Shanahan was exposed to the natural world from the very beginning alongside his
father Don. The moment that truly hooked him, however, came at age 12 when a
Peregrine Falcon whizzed by him and his dad at top speed on the beach at
Presqu’ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario.
Ian's formal education in the arts and education was interspersed with working as an interpretive naturalist at Presqu’ile and Algonquin Provincial Parks over 13 seasons where his interest in birds spread to other winged creatures and all aspects of the natural world. He also served as Senior Park Naturalist at Algonquin where he coordinated the Park's long-standing education program.
Ian leads nature tours across southern Ontario, including two annual birding outings with the Ontario Field Ornithologists. He has also just assumed the position of co-editor of OFO's long-standing tri-annual publication OFO News.
With Quest Nature Tours, Ian leads group tours to destinations including the Canadian Arctic, the Bay of Fundy, Hudson Bay, the Prairies, Iceland, the Galápagos Islands, and Costa Rica.
The spring bird migration through southern Ontario has always been a source of inspiration and wonder, and Ian can't wait to share it with you!