a British Columbia Bird Atlas and recently completed the first urban bird atlas on the bird population in New Westminster. http://www.sfu.ca/biology/wildberg/butler.htm

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