Jane searching for sea stars on the shores of Halifax!

Welcome to my very first blog post! My name is Jane Hudecki and I am incredibly excited to join Wildlife Preservation Canada as the Shrike Conservation Breeding Coordinator, where I’ll be working with the recovery team on the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program in Ontario. A little bit about me: I’m a graduate from the University of Guelph, with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Master’s degree in Animal Biosciences. My graduate research involved partnering with Toronto Wildlife Centre and Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada to study building collision injuries in migratory songbirds.

Jane with a common snapping turtle

Before joining the team at Wildlife Preservation Canada I worked as a nature interpreter for Royal Botanical Gardens, where I spent my days out on the trails teaching school groups about biodiversity, species at risk and citizen science. Before my time there I worked as a rehabilitation supervisor at Toronto Wildlife Centre, where I was responsible for the care, treatment, and reintroduction of injured and orphaned wildlife, which included many species at risk. I’ve since spent much of my free time volunteering in the field, banding migratory hawks and songbirds at Thunder Cape Bird Observatory. On my days off you can find me hiking though conservation areas, looking for birds!

I’m so lucky to join a wonderful organization that shares my passion for species at risk conservation, and I can’t wait to get started. This team certainly shrikes my fancy!