Gillingwater Receives National Herpetological Award (media release, February 1, 2018)
Feb 28, 2018 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is proud to announce that Scott Gillingwater has recently been recognized by the Canadian Herpetological Society with the E.B.S. Logier Communications Award. Scott has been a Species at Risk Biologist with the UTRCA for more than 20 years.
Scott Gillingwater and Alistair MacKenzie, Natural Heritage Education & Resource Management Supervisor with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Parks, were recognized for their Photo Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario (published by the St. Thomas Field Naturalists).
Scott Gillingwater said, “My initial hope for such a book was to cover off all of Ontario’s known species and to showcase the beauty and often varied colours and patterns seen in our herpetofauna.” Scott continued, “Since its release, I have been extremely happy to see it used by all kinds of folks, from naturalists and scientists, to consultants and educators, as well as those just curious about the world around them.”
The E.B.S. Logier Communications Award is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of a significant contribution to the conservation of, or research into, amphibians and reptiles in Canada, through hard-copy, digital or other means of text-based or visual communication.
The Photo Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario is available for $15 through the St. Thomas Field Naturalists (phone: 519-773-8768).
Scott Gillingwater works with numerous reptiles at risk in Ontario, but is best known for his ongoing recovery efforts of the endangered Spiny Softshell Turtle throughout the Thames watershed.