Let me introduce myself. My name is Hannah McCurdy-Adams and I have joined Wildlife Preservation Canada as  Reptile and Amphibian Program Development Coordinator. I am a graduate from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Sciences and a Master of Science in Biology. My graduate research identified human influences on freshwater turtles and their nests through a partnership with the Saving Turtles at Risk Today (START) project and the Toronto Zoo.

My previous work included performing snake detection probability research with Blazing Star Environmental, surveying for turtles and incubating eggs that were laid in dangerous places with Canadian Wildlife Federation, and collecting genetic samples of chorus frogs with Environment and Climate Change Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service. Educating my colleagues and members of the public along the way has helped me encourage other people to become enthusiastic about conserving the wildlife around us. I volunteer for citizen science projects, like iNaturalist and eBird, by submitting my sightings of the fascinating wildlife I find. I enjoy herping (searching for wild reptiles and amphibians), swing dancing, and stitching in my spare time.

I’m excited to be working with Wildlife Preservation Canada to contribute to the conservation of at risk reptiles and amphibians.