A young western rattlesnake, Crotalus oreganus. Photo: Connor Long Welcome to another installation of our Urban Vipers series! In this blog, we’ll be discussing the population of western rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus) living in and around Osoyoos, British Columbia,...
The adult burrowing owls have been hard at work these past several weeks, incubating and raising their young. We have had the pleasure of watching 28 burrowing owl young grow from tiny 8 gram white fluff balls to 130-140 gram wide-eyed young owls. Burrowing owls are...
Eastern loggerhead shrike. Photo: Larry Kirtley Hello from WPC's Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program in Carden, Ontario, where we have been surveying for this endangered songbird, looking for returned shrikes, checking for bands, and locating nests. We’ve...
From June 26th till 29th, the province of British Columbia experienced its hottest summer. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy confirmed that this was a record-breaking weather temperature, and it was the hottest week of the summer. The maximum...
"An integrative, multi-stakeholder approach to species conservation planning, which includes population viability analyses and both in situ and ex situ management consideration, could improve outcomes for some of the most challenging cases." A new study led by the...
Hello from the loggerhead shrike core area in Napanee, Ontario. After surveying 112 sites across the Greater Napanee area, the research intern and I have located 11 breeding pairs of this endangered songbird, which produced approximately 31 fledglings so far. All but...
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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 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.
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.