Ross MacDonald has a BSc in Zoology and Environmental Studies and has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service and at a variety of Parks Canada properties, most recently at Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks. Before retiring in 2017, he established three permanent exhibits about the importance wildlife highway overpasses and underpasses to reconnect habitat.
Ross is energized by the historic linkages between humans and landscapes. He founded and co-chaired the International David Thompson Bicentennial initiative that recognized the fur trader, explorer and surveyor. The initiative spanned 4 years, 3 countries and resulted in hundreds of projects.
His volunteer activities have included board positions on the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partnership, Columbia River Greenways Alliance and the Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival which he currently chairs. In retirement Ross splits his time between the Upper Columbia Valley and his boat on Vancouver Island.
Ross chose to settle in the Columbia Valley, drawn by the vistas, the wildlife, its history; and the fact that the valley has more kindred spirits per square kilometre than any place he has discovered so far.
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