David B. Wingate

Bermudian ornithologist

David Balcombe Wingate OBE (born October 11, 1935, in Bermuda) is an ornithologist, naturalist and conservationist.

Dr. David B. Wingate

In 1951 he and Robert Cushman Murphy and Louis S. Mowbray found the Bermuda petrel, also called a cahow.[1] The bird species was thought to be extinct since the 1620s. The discovery inspired him to study Zoology at Cornell University. When he returned to Bermuda 1958, he began work to save the cahow.[2] He went on to become the Conservation Officer for the Bermuda Government Parks Department from 1966 to his retirement in 2000.

He was credited with rediscovering the black-capped petrel in Haiti in 1963.[3]

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  1. Hale, W.G. (June 1, 2016). "Sacred Ibis: The Ornithology of Canon Henry Baker Tristram, DD, FRS". Sarcristy Press. p. 17. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. "David Wingate and the Rescue of the Cahow". Bird Note. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. Wingate, David B. (April 1964). "Discovery of Breeding Black-Capped Petrels on Hispaniola". American Ornithological Society. Retrieved 14 September 2017.