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Richard Cannings

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Richard was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley of BC and worked for most of his career as a biologist.  He curated the Cowan Vertebrate Museum at the University of British Columbia for 17 years, then worked with Bird Studies Canada for 16 years, coordinating Canadian Christmas Bird Counts, the eBird program and the British Columbia Owl Survey.  He served on various boards and committees, including 8 years as co-chair for birds on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, 11 years on the British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board and 5 years on the British Columbia Forest Appeals Commission.  He was a founding director of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and has also served as a board member for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  
Richard has written over a dozen books on the natural history of British Columbia. In 2015 he moved from biology to politics and now serves as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa, representing the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.

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