Ian Shanahan


A Renaissance Man with a wide range of passions, Ian is first and foremost a naturalist. Since childhood, he has honed his craft through his endless natural curiosity, which began with birds, before expanding to all areas of natural history. This passion has led him to experiences as a nature and heritage interpreter, an international nature tour guide, a biological surveyor, a nature artist, and a nature writer.

Across 13 seasons with Ontario Parks, Ian worked as a naturalist at Presqu’ile for eight years, a Species at Risk surveyor at Charleston Lake for one year, and a naturalist at Algonquin for four years, the last of which was spent backfilling as the coordinator of Algonquin’s renowned interpretive program. Concurrently, he completed his BAH and then his BEd.

Ian has been actively involved with the Ontario Field Ornithologists for many years in various capacities, including co-editor of the newsletter OFO News. He is now the editor of the environmental education magazine Green Teacher. 

Ian is a Brighton native and has recently moved back to town where he and his family plan to settle.   

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