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Ron Reid — Carden Program Coordinator

Ron Reid Carden Program Coordinator

Born: Chesley, ON, over in southern Bruce County

Last purchase: A laptop for my son Alex who is at Georgian College

Favourite word/phrase/quote: ‘Tis better to seek forgiveness than permission

Indulgence: Escaping the office to go birding

Hidden talent: makes wicked Icicle pickles

Unverified claim to fame: “The Bird House Lady’s Husband”

Pets: 2 indoor cats

If I could change the world: I would have every one of us wake up to the real and present danger posed by climate change.

Your perfect day: Exploring a pristine stream by canoe with Janet, on a perfect sunny and bug-free day.

What I wanted to be when I was a kid: A farmer

Favourite place I have visited: Kenya

Favourite animal: River otter

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Telescopic vision for zooming in on distant birds

Favourite season and why: Spring – the renewal of hope

Fondest memory: Camping beside a remote rapids in Wabikimi Wilderness Park

First job: Scrubbing ponds and feeding ground liver to trout at a fish hatchery

Before working at the Conservancy: A natural heritage consultant for 20 years

What you love about working at the Conservancy: The feeling of being able to make tangible accomplishments in protecting nature

Favourite part about your job: Meeting people of all sorts, finding innovative ways to make projects happen

Favourite place in the Couchiching region: Granite barrens south of Severn River

What has been your most rewarding experience at the Conservancy so far? Bringing Grant’s Woods into our ownership, and converting the house to office space.

When you’re not at the Conservancy, what do you do with your time? Birding, canoeing, building birdhouses.