Bob Hall Brooks has worked tirelessly on a diversity of projects throughout the Essex region for many, many years. Bob previously served as the President of the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory. His work in this capacity was been instrumental in helping to elevate the importance of this region as one of North America’s premier raptor sites. Certainly, no one can accuse Bob of having idle hands – he served as the ERCA liaison for the HBMO, is active with their fund-raising, constitution, awards, and site committees. He is also a licenced raptor and songbird bander and the HBMO’s only licenced Hummingbird bander. Bob is dedicated to educating school groups and serving as served as a mentor in helping other to achieve their licenses as well. The data collected by Bob and the HBMO is used internationally for important environmental research
For many years, Bob has been one of the dedicated volunteers for the Hawk Festival – even building the stage for the presentations that is still used to this day. Additionally, Bob is a key member of the Friends of Turkey Creek, and an active participant in the planning and implementation of treeplanting and stream cleanup activities in the Turkey Creek watershed. Bob continues to actively participate in the Detroit River cleanup initiative. His contributions have helped with wise decision making of project activities that are undertaken through this important Subcommittee that helps to improve the health of the Detroit River. Bob was previously recognized with a volunteer award for Conservation in 2001, and we are delighted to honour his lifelong efforts with this Conservation Champion Award.