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Tribute to waterbird research pioneer

On 3 July 2016 in Ottawa, Canada after a long period of ill health pioneer waterbird researcher Hugh Boyd passed away.  Hugh was a pioneer of waterbird science and helped lay the foundations of AEWA as well as being a great supporter of the Ramsar Convention.  In the UK, he helped establish from scratch a great deal of the essential work, now taken for granted, such as systematic counts, the use of ringing in understanding demographics, studies of age ratios and aerial surveys.  Moving to Canada, he provided great impetus to the work of the migratory bird section of the Canadian Wildlife Service.   He was also in the vanguard of those considering the impacts of climate change in the Arctic.

You can read more about the work history and the legacy of Hugh Boyd here

Patrons of Waterbirds around the world: from left to right: Harvey Nelson (USA), Hugh Boyd (Canada), Geoffrey Matthews (UK) and Eckhart Kuijken (Belgium) - Photo: Dougie Barnett
Group photo of AEWA MOP5 Participants taken in honor of Hugh Boyd / Photo: IISD (May 2012, La Rochelle, France)