Vittoria resident appointed to Order of Canada

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Vittoria resident has been appointed to the Order of Canada alongside 60 other new appointees.

Michael S. W. Bradstreet became a member of the order “for his leadership in the protection of natural habitats and for his innovative bird conservation initiatives,” said the announcement.

Bernie Solymar, an administrator of the Nature of Norfolk Facebook group, shared the news on the page.

“Michael was hired to run the Long Point Bird Observatory in 1989 and became president of Bird Studies Canada in 1998,” said Solymar’s post.

“Since 2004, Michael has been with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has recently retired as the national Senior V.P. of New Conservation Strategies. His love for the local flora, fauna and habitats in the Carolinian life zone has been a major reason for the existence of so many protected lands in Norfolk, including our crown jewel – Backus Woods.”

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 and is one of the country’s highest honours.

“Presented by the governor general, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities,” said the release.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

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