|Born||William Henry Butler
25 March 1930
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Alma mater||Claremont Teachers College
Western State College
|Known for||Environmentalism, songwriting|
|Television||In the Wild – ABC Television|
William Henry "Harry" Butler AO CBE (born 25 March 1930) is an Australian naturalist and environmental consultant. He is a populariser of science and natural history for both child and adult audiences and, as conservation consultant to the Barrow Island oilfield and many other projects, has played a major role in environmental conservation and restoration in Australia. He presented the popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation television series In the Wild. He also authored the books In The Wild, In the Wild (Part II) and Looking at the Wild.
In 1968, he participated in the fifth of the Harold Hall Australian ornithological collecting expeditions. He has lectured, and been honoured, at museums in Western Australia, Canada, and the United States. Butler is a supporter of development projects such as mining, working with corporations and state governments as an environmental consultant. He co-wrote the UK Top Ten music hit "Sun Arise" with fellow Western Australian Rolf Harris.
In 1993, he was awarded a cash prize for his 30 years of work with the petroleum industry.
On 11 June 2012, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to the community through the promotion of public understanding of natural history and wildlife conservation, to the development of collaborative environmental partnerships with industry, and to the community."
- Australian of the Year Awards: Harry Butler CBE, 1979 (2006). Retrieved on 4 December 2007.
- "Butler, William Henry (1930 – )". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- It's an Honout: OBE
- It's an Honour: CBE
- Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5.
- "Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia – The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours Lists". Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 11 June 2012. p. 5.
- Raven, Robert; Marshall, Tracey. "A spider honours list?". Staff publications. University of Queensland. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- "Pseudechis". kingsnake.com. 1998. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
- McCarthy, G.J (4 December 2006). "Butler, William Henry (1930 – )". Bright Sparcs Biographical entry. The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). Retrieved 4 December 2007. "Butler was an honorary associate of the Western Australian Museum and the American Museum of Natural History."
- Robyn Williams (presenter) (27 July 2006). "Harry Butler". In Conversation. ABC – Radio National. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
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|Australian of the Year Award
Served alongside: Senator Neville Bonner