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.

As this is a developing situation, we will continue to communicate any updates or changes on our website and social media channels.

Please, take the very best of care of yourselves, your families, and each other. We are all in this together and we each have our role to play.

Warmly,

Lance Woolaver Jr.
Executive Director, Wildlife Preservation Canada

For comment about Wildlife Preservation Canada’s response to COVID-19, please get in touch at 1-519-836-9314 or lance.woolaver@wildlifepreservation.ca