Jonathan Choquette

Jonathan Choquette

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.

Andrea Gielens

Andrea Gielens

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.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Lead Biologist – Native Pollinator Initiative
Based out of Calgary, Sarah manages the native pollinator recovery programs across Canada. Sarah has experience from both the pollinator and the plant perspective – her undergraduate research studied bumble bee wing wear, and her master’s thesis examined wildflower reproduction in the Rocky Mountains.

Hazel Wheeler

Hazel Wheeler

Lead Biologist – Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program
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.

Grace Pitman

Grace Pitman

Carden Shrike Biologist – Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program
Grace monitors the wild shrike population in Carden, and cares for the captive-hatched juveniles before their release. Grace has always been passionate about the environment and recently completed a MSc in Ecology from the University of Guelph, investigating egg-laying patterns of monarch butterflies on milkweed.

Jennifer Barden

Jennifer Barden

Lead Reptile Recovery Technician – OPRREC
After living in Southern Ontario for most of her life, Jennifer moved to British Columbia and had the opportunity to work with the northern pacific rattlesnake in the South Okanagan, BC. This year she is back in Ontario working with the eastern massasauga rattlesnake as part of the OPRREC field team.

Kaitlyn Hall

Kaitlyn Hall

Reptile Recovery Technician – OPRREC
Kaitlyn previously worked for the reptile education center Scales Nature Park and their START freshwater turtle projects in Muskoka and Simcoe County. In 2017 she worked as a reptile recovery field intern for the OPRREC program and is returning this season as a field technician.