Christian Artuso

My passion for birds was ignited when my family moved from Montréal to Sydney, Australia when I was an infant. The childhood experiences that I most remember include things like feeding Rainbow Lorikeets by hand, sneaking up on Superb Lyrebirds and furtively climbing scaffolding to enjoy eye-level views of Gang-gang Cockatoos. After many years of drifting and traveling, I discovered my talent for languages and earned a BA Honours in Mandarin and then an MA in linguistics, writing my thesis on Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). My childhood passion was rekindled while teaching languages in Singapore, where I finally had the means to dust off an adolescent dream and buy a camera with a second-hand telephoto lens. One of the first birds I photographed with this camera were the last two remaining White-bellied Woodpeckers on the island of Singapore and the process of having to submit documentation and the new community I found as a result set me on a whirlwind, life-changing course that ultimately led to completing a Ph.D in Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba, where my thesis examined how Eastern Screech-Owls are affected by human population density.

I joined Bird Studies Canada in April 2008 and quickly got down to designing and rolling out a survey for Golden-winged Warbler in Manitoba. More recently I have begun coordinating the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas. I also sit on the board of Nature Manitoba, am involved with the Manitoba Avian Records Committee (MARC), lead bird outings and participate in numerous bird surveys. To date, I have published 7 peer-reviewed articles on Manitobas avifauna and recently received the Cliff Shaw Award for outstanding contributions to the Blue Jay. I am passionate about conservation and committed to public outreach, regularly giving presentations at venues ranging from schools to scientific conferences. Of course, I still love traveling and wildlife photography and have photographed over 2100 species of birds, including many published photos. My website is and I keep a wildlife blog at




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