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Dan Airola of Sacramento, California, has a Masters in Wildland Resource Science and a special interest in field ornithology. He worked as a Wildlife Biologist/Consultant for 30 years and is currently President of U. S. operations for Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Inc., an international company based in Edmonton specializing in water resource science and engineering. Dan was a Biologist, Principal, and Board Chairman of Jones and Stokes, a U. S. environmental consulting firm. He also served on the Board of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association. Dan has been conducting research and conservation projects on bridge-nesting Purple Martin populations in Sacramento and other martin populations in California, and has authored or co-authored over 20 scientific papers on western Purple Martins. He has served on the WPMF Board since 2006.

Steve Baillie has a BSc in Zoology and has worked in fisheries-related programs for over 25 years. He is currently a Biologist working on Chinook Salmon with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. Steve enjoys working with numbers and is currently Treasurer for the conservation organization, Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society. He is the President of the local branch of the Professional Institute of Public Servants. He also has a passion for birdwatching. 


Dr. Andrew Bryant of Powell River, BC has PhD in Biology and manages his own consulting company, Andrew A. Bryant Services. He has studied the Vancouver Island Marmot for many years and was instrumental in setting up the successful Vancouver Island Marmot recovery and captive-breeding programs. Andrew has also studied bird communities in old growth and managed forests, as well as bats, hawks, burrowing owls, butterflies, spotted sandpipers and many other species. His primary interest is the conservation biology of rare and threatened species. Andrew is also interested in recovery planning, public education and international conservation initiatives. His photographs have appeared in many magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, and Equinox, as well as books, newspapers and government and scientific publications.

Charlene Lee has a BSc in Biology and is a retired Biological Consultant. She managed her Nanaimo - based environmental consulting company, J.C. Lee & Associates Ltd., for almost 30 years before retiring. She has worked with personnel at all levels of government and many fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, engineering and construction companies. Charlene conducted extensive marine plant and animal inventories for Pacific Rim National Park and worked on many fisheries and aquaculture - related projects throughout coastal BC with emphasis on Vancouver Island. Charlene also completed many habitat and environmental assessment surveys as part of land development projects. She is now actively involved in conservation and Species At Risk programs in BC and is currently the President of the conservation organisation, Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society. She has an interest in birdwatching and photography.

Dr. David Low of Nanoose Bay has a MD and CM as well as a MSc and PhD in medicine. For 40 years he held full time faculty appointments at Baylor College of Medicine, University of BC and University of Texas-Houston progressing from Assistant Professor to tenured Professor. David was Associate Dean of Medicine then Co-ordinator (Dean of the College) of Health Sciences at UBC. He was President of the University of Texas-Houston for 12 years. David is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas School of Public Health and Consultant Advisor to the Episcopal Health Charities (Houston) and the Calgary Region of Alberta Health on Community Development of Health. He has been on numerous community educational, scientific and humanitarian Boards, such as Episcopal Health Charities, Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, The Kinkaid School (Houston) and UBC Hospital. David is an excellent science writer, public speaker and educator with an interest in photography.


Honorary Director

Cam Finlay started studying Purple Martins over 40 years ago when he did his MSc in Zoology on Purple Martins at the northern limit of their breeding range in Alberta. He worked for a short time for Shell Oil as a District Geologist and Elk Island National Park as Chief Park Naturalist. For the majority of his working career, Cam worked with the City of Edmonton in a variety of Director positions such as Historical Development and Archives, Science Services, Nature Centre, and River Valley Programs. Cam has served on a variety of Boards such as Alberta, Canadian and American Museum Associations, Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association and Edmonton Natural History Society.

Cam became involved with Purple Martins again in BC when he and his wife moved to Victoria over 30 years ago. Cam helped initiate a major BC Purple Martin banding program in 1996 and an important DNA analysis study. He also established the current International Working Group for western Purple Martins with naturalists and biologists from BC, Washington, Oregon and California.


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