by Sherri Wretham, 23 April 2009
Dr. Richard Mackie is an award-winning author and historian from Victoria. He worked as an archaeologist for a number of universities and museums, studied mediaeval and modern European history at St. Andrews University, and studied Canadian history and historical geography at the universities of Victoria and British Columbia.
Combining his passion for history with his interest in natural history, he spoke about how House sparrows, Eurasian skylarks, Starlings and other species have adapted to life in coastal British Columbia.
And about how some other introduced songbirds, such as the lovely English Robin, did not – despite valiant efforts!