While the human world is still reeling from the “new normal” of living through a pandemic, the eastern loggerhead shrikes on the Carden Alvar are having a very unusual year in several different ways. WPC has been breeding and releasing endangered loggerhead shrike to...
Since 2012, WPC has been working to save western painted turtles from disappearing in British Columbia. The only other species of native freshwater turtle in BC, the northern pacific pond turtle, has already disappeared from Canada, while the western painted turtle...
~ Eliza-Jane Morin joined WPC's Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program as the Napanee summer field biologist. She reports on her first few weeks.~ Despite the world's pause, wildlife has carried on as usual. The eastern loggerhead shrike is no exception. Although...
The Ojibway Prairie Complex and Greater Park Ecosystem is one of the most biodiverse locations in Ontario, with several species of flora and fauna not present elsewhere in Canada. Despite this, the majority of land that was once diverse tallgrass prairie has since...
Alisa Samuelson is this season’s biologist in the Carden, ON area with the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Team. Alisa was the seasonal Carden area biologist in 2017, and returns to WPC after spending a few years travelling across North America working on various...
by Genevieve Rowe Our Native Pollinator Initiative is fortunate to work in several of Canada’s provinces, each with their own set of species, landscapes, and conservation challenges. Our team has spent the past three bumble bee seasons at Glenbow Ranch Provincial...
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Lead Biologist – Ojibway Prairie Reptile Recovery Program
Jonathan manages the recovery program for the Ojibway population of the massasauga rattlesnake in Southern Ontario. Jonathan is a habitat expert, studying both biology and landscape architecture at the University of Guelph. As an academic for many years, Jonathan has published numerous articles about the importance of habitat for reptiles and amphibians.
Reptile and Amphibian Program Development Coordinator
Hannah is developing the national reptile and amphibian initiative for Wildife Preservation Canada. She has worked with experts in the fields of road ecology, physiology, and genetics. Hannah has been involved in conservation projects for at-risk reptiles and amphibians in Canada for almost a decade.
Ontario Program Coordinator – Native Pollinator Initiative
Hayley has worked for the Native Pollinator Initiative in a variety of roles since 2016, and has had a passion for bumble bees ever since. Currently, she is completing a Master of Science degree at the University of Guelph, and is excited to be working as the Ontario Program Coordinator for the Native Pollinator Initiative.
Lead Biologist – Fraser Valley Wetland Recovery Program
Andrea manages our captive breeding and release programs for the Oregon spotted frog and the coastal western painted turtle. Andrea has studied at-risk reptiles and amphibians in Canada and abroad, including a term at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey. Andrea also manages the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly recovery program on Denman Island in BC.
Conservation Breeding Coordinator – Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Program
Napanee Field Biologist – Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Program
Eliza has been working in the field of avian conservation for over 5 years. Her work experiences have brought her from the Peruvian Amazon to the prairies of Southern Alberta. Most recently, she completed a Master’s degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management in Iceland.
Lead Biologist – Native Pollinator Initiative
Genevieve manages the native pollinator recovery programs across Canada. She has worked with renowned experts in the fields of pollinator ecology, taxonomy and systematics, and has taken part in various species at-risk monitoring and recovery programs, both nationally and internationally.
Endangered Species Technician – Fraser Valley Wetlands Wildlife, Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery
Michelle was born and raised in Alberta where she graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She recently made the move to BC to continue to pursue her dream of being a conservation biologist. She is very excited to be working on the Fraser Valley wetlands wildlife recovery team as well as with the native pollinators team.
Endangered Species Techician – Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Michelle is a Conservation Biologist and Field Naturalist with a special interest in Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and Herpetiles (reptiles and amphibians). Currently, she is the technician of WPC’s Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly program in Abbotsford, BC. She has worked with conservation projects for species at risk such as monarch butterflies and the turtles of Ontario.
Hazel manages all aspects of our shrike recovery program, from captive breeding and release, field surveys, and landowner relationships in Ontario, to building partnerships with shrike researchers in the US to work towards species recovery throughout North America. Hazel has been working with at-risk birds for over a decade, including a Master’s degree studying the habitat of the chimney swift.
Lead Field Technician, Ojibway Prairie Reptile Recovery Project
Matt is currently finishing up his Master’s degree in Biology at Queen’s University where he has been working on developing and improving conservation strategies for gray ratsnakes. Over the years he has worked on several different conservation projects primarily focusing on reptile, bird, and insect species-at-risk both in Canada and abroad.
Carden BIologist - Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Program
Alisa is a conservation ornithologist specializing in loggerhead shrike and has returned to Carden after a season with WPC in 2017. She has worked with endangered avian species across North America from James Bay to Southern California, where she spent most of 2019 working with the island endemic San Clemente loggerhead shrike. Alisa is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University researching the genetics of migratory urge in loggerhead shrike under the supervision of Dr. Amy Chabot and Prof. Vicki Friesen.