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Jim Woodford

Melanie Colón

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Originally posted: http://www.bsc-eoc.org/organization/bscnews.html


16 March 2015 – We’re sorry to report that Jim Woodford, a lifelong birdwatcher, naturalist, and environmentalist, passed away on March 14.

Jim was one of the founding pioneers of Long Point Bird Observatory. Jim and his wife Pat were part of the small group of birders and banders who first visited the Tip of Long Point on Thanksgiving weekend 1959, and who went on to launch the observatory in the spring of 1960. Jim and Pat were actively involved in all aspects of developing and running the observatory in its early years. They remained keen supporters of LPBO in the ensuing decades.

Jim was a former executive director of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature) and authored several books. After retiring in 1995 from conservation-related work and writing, he earned a diploma in addictions counselling. He went on to work in the detox units at Toronto Western and St. Michael’s hospitals, and volunteered with Hospice Orillia and at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

Jim will be fondly remembered and missed by those who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at Carden Alvar in late May.

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