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2017 Award Winner

Professor David Paton with donors Marilyn and Ron Seidel

Prof David Paton

Associate Professor School of Biological Sciences

David is extremely passionate about his voluntary work, having dedicated countless hours to organisations and groups focussed on engaging people with natural history and biodiversity, giving frequent public talks and offering field experiences.

He has been committed to using his expertise, passion and knowledge in a voluntary capacity for 45 years. Some of his volunteering achievements include:

  • Developing a Strategic Management Plan for Birds SA and founding “Fledglings”, a group which provides field and classroom learning experiences for children, linking them with South Australia’s birdlife.
  • Advocating for and facilitating the conversion of a disused property to an education retreat for Wilderness School. He volunteered his expertise to write the science curriculum and runs bird banding sessions providing the students direct experience with scientific research.
  • Encouraging and supporting members of the public in monitoring of the Coorong’s ecosystem for more than 20 years. His award-winning book At the End of the River: The Coorong and Lower Lakes, is a testament to his passion for community education and making science accessible to everyone.
  • Founding BioR , a not-for-profit that generates funds and expert knowledge to recreate habitat for wildlife, and create opportunities for people of all ages, particularly children, to reconnect with nature, inspiring a passion to care for South Australia’s unique environmental heritage.
  • Advocating for conservation and South Australia’s biodiversity including advocating for the listing of the Monarto Woodlands as a conservation park.
  • Helping to secure 500 ha of old farmland at Monarto to be used to rebuild habitat for conservation, encouraging the local community’s involvement with planting, bird banding and research projects to foster their personal connection with the area.
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