Remembering Dr. Bill Freedman
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) dedicated one of its key conservation areas to honour a Halifax man and long-time NCC volunteer. The 372 acres (151 hectares) at Prospect High Head will now be known as the Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve.
Dr. Bill Freedman (known as “Dr. Bill” to many) passed away from an aggressive form of cancer in September 2015. He left behind his wife, George-Anne Merrill, children, Jonathan and Rachael, and grandchild, Luthien.
Before his passing, Dr. Bill retired as an ecologist and former Chair of the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, where he continued to serve as professor emeritus. He also volunteered for more than 25 years with NCC. Dr. Bill served as National Board Chair from 2008 to 2009 and also as Atlantic Board Chair.
In 2012, Dr. Bill authored a book on the 50-year history of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
NCC protected Prospect High Head for its important coastal barrens and coastal forest. The coastline at Prospect High Head is used by a variety of sea ducks, including harlequin duck, black scoter and long-tailed duck.
NCC also announced a Science-In-Conservation Internship in Freedman’s name, to be awarded annually to a student at Dalhousie University. A respected professor and academic, Freedman authored more than 100 refereed scientific papers and publications.