Barry MacKay has devoted his life and career to the study of natural history, and the protection of birds and other wildlife. He has maintained a thirty year relationship with the Born Free USA United with The Animal Protection Institute, based in Sacramento, California, doing animal protection work, and is currently the organization’s senior programme advisor. He is also a founding director of the Animal Alliance of Canada and a director of Zoocheck-Canada; a life member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and an honorary life member of the Second Marsh Defense Association, a member of the Toronto Ornithological Club and a member of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.
As a naturalist, Barry has participated in numerous activities related to bird and nature study: helping a University of Toronto professor to conduct fish censuses in small streams; being the park naturalist for Presqu’ile Provincial Park; leading bird hikes or teaching courses; as a fast sketch artist promoting interest in wildlife during 16 years of appearances on a nationally syndicated children’s television show; collecting for the Royal Ontario Museum and for the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Costa Rica; illustrating the reptiles and amphibians of the Toronto Zoo; illustrating a few scientific papers in various technical journals and participating in a fruitless search for the critically endangered, possibly extinct, Eskimo Curlew in historic migration sites in northern Newfoundland and Labrador. He has written several books about birds and numerous articles for print and internet publication.
Barry does not work out of our main office but can be reached through his e-mail.