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 has been a naturalist, biologist, research scientist, adjunct professor with scores of appearances on television, radio and in newspapers on bird related stories. He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologist's Society, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation. His art has appeared in mostly private collections in Canada and abroad.
Dr. Rob Butler is a Signature Member of AFC and a respected Canadian ornithologist where his research and conservation has aided in international and national designations to many important bird habitats in the Americas. He has served on many conservation boards. He has co-produced films and written three books for the general public the most recent being the award winning Pacific Flyway: waterbird migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego published by Sasquatch/Random House with Audrey Benedict and Geoff Hammerson that summarized over 30 years of bird migration research amidst stunning images.
Rob played an instrumental role in establishing Vancouver Bird Week and the Vancouver International Bird Festival, the latter which provided a venue for AFC. His publications and outreach served to raise awareness and establish designations for bird habitats along the Pacific Flyway. Rob's art is an extension of his conservation work. He is a supporter of the arts as a means to raise conservation awareness.