After a whirlwind three weeks, the final week of which will remain hazy due to a combination of food poisoning and my phone falling into a river, my time in Madagascar has come to an end. Although my trip was chalk full of incredible wildlife and even more incredible...read more
There have seen a few great articles going around about backyard biologists who have, through time and dedication, brought species back from the brink. The California pipevine swallowtail is one example of how one man, Tim Wong, single handedly saved a species from...read more
By Genevieve Rowe, Lead Biologist, Native Pollinator Initiative Sometimes as biologists we get stuck at a desk or in a lab, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to get a few weeks out in the field searching for the animals we are most fond of, and if we’re especially...read more
Right off the bat, let's address the title of this field dispatch. The word Tortoise in French is tortue. The particular tortoise we'll be talking about here, the ploughshare, is known as angonoka in Malagasy. When I say, "tortoises need no translation," I was...read more
Greetings from Carden Ontario! The captive care of endangered eastern loggerhead shrikes has begun and we are beginning the year's second stage for the breeding and release recovery program for this songbird. Our juvenile birds arrived at our release aviaries here in...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.