Sarah Rupert has been birding her entire life, beginning at two and a half months of age. At three, she received her first pair of binoculars, and she credits her Dad, a well known birder, as being her birding mentor, and in honouring his memory and legacy, she has been and continues to be a birding mentor to many others – introducing them to birding, or helping those established to hone their skills.
Sarah was able to evolve her passion for birding and the environment into her career, and has been working at Point Pelee National Park for over fourteen years, where she currently serves as the interpretation coordinator for the park. You’ve often seen Sarah on TV or heard her on the radio, sharing important environmental information with our community. She also acts as the regional editor for Ontario’s Christmas Bird Counts, and is an active member of the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, volunteering as a hawk counter and aiding with the marketing and communications for the organization.
Prior to moving to Essex County, she lived in Sarnia, where she was heavily involved with Lambton Wildlife Incorporated and served as President. She co-founded the Young Naturalists club, the youth branch of the organization. Since moving to our region, she’s been a member of the Essex Stewardship network, a key member of and advisor to our regional birding committee, amongst many other volunteer duties. For her passion for birding and nature, her commitment to lighting that spark in others, and sharing her knowledge and expertise with our local community to enhance the region as a birding destination, we recognize Sarah Rupert as a Conservation Champion.