William Walker Hamilton Gunn

William Walker Hamilton Gunn, ornithologist, ecologist (b at Toronto 18 Mar 1913; d at Lindsay, Ont 15 Oct 1984). His research on bird migration and behaviour has been applied effectively to ecological management and public education.

Gunn, William Walker Hamilton

William Walker Hamilton Gunn, ornithologist, ecologist (b at Toronto 18 Mar 1913; d at Lindsay, Ont 15 Oct 1984). His research on bird migration and behaviour has been applied effectively to ecological management and public education. He was the first executive director of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists 1952-55 and helped found several naturalist and professional biologist organizations. His research into conflicts between birds and aircraft in the 1960s helped develop a warning system still in use by Canadian officials.

Gunn was a founder, first president (1970-80) and chairman (1980-84) of LGL Ltd, an early environmental consulting firm. He also pioneered the recording of bird songs, and in 1963 became associated with the CBC as consultant and sound recordist, especially for "The Nature of Things" series. His research, conservation efforts and educational endeavours have been recognized by awards and appointments to several naturalist organizations.