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Conversations for Conservation – From Birder to Birder Murder: The Mystery Deepens

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Environmental issues and conservation themes are central to all the Birder Murder Mysteries, and they are often featured elements in the plots. Steve’s research for the books has led him to explore conservation initiatives both on a local and an international scale, taking him to remote and protected conservation areas around the world.

Where: rare Slit Barn, 768 Blair Road
When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Steve Burrows first began exploring nature in the urban parks of his childhood home in Birmingham, UK. After emigrating to Canada, he earned degrees from York University and Dalhousie University before relocating to Hong Kong, where he earned a Master’s degree from the University of Hong Kong. As a contributing field editor with Asian Geographic, Steve travelled to destinations such as Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea, to cover stories on everything from gibbons to silk villages to seahorses. His freelance articles on travel, writing, and environmental issues have appeared in publications around the world, including BBC Wildlife (UK), from whom he received a Nature Writer of the Year award. Steve’s first work of fiction, A Siege of Bitterns, won the Crime Writers of Canada award for Best First Novel, and was selected as one of the Globe & Mail’s Top 100 Books of the Year.

Steve has visited all seven continents and in Summer 2023, he was invited to join Adventure Canada as an onboard naturalist and guest author on their cruises to Iceland and Greenland. The eighth title in the Birder Murder mystery series, A Nye of Pheasants, was published this April, and work is currently underway on his next opus. Steve lives in Oshawa, Ontario with his wife and muse, Resa,

Steve will have all nine titles available for sale and signature for $20 each (taxes included). Cash, debit, and credit will be accepted.


rare Charitable Research Reserve
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rare Slit Barn
768 Blair Road
Cambridge, Ontario Canada
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FYIxON guided hike at Cedarvale, Nature Guardians Community Science activity © Melina Damian

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