Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
Award-Winning Interpreter Among Us in Murphys Point

With another busy summer season with programs about to begin in parks across the province, we wanted to profile one of our award-winning staff members.

Earlier this spring, Mark Read, senior naturalist at Murphys Point Provincial Park, won the Sandy McBeath Award for Outstanding Seasonal Performer. This honor is presented annually by the National Interpreting Association to an interpreter in the Great Lakes Region.

An international career

Mark began working as a park ranger in the early 1990s at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Center in his native United Kingdom. He later worked as a wildlife guide, science teacher, biodiversity field researcher, educational advisor and ecotourism teacher in Thailand, Egypt and the United Kingdom. and Nepal before immigrating to Canada a few years ago.

Mark Read as Foreman Thompson during a Silver Queen Mine open house (Sundays at Murphys Point in July and August)

Since 2015, Mark has shared his passion for natural and cultural heritage at Murphys Point.

An obsessive bird watcher (is there any other type?)

Mark’s passion for bird watching has expanded to include odonates (dragonflies/damselflies) and moths. Having identified over 450 species of moths at Murphys Point over the last few yearsMark shares his discoveries at weekly moth nights.

Mark coordinated the local school bioblitzes in Murphys Point this year. Stay tuned for updates on the findings!

With live traps set up at a comfort station, Mark invites night swim-goers to discover the amazing diversity of nocturnal flying insects. One camper commented:

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“…we went to the comfort station the night of the moths and then returned the next morning to see which moths had entered the trap. My son is eight years old and the presentation sparked his interest in moths. All the way back to the store he talked about the moths. He’s not an early riser, but he took me to the comfort station at 7am, so we wouldn’t miss it. We have taken some moth photographs since then and are looking forward to starting a scrapbook and researching these moths. Thank you very much for the opportunity to expose my children to nature.”

A little about Marcos

Mark loves Marmite, “real football” and is always in a great mood. His personality, his incredible naturalistic skills, and his passion for revealing the diversity of nature shine through in his interpretive programs.

Mark leading a night nature walk at Murphys Point

When he’s not looking for birds, moths or dragonflies, you might find Mark leading one of the fantastic interpretive programs at Murphys Point.

We are lucky to have it. Congratulations on the award, Marcos!