Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Shrike Team was in a twitter earlier this month after receiving word that a loggerhead shrike was spotted at the tip of Port Weller East Pier in St. Catharines, Ontario. Birders flocked to the area when the shrike was first reported...
I am a physical geography student at the University of Fraser Valley, and joined Wildlife Preservation Canada to work with the western painted turtle recovery program in the area this season. We are looking for western painted turtles so we can monitor the health of...
Shopping carts, tires, a bed, broken tiles and car parts – everything but the kitchen sink! These were amongst the 1,218 kg of garbage and 220 kg of recycling - a whopping 1,428 kg in total - removed from the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve in southwestern...
Howdy, shrikes! Over six weeks from July through August, the WPC team welcomed 23 conservation-born eastern loggerhead shrikes, an endangered songbird, to their natural grassland habitat in Carden, ON. These shrikes were hatched out and raised by their parents at WPC...
The burrowing owl young in the Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program are nearly grown. A total of 28 young from five conservation-release nests were banded, weighed and had a small blood sample taken on July 22. The blood samples are taken to determine sex as...
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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’s research interests lie in the field of urban herpetology, having studied both biology and landscape architecture at the University of Guelph. Jonathan has authored or co-authored numerous reports and publications about the conservation of Canadian reptiles and amphibians in urban environments.
Lead Biologist – Native Pollinator Initiative
Sarah manages the native pollinator recovery programs across Canada. She is a native bee specialist, with an educational background in ecology and environmental science. Sarah has completed her MSc at York University, where she focused on native bee conservation in southern Ontario.
Conservation Outreach and Field Biologist – Native Pollinator Initiative
Tiffani joined WPC as a bumble bee conservation technician in 2017 and fell in love with the work. Since then, she has worked a variety of roles leading monitoring surveys, research projects, and community outreach both in Ontario and Alberta. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Toronto, focusing her studies on pollinators.
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.
Jane Spero (Hudecki), M.Sc.
Conservation Breeding Coordinator – Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Program
Jane holds a Master’s degree in Animal Biosciences from the University of Guelph, where she studied building collision injuries in migratory songbird species. Jane worked as a rehabilitation supervisor, where she was responsible for the care, treatment, and reintroduction of injured and orphaned wildlife, including many species at risk.
Hannah McCurdy-Adams (she/her)*
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.
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Canada’s New Noah and Species Conservation Planning Assistant – Canadian Species Initiative
Stephanie is the 31st Canada’s New Noah and is currently assisting the Canadian Species Initiative to build capacity for species conservation planning in Canada. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in conservation biology from Thompson Rivers University where she studied the impacts of road mortality on a threatened rattlesnake species. She has extensive experience working in conservation and research for species at risk reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds in Western Canada.
Hazel Wheeler (she/they)*
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.
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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.