Shirley Grondin has never been afraid of getting dirty! She has been an active member of the Friends of Turkey Creek for close to 10 years, and is has been a dedicated participant in cleaning up the creek and tending to the Turkey Creek native plant garden. Shirley has also been a member of the Essex County Field Naturalists Club since the mid-1990s. On behalf of the Club, she is part of the team that works tirelessly in maintaining the Shaughnessy-Cohen Woods on Pelee Island. She has been a member of the Friends of Ojibway since its beginning in 1993. Shirley is a core member of the group, very passionate and committed to prairie restoration – and boy, has she pulled her share of invasive garlic mustard!
Shirley has also devoted her time and expertise to a wide variety of citizen science monitoring programs, including Frogwatch, Marsh Monitoring Program, Christmas Bird Count, annual butterfly count, Breeding Bird Atlas, and many others. In her spare time, Shirley is an avid hiker, birdwatcher, kayaker, and canoeist. For her longstanding and continued dedication to protecting and preserving our local environmental treasures, we are delighted to honour her as a Conservation Champion.