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Roy Ivor, Windinglane Bird Sanctuary, Erindale
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Title: Roy Ivor, Windinglane Bird Sanctuary, Erindale
Identifier: MC0022
Date of Original Photo: ca 1970
Image Type: B&W Photo, 11x7.5 cm.
Subject: Ivor, Hance Roy, 1880-1979
Donor: Vito Stecca

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Description: A cedar waxwing eats from Roy Ivor's hand. Hance Roy Ivor, known as The Bird Man of Mississsauga, was born in Strathroy, Ontario on January 3, 1880. He grew up south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where at the age of 10 he was the first to discover the nest and eggs of the Richardson's merlin, or western pigeon hawk. Ivor's family moved to Toronto when he was 17, but after the death of his father he moved with his mother to a 40 acre property near Erindale. In 1928, aged 49, Ivor built Windinglane cottage, sold the family stone and marble business and dedicated his time to the study and care of native birds. He studied and worked, cared and lived with the birds for over fifty years. His intimate understanding of bluebirds, thrushes, hawks and other species led to articles in publications such as "The National Geographic Magazine" and in 1968, his book "I Live with Birds". Ivor's respect for the nature was legendary. His property, reduced over time to three acres, came to be called Windinglane Bird Sanctuary, later Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary. Visitors came from across the continent and included both researchers and local school children. Ivor died on December 10, 1979, shortly before turning 100, and was buried at St. Peterís Anglican Church in Erindale. Bernice Inman-Emery continued the work of the sanctuary for many years. She died in 2009.
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