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Monty Brigham - 2010 Anne Hanes Natural History Award


The Anne Hanes Natural History Award recognizes excellence in natural history research by an amateur. This year the award goes to Monty Brigham for his work over many decades recording the sounds of Canadian bird species.

Monty is one of Canada's foremost experts on audio recording and identification of bird sounds. His recordings are widely recognized for their quality and quantity. He has recorded the songs and calls of over 300 Canadian bird species. He has published a number of collections of Canadian nature sounds, starting with "Songs of the Seasons", produced in 1979 to help commemorate the OFNC's centennial year. He has also prepared "Pelee Spring" (1980) and "Algonquin Park" (1981) and "Natural Sounds of Ontario: Birds, Frogs and Mammals" (2003). In the early 1990's he produced "Bird Sounds of Canada", a set of six CD's designed to complement "Birds of Canada".

At present, many of Monty's recordings are available online as he has been a major contributor of sound recordings to Dendroica, an interactive website with vocalizations and images of birds from Canada, USA, and Mexico. This website is sponsored by Environment Canada and the United States Geological Survey, among others.

For his outstanding contribution to our knowledge of bird, mammal and amphibian vocalizations in Eastern Ontario and across Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club is very pleased to present Monty Brigham with the Anne Hanes Natural History Award for 2010.

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