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Meet Dr. Doug Tozer.

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THE “LOVE OF BIRDS”  A VIDEO FEATURING A VERY YOUNG DR. DOUG TOZER, KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL BANQUET. HIS TOPIC WILL BE “LESSONS FROM LOONS: WHAT OUR WILDERNESS SYMBOL IS TELLING US.

Dr. Doug Tozer, a graduate of the Environmental & Life Sciences Ph.D. program at Trent University, has always been fascinated by birds. And what started out as a childhood hobby, bird watching in Algonquin Park with his parents, has since become his life-long passion and research pursuit. 

Working under the supervision of Trent Biology professor Dr. Erica Nol, Dr. Tozer completed both his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. at Trent. During his masters program, he studied the nesting biology of bitterns, rails, and blackbirds in cattail marshes. Dr. Tozer’s doctoral research explored whether current selection-logging techniques in maple-dominated forests in central Ontario maintain woodpecker populations.

His research and passion for birds is highlighted in a new video, called A Love of Birds. Filmed by Dr. Tozer’s own Ph.D. field assistant, Hugo Kitching and colleague Terry Myers, the short documentary will be used as part of the natural and human history interpretive program run by The Fiends of Algonquin Park and Ontario Parks in Algonquin Park. The video shows Dr. Tozer in his element, communing with the birds of Algonquin Park.

In speaking about what he enjoys most about his research, Dr. Tozer says: “I love being outside and getting to see inside the nests of woodpeckers, something that virtually nobody else gets to do on a regular basis. Ultimately, though, it’s that the research is applied and that the results are directly usable by land managers. I hope that my research will enhance the quality of how we manage our forests in Ontario.”

Dr. Doug Tozer. See and hear him Saturday May 23, at the HFBF Banquet.

Dr. Doug Tozer. See and hear him Saturday May 23, at the HFBF Banquet.

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