Wayne Campbell has worked to give British Columbians an unparalleled insight into the hundreds of bird species in our province. His lifelong passion for birds has also been his life’s work.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he graduated from the University of Victoria in 1976 and received his M.Sc. from the University of Washington in 1983.
After graduation he joined the staff of the University of British Columbia as Curator of the Cowan Vertebrate Museum in the Department of Zoology.
For almost 20 years, Wayne Campbell has been the Curator of Ornithology at the Royal British Columbia Museum where he conducted wildlife inventories of remote areas of the province including the first complete census of breeding seabird colonies.
Since the early seventies, Wayne Campbell has spoken to naturalist groups in almost every B.C. community to impress upon them the importance of their contributions to the knowledge of the birds of our province.
He has written more than 300 scientific and popular articles, reports and books on higher vertebrates, the best known being Birds of British Columbia, for which he was one of the six co-authors.
Rather than relying strictly on data from scientists, Birds of British Columbia is the work of 5,000 provincial bird watchers and amateur naturalists.
Wayne Campbell’s hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm for birds has expanded and enriched a valuable body of knowledge.