As Jessica, our Conservation Programs Director, so eloquently outlined in her piece titled, The Science of the Seasons, spring has been slowly creeping across Ontario this year, but thanks to some of our heartier more reliable plant species, our bumble bee queens have...read more
Thoughts from a field biologist: I consider myself very lucky to have a job that keeps me active. In the winter season, when the frogs and butterflies are hibernating and only the turtles are awake, I sit at my desk a lot more, but in the summer I am on my feet all...read more
By Lance Woolaver Jr.Earlier this month, 355 of the world’s leading scientists at the United Nations completed a comprehensive 1000+ page Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and while there are reasons for hope, I am sorry to say that the...read more
Our field staff on Vancouver Island just sent word that we have the first Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly eggs of the season! The cluster of small yellow eggs were laid by a wild-caught female on plantain plants in our temporary field enclosures. She’ll be...read more
Greetings from Carden, Ontario! The Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program is back in action, and even though it got off to a slow start this season (so much rain!), things are finally starting to come together. The month has been busy, as I’m all by myself until...read more
The Science of the Seasons By Jessica Steiner While the first day of spring was officially March 20, the weather has remained unpredictable in many parts of Canada. In southern Ontario, where I live, it has been hard to decide what clothes to...read more
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Jonathan ChoquetteLead 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.
Acting Lead Biologist – Fraser Valley Wetlands Program
Maja focused her career and Master’s thesis on captive wildlife, specifically big cats in captivity, until Andrea Gielens brought her over to the world of reptiles and amphibians. While Andrea is on leave, Maja will be leading the Oregon spotted frog, Western painted turtle and Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly recovery programs.
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.
Hazel WheelerLead 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.
Alberta Program Coordinator – Native Pollinator initiative
Tiffani graduated from York University in environmental management. She is passionate about pollinator conservation and working with species at risk. Tiffani first became involved with Wildlife Preservation Canada’s work as a bumble bee conservation technician. Tiffani now manages the bumble bee citizen science and research programs in Alberta at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
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.
Conservation Breeding Coordinator – Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Program
Andrea Gielens(On leave) 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.
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.
Lead Reptile Recovery Technician – Ojibway Prairie Reptile Recovery
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.