For comment about how our organization is responding to COVID-19, please get in touch at 1-519-836-9314 or lance.woolaver@wildlifepreservation.ca

Current statement on COVID-19

Guelph, ON (May 29, 2020)

I sincerely hope that you and your families are safe and well.  At the same time, I hope you are enjoying the return of wildlife, the sunshine of spring and the promise of summer.

I wanted to provide you with an update on how Wildlife Preservation Canada is moving forward to fulfill our mission to save Canada’s endangered species from extinction during this time of uncertainty.  

Since March, the team here has been working diligently from home, advancing our conservation projects, and planning for the moment when our health authorities and governments provide the approval and appropriate safety guidelines to restart field work.

An update on what we are doing:

  • With the reopening of many businesses and outdoor activities in provinces across the country, we are beginning to see opportunities for restarting some of our highest-impact, lowest-risk field activities on a case-by-case basis. WPC staff are eager and relieved to be able to proceed with many of our core field-based projects during the weeks ahead.
  • We will adjust these field activities to conform with all government recommendations. Only those activities which allow us to follow all social distancing and health and safety protocols – as provided by our provincial and federal governments – will be considered. Fortunately, the very nature of our field work is that it is outdoors, in wide open spaces; this allows our staff to follow all current guidelines for restarting this work. 
  • We will be keeping abreast of the advice of our health authorities and will be prepared to modify our field work, whenever necessary. Our highest priority will always be to continue our essential conservation work, at the same time safeguarding the health of our staff, their families, and Canadians across the country.
  • Our dedicated animal keeper staff have been continuing to take care of and coordinate the management of the individual animals (i.e., butterflies, bumble bees, birds, snakes, turtles and frogs) necessary for the conservation breeding programs that will save them. These animals rely on us for their survival.
  • While our office remains closed, we continue to pick up mail, answer the phone, process much-needed donations, and keep things running smoothly. 

With your help, we have been able to fully support our staff as they have worked from home. Wildlife Preservation Canada continues to steadfastly support our staff as we adapt and pivot to carry out our critical work to save species from disappearing from Canada.

I will continue to communicate any further updates. Feel free to contact me at any time if you want more information or would like to talk to me about how we are moving ahead.  I would love to speak with you. 

Most importantly, continue to take the very best of care of yourselves and your families and keep in touch.

Lance Woolaver Jr.
Executive Director 

 

Previous statements on COVID-19

Guelph, ON (April 17, 2020)

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s top priority is to continue our essential conservation work while at the same time safeguarding the health of our staff, their families, and Canadians across the country.

We are absolutely committed to doing everything we possibly can to slow the spread of the coronavirus to reduce the burden on our health care system and protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.

At the same time, we continue to fully support our staff as they work from home. Together with our supporters, our staff are the most important resource we have. Wildlife Preservation Canada will steadfastly support them through this time of uncertainty.

An update on what we are doing:

We are nearing the end of the temporary 4-week suspension of field work activities that we had initially decided upon in March. As government recommendations are extending states of emergency, WPC will continue to suspend all non-critical field work, all public outreach events, and all citizen science activities that require travel until further notice. However, conservation work is continuing with the following adjustments.

  • Our teams are contingency planning for returning to the field at different times throughout the year so that as soon our provincial and federal health authorities say it is safe for us to restart these activities, we will be ready to do so.
  • Our dedicated animal keepers continue to take care of and coordinate the management of the individual animals (butterflies, bumble bees, birds, snakes, turtles and frogs) that are necessary for the conservation breeding programs that will save them. These animals rely on us for their survival.
  • Critical animal rescue activities needed to ensure that Canadian populations do not disappear continue to be assessed and carried out on a case by case basis. Only activities that are very low risk and allow staff to follow all social distancing recommendations as provided by our provincial and federal governments will be considered.
  • Staff and partners are meeting regularly via videoconference to keep our wildlife conservation projects moving forward. As an example, just this past week our staff have been helping to lead cross-border virtual workshops with more than 20 partners from Canada and the U.S., to coordinate conservation efforts for the loggerhead shrike across its North American range.
  • Our office has been closed for a few weeks now and will remain closed. However, we continue to pick up mail, answer the phone, and process much-needed donations, to keep things running smoothly.

It is times like these, when our collective resolve is challenged, that I have been able to personally appreciate just how committed and dedicated our team is here at Wildlife Preservation Canada. I am very proud of the way they have identified priority work that they can do from home to make us an even stronger organization, better equipped than before to fulfill our mission to save Canadian species from extinction.

Lance Woolaver Jr.
Executive Director

Guelph, ON (March 20, 2020)

After much thought and careful consideration, Wildlife Preservation Canada has decided how best we can continue with our essential conservation work while at the same time safeguarding the health of our teams, their families, and Canadians across the country.

We have decided that Wildlife Preservation Canada will temporarily suspend all of our field work and our staff will be working remotely from home, for at least the next 4 weeks.

We are committed to doing our utmost to slow the spread of the coronavirus and ‘flatten the curve’ to reduce the burden on our health care system and protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.

What we are doing:

  • Our dedicated animal keeper staff will continue to take care of and coordinate the management of the animals (butterflies, bumble bees, birds, snakes, turtles and frogs) that rely on us for survival.
  • Our biologists will continue to work as hard as ever from home offices, advancing our wildlife conservation efforts, submitting grant proposals, planning field work, and communicating (virtually) with colleagues and partners. These are all priority activities that we have identified will make us even stronger in our ability to save Canadian species from extinction so that once we are able to get back out into the field we will be as effective as ever.
  • All work-related travel and group meetings has been postponed. We have already become adept at holding virtual meetings, and finding ways to effectively communicate, support each other, and be productive without having to hold meetings in-person.
  • All outreach activities and events are postponed until the moment in time that our government’s health authorities advise it is OK to start them up again.
  • While our field and administrative staff are now all working from home, if they have to venture out they will be following strict “social distancing” protocols.
  • Our office has been closed to all except a skeletal staff that will be continuing to process donations, answer the phone, pick up mail, and keep things running smoothly while taking appropriate precautions.

Rest assured that Wildlife Preservation Canada remains as committed as ever to our conservation work and to being Canada’s last defense for endangered species.

Lance Woolaver Jr.
Executive Director, Wildlife Preservation Canada