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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Ross’s Gull in Canada

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Biographical Summary of the Report Writer

Richard Knapton is a wildlife biologist working on endangered species with Environment Canada, a lecturer in ornithology and biology at the University of Alberta, and a tour leader and owner/director with Eagle-Eye Tours Inc. He completed an undergraduate degree at Lakehead University, a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, a Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. A field researcher for over 25 years, Richard has studied species as diverse as Bicknell’s Thrush, Merlin, Burrowing Owl, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark and Song, Clay-colored and White-throated Sparrows. He has authored over 70 articles on bird distribution, ecology and behaviour. He is involved in many conservation issues, including the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (Bird SSC), the Henslow's Sparrow Recovery Plan, Birds at Risk and Important Bird Areas in Canada, and is currently on the Alberta Birds Records and Atlas Records Committees.

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