MANDURAH’S very own wildlife warrior has died at the age of 55.
Craig Lester had been battling cancer for some time and died in hospital on Monday.
A founding member of Mandurah Seabird Rescue, he was a local icon and tireless volunteer, saving injured birds, particularly pelicans, and picking up litter left by other people.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said Mr Lester was a passionate advocate and rescuer of local birdlife, particularly seabirds.
“He was regularly seen through our estuarine and coastal systems rescuing and rehabilitating seabirds that had been entangled in fishing lines impaled on hooks or tangled in netting,’’ he said.
“Craig loved our ospreys, pelicans, sea eagles and gulls and was a true conservationist.
“He will be sadly missed by the many people who valued the work he did in our community.”
Mr Lester leaves his parents, one brother and two sisters.