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Birds Canada Leadership Team

Steven Price

Steven Price

President

Email: sprice@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 116
More About Steven

I never lost my childhood interest in nature, enjoying birding, fishing and other outdoor activities at cottages and Boy Scouts. I recall my mother proudly showing our surprised family 36 Cedar Waxwings in our Flowering Crab-apple trees!  At the University of Toronto, I was fortunate to participate in the institution’s first-ever ‘environmental’ course, and dove into ecology and evolution.  That led to a summer job charting decades of bird diaries of James L. Baillie, who had been a bird expert at the Royal Ontario Museum and inspiration for the Great Canadian Birdathon.  I’ve worked nearly four decades in the conservation movement, starting with WWF-Canada, then joining the board of the Long Point Bird Observatory, and in 2014, becoming President of Birds Canada, now operating as ‘Birds Canada’.

Sean Lindsay

Sean Lindsay

Vice-President, Finance and Adminstration & CFO

Email: slindsay@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 161
More about Sean
Kyla Makela

Kyla Makela

Vice-President, Public Support

Email: kmakela@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 113
More about Kyla

I grew up exploring the shores of Lake Huron on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. My experience in the charitable sector began 20 years ago while coordinating school-based wildlife education programs in South Florida. During this time, I was grateful to work with hundreds of different wildlife species and with thousands of youth. Later, while working as a director at a wildlife hospital, I discovered I could help our environment the most by helping to raise much-needed funding. I joined Birds Canada in 2012 and everyday I am inspired by our dedicated supporters and my expert colleagues. I now also have the great joy of introducing my son to the birds we see and hear around us.

Silke Nebel, Ph.D.

Silke Nebel, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Conservation and Science

Email: snebel@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext.163
More about Silke

I oversee Birds Canada’s bird monitoring and conservation programs across the country. Prior to joining Birds Canada in 2018, I ran a science communication business and worked as a research grant writer at Western University. Before moving to London, Ontario, I worked out of research institutes in Canada, Panama, the Netherlands, and Australia. I hold a Ph.D. in Biology and have published over 30 peer-reviewed papers on my research, mainly on ecology of migratory birds. I have been involved with the Canadian Science Policy Conference since 2015, and have served on the Advisory Board of the London Institute for Public Policy and as the Chair of the Middlesex-London Food Policy Council.

Public Support Team

Jody Allair

Jody Allair

Director, Citizen Science and Community Engagement

Email: jallair@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 197
More about Jody
Yousif Attia

Yousif Attia

Christmas Bird Count Coordinator

Email: yattia@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 198
More about Yousif

Some of my fondest birding memories come from early days spent Christmas Bird Counting around my hometown of Calgary, Alberta.

Those early Christmas Bird Count (CBC) experiences continued later as I moved around British Columbia and Ontario. In fact, the CBC is such an infectious tradition, that it’s part of the reason I got into birds in the first place. Sure, CBCs are fun, but they are also a valuable tool. Counts conducted by Citizen Scientists contribute to a 120-year-old data set, and results are used to monitor trends in population sizes of birds, which can indicate overall environmental health. The perennial devotion of thousands of CBC volunteers, who brave often unforgiving conditions, is truly inspirational, and is the reason I’m certain that birds and the natural world are important to Canadians.

Liza Barney

Liza Barney

Education Program Coordinator

Email: lbarney@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5089
More about Liza

To conserve something, we need to have awareness and understanding, and – equally important – a spark of appreciation.

My joy comes from providing opportunities for authentic connections to nature through birds, and inspiring meaningful stewardship and conservation action. I collaborate with a passionate team of scientists, educators, and community partners, all keen to bring engaging bird-focused programming and Citizen Science to K-12 students, youth and families in schools and communities across Canada. My career ambitions, and teaching practices, are rooted in science, but very much fueled by curiosity and the magic of birds and nature.

Lynn Batty

Lynn Batty

Member Services Assistant

Email: lbatty@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 122
Kate Dalgleish

Kate Dalgleish

Director, Membership and Annual Giving

Email: kdalgleish@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 174
More about Kate

While I’ve worked in fundraising, supporting various organizations and causes for several years, I’ve always had the greatest passion for birds, wildlife and the environment. I was raised to have a deep respect and love for the natural world. I’m an avid camper, hiker, paddler and general lover of the outdoors. My fondest memories are bird outings with my parents and grandparents. I’m thrilled to contribute to the invaluable work done by Birds Canada in conserving wild birds of Canada so that future generations can experience the joy of birding.

Kris Dobney

Kris Dobney

Member Services Specialist

Email: kdobney@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 121
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Ruth Friendship-Keller

Ruth Friendship-Keller

Director, Communications

Email: rfriendshipkeller@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 111
More about Ruth

I always enjoyed seeing Barn Swallows, Goldfinches and Red-winged Blackbirds on the farm where I grew up.

My hope is to help Birds Canada keep common birds common by engaging more people in the work of conserving wild birds of Canada.

I joined the Birds Canada team in 2018 and am thoroughly enjoying working with this group of smart, passionate, and dedicated people. My background is in agriculture and horticulture, and I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Guelph. I’ve worked in provincial government, not-for-profit, and charitable organizations.

Ellen Jakubowski

Ellen Jakubowski

Communications Specialist

Email: ejakubowski@birdscanada.org
Tel: 613-501-2528
More about Ellen

I first got to know my chickadees and cardinals as a kid watching my family’s feeder in Ottawa.

Pursuing opportunities in wild bird rescue and rehabilitation and environmental education galvanized my interest, and sparked my passion for introducing more people to the world of birds. I went on to earn a B.Sc. Biological Science and a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication. In my role at Birds Canada, I share stories of amazing people taking action to help birds and important news about bird research and conservation. It’s incredible to work with a dedicated team of staff and supporters, united by our love of birds and drive to conserve them.

Andrés Jiménez

Andrés Jiménez

Urban Program Coordinator

Email: ajimenez@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531
More about Andrés

My mission is to create connections between people and the planet. I’m a biologist with a deep passion for animals. In my current role, I work to increase urban engagement with birds and conservation in cities across Ontario. In other words, my mission is to create connections between people and the planet. My previous work unfolded in the most isolated and pristine habitats in Costa Rica. Now, working in the City of Toronto where the human footprint is the deepest is a fascinating opportunity. I have been able to see the full spectrum of the wild, from the tropical rainforest of Osa Peninsula to the ravines and parks in Toronto.

Rosie Kirton

Rosie Kirton

Manager, Membership Database

Email: rkirton@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 141
More about Rosie

I hail from a small town in southern Ontario. I’m very passionate about my career at Birds Canada, and it shows. I’ve worked here for over 25 years maintaining the member/donor database. Working for Birds Canada has been very inspirational, learning something new every day about birds. Their beauty, their serenading calls, are majestic and should not be taken for granted. As a wife, mother, and now grand-mother, I take great pride in my family role too. When I’m not spending time with my family or working, my favourite thing to do is gardening and crafts.

Kerrie Wilcox

Kerrie Wilcox

Project FeederWatch Coordinator, Executive Assistant

Email: kwilcox@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 134
More about Kerrie

I manage Project FeederWatch in Canada, a program that turns people’s bird feeding hobby into research for conservation. Participants feed birds in their backyards and send counts of those birds to us online. I love being part of this program and feeling the enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers. We have learned so much about the winter distributions and movements of birds in North America through Project FeederWatch. Prior to my role with FeederWatch, I studied waterfowl diets and invasive Phragmites through Birds Canada’s Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Fund.

Science and Conservation Team

Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

Senior Conservation Advisor

Email: pdavidson@birdscanada.org
Tel: +255-684-103-417
More about Pete

A lifelong birder and passionate conservationist, I bring a global perspective to the Birds Canada local-to-hemispheric conservation science program. I’m something of a long-distance migrant – originally from the UK, I arrived in Canada via a decade in Asia. I’m now a Metro Vancouver homeowner and permanent resident, although currently based remotely in East Africa for much of the year. Prior to my current role, I served as the BC Program Manager for Birds Canada.

Atlantic Region

Laura Tranquilla, Ph.D.

Laura Tranquilla, Ph.D.

Director, Atlantic Region

Email: ltranquilla@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5047
More about Laura

My interest in birds began with studying songbirds in the blackfly-infested forests of my home province, New Brunswick, but my heart was stolen by seabirds after my first step onto a stormy, remote seabird colony. Since then, I have devoted the past 20-odd years to bird ecology, physiology, tracking, and conservation on the east and west coasts of Canada. My current role is to build science-based, collaborative partnerships for bird conservation, and to guide our programs for seabirds, owls, forest birds, shorebirds, marsh birds, swifts, and swallows. I am inspired by wild and remote places, by my kids, and by people who strive to tread lightly on this Earth.

Laura Bartlett

Laura Bartlett

Nova Scotia Program Manager

Email: lbartlett@birdscanada.org

Tel: 902-426-4055

More about Laura

An important part of my role involves reducing human disturbances to birds through projects such as the Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program. I completed my B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Sociology, and recently finished my Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University, where I focused on wildlife conservation and pro-environmental behaviour change. When not at work, I’m either getting up early to go birding, going to bed early (so I can wake up early to go birding), or travelling the world to see new birds.

Catherine Dale, Ph.D.

Catherine Dale, Ph.D.

Newfoundland Atlas Coordinator

Email: cdale@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5025
More about Catherine

My job brings together two of the things I’m most passionate about – ornithology and science outreach. I believe strongly in the importance of Citizen Science, and I’m eagerly anticipating working with volunteers across Newfoundland to make the province’s first breeding bird atlas happen. I recently completed a Ph.D. studying migration patterns in Western Bluebirds breeding in British Columbia, and am now enjoying learning all about the birds of Newfoundland!

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg, Ph.D.

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg, Ph.D.

Bird Projects Biologist

Email: akouwenberg@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5045
More about Amy-Lee

I coordinate the High Elevation Landbird Program, monitoring Bicknell’s Thrush and other birds in remote forests of northern New Brunswick and the Cape Breton Highlands. I work with forestry managers and regulators to protect habitat in the industrial forest. I also coordinate the Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey, a tremendous Citizen Scientist-based effort to census owls in the Atlantic provinces. My interest in birds started on my family’s farm in Nova Scotia particularly raising and showing chickens as a member of my local 4-H club. My interest expanded to wild birds when my I befriended a family of bird watchers during my undergrad in Ontario, eventually leading to my Ph.D. studying the awe-inspiring seabirds of Newfoundland and British Columbia. The remarkable physical abilities and incredible variation among birds, paired with the passion and perseverance of people who work to conserve them, is what inspires my efforts for birds.

Rémi Torrenta, PH.D.

Rémi Torrenta, PH.D.

Bird Projects Biologist

Email: rtorrenta@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5045
More about Rémi

I knew I wanted to work in wildlife conservation since I was very young, growing up in the mountains and countryside of southern France. Since then, my passion for birds and wilderness developed farther, to the point where I decided to undertake a PhD about the ecology of forest birds and landscape changes in eastern Ontario. After I graduated, I kept dedicating energy to forest bird conservation, being active as a researcher, naturalist, volunteer and guide. In 2018 I was a Field Technician and Research Assistant for Birds Canada, and I am now very proud to be part of the team again, coordinating the High Elevation Landbird Program and Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey. The opportunity to implement greater protection of bird populations, and the considerable growing interest of citizens make me redouble my efforts.

Denise Maillet

Denise Maillet

New Brunswick Piping Plover Coordinator

Email: nbplover@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5196
More about Denise

As a fourth generation lobster fisher I grew up on the seashore and lived from the sea. This gave me a great respect for all that lives in coastal areas. After making a choice to pursue environmental studies I got my first summer job working to protect the endangered Piping Plovers that nest on the beaches of my home province of New Brunswick. I was hooked. From the time I started working with Piping Plovers in 1995 I’ve had the privilege of helping to protect the coastal habitats that I hold so dear. And the birds whose survival depends on coastal habitats have inspired the way I communicate this passion to the people that share my attraction to these remarkable places. It’s been a dream come true to spend so much time on beaches, dunes and in marshes. Getting to know the birds that live there and sharing this passion with the thousands that would join our guided walks and special presentations throughout the years has given me a sense of accomplishment that can’t be measured.

Ally Manthorne

Ally Manthorne

Maritime Swiftwatch Coordinator

Email: amanthorne@birdscanada.org

Tel: 506-364-5196

More about Ally

Growing up in coastal British Columbia, my fascination with the natural world was encouraged by my parents and teachers from a young age. When I landed a summer job studying seabirds on the East Coast during university, I discovered a career that fulfills my passion for conservation and love of learning. As the Aerial Insectivore Conservation Program Coordinator in the Atlantic Region, I work with a dedicated team of citizen scientists, landowners and partner organizations to improve monitoring and stewardship of swifts and swallows. Now a parent myself, I’m motivated by my children’s boundless curiosity and eagerness to explore our environment. The creativity and passion of volunteers and colleagues inspire me to seek innovative partnerships and strategies to support the conservation of swifts and swallows in Canada.

British Columbia

David Bradley, Ph.D.

David Bradley, Ph.D.

Director, British Columbia

Email: dbradley@birdscanada.org
Tel: 604-401-6850
Toll-free 1-877-349-2473 ext. 3

 

More about David

I’ve been interested in birds and their conservation for as long as I can remember.

Prior to my current role, I completed a postdoc at our Birds Canada head office in Ontario and the University of Guelph on migration and breeding phenology in Tree Swallows. My Ph.D. was conducted in New Zealand on the ecology and conservation of an endangered endemic bird, the North Island Kokako. I’ve also been involved in behavioral studies of Neotropical birds in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia. Two of my current projects include an invasive mammalian predator study in Haida Gwaii (one of my favourite natural environments) and a Long-billed Curlew migration tracking study in the Kootenay Mountains.

James Casey

James Casey

Fraser Estuary Specialist

Email: jcasey@birdscanada.org
Tel: 778-886-3255
Toll-free 1-877-349-2473 ext. 2

 

More about James

On behalf of Birds Canada, I’m building support for the Fraser Estuary Important Bird and Biodiversity Area in British Columbia. Prior to joining Birds Canada, I earned a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy at the University of Northern British Columbia and worked with WWF-Canada on topics ranging from eelgrass and marine planning to hydropower and the Water Sustainability Act. This experience established a base of knowledge that I’m now applying to the context of the Fraser Estuary.

Graham Sorenson

Graham Sorenson

BC Projects Coordinator

Email: gsorenson@birdscanada.org
Toll-free 1-877-349-2473 ext. 1

 

More about Graham

I coordinate Citizen Science programs in BC, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, run education and outreach events, and help with Birds Canada research projects. I really enjoy my position because it allows me to share my enthusiasm for birds and conservation and work with amazing volunteers who collect important data for bird conservation and monitoring. I grew up in Vermont, which is where my passion for nature, conservation, and birds began. Before joining Birds Canada, I completed a Master’s degree on Thick-billed Murres at the University of Windsor and worked throughout North America on studies of Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Island Scrub-Jays, Common Loons, and more.

Ontario

Liz Purves

Liz Purves

Director, Ontario

Email: lpurves@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 132
More about Liz

One of my first field jobs was surveying Cerulean Warblers at the Queen’s University Biological Station. This experience piqued my interest in birds, specifically Species at Risk, and I haven’t looked back since. After receiving a Master of Science in Biology studying habitat loss in Eastern Whip-poor-wills, I began working at Birds Canada in 2016 on swifts and swallows. Now, as the Ontario Program Director, I work with an incredible team and support a variety of projects focused mainly on conserving bird Species at Risk and their habitats in Ontario. I am inspired by the talented and dedicated Birds Canada staff and supporters and do this work because birds need our help more than ever.

Ian Fife

Ian Fife

Forest Birds at Risk Coordinator

Email: ifife@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 166
More about Ian

I gain inspiration through envisioning recovery success for species at risk achieved through relationships between research conducted through the Forest Birds at Risk program and landowners and managers. I am responsible for monitoring and assessing populations of priority bird species in the province and work towards building strong steward relationships with land-owners and managers to protect priority species habitat. I also find inspiration for bird and habitat conservation in solving problems associated with a species decline. I am especially fond of birds ever since I held my first Canvasback many years ago. As an ecologist, I believe habitat is the most important element to ensuring we prevent population declines for birds and other wildlife.

Andrea Gress

Andrea Gress

Ontario Piping Plover Coordinator

Email:agress@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 128
More about Andrea

I coordinate the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program. At my heart, I’m a plover myself, gravitating to beaches and sunshine even in my time off. After leaving my home province of Saskatchewan after university, I worked and travelled abroad exploring many occupations. I eventually landed an internship in South Africa researching and protecting the White-Fronted Plover. I was hooked. Upon returning to Canada, I found summer work with Piping Plovers along the shores of Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan, and now I coordinate the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program.

Megan Hiebert

Megan Hiebert

Ontario SwiftWatch coordinator

Email: mhiebert@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 123
More about Megan

I grew up in Long Point, Ontario, and became really interested in birds when I started hanging out at the bird research observatories to take pictures of the birds for drawing or painting. I was captivated by the enthusiasm of the birders and bird banders and the delicate beauty of the birds. Prior to my current role, I spent four summers researching aerial insectivores in Southern Ontario. Now, as Ontario SwiftWatch Coordinator, my job is to work with the public to study and conserve Chimney Swifts. I am inspired by the beauty and wonder of our natural world and motivated to preserve it for future generations to appreciate it as well.

Kyle Cameron

Kyle Cameron

Ontario Projects Biologist

Email: kcameron@birdscanada.org 
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 151
More about Kyle

I have been interested in birds from a very young age. This interest grew into a passion during my studies at Trent University. After graduating, I volunteered at Long Point Bird Observatory and I was hooked. I went on to work as the Program Coordinator for the observatory and enjoyed incorporating education and outreach into the work I do as much as possible. Currently, as the Ontario Projects Biologist I am able to provide contributions to numerous Birds Canada projects including the Forest Birds at Risk Program, Forest Bird Monitoring Program, and the Long Point Bird Observatory. I am very excited to be collecting data that guide conservation policy and garner a deep understanding of bird behaviour and ecology.

Prairies

Kiel Drake, Ph.D.

Kiel Drake, Ph.D.

Director, Saskatchewan

Email: kdrake@birdscanada.org
Tel: 306-249-2894
More about Kiel

I draw inspiration and rejuvenation from interacting with the natural world – the wilder and more remote, the stronger the inspiration. I have broad interests in avian monitoring and conservation, which includes experience with estimation of demographic parameters, conservation planning, species-habitat modeling, and bioacoustics monitoring. I was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan where my studies examined the role of dispersal in population dynamics of breeding Ross’s Geese. For over 20 years, my professional experience has lain primarily in the realm of water-loving birds. I was drawn to the conservation profession seeing a need to protect wildlife and the places where wild critters live.

LeeAnn Latremouille

LeeAnn Latremouille

Saskatchewan Atlas Coordinator

Email: skatlas@birdscanada.org
Tel: 306-249-2894
More about LeeAnn

I have always been drawn to nature; whether I was collecting beetles in my lunch kit or spending hours looking for snakes, nature was a big part of my childhood. After completing a diploma in Environmental and Wildlife Management I began working on avian monitoring projects and was immediately hooked. I went on to complete a BSc in Environmental Biology from McGill University where I received the Tomlinson engagement award for mentoring. I enjoy interacting with people and sharing my love of nature, a trait which serves me well in my current role. This work allows me to help others learn about birds while also affording me time alone in nature, both of which keep me inspired. I do what I do in the hopes that I can motivate others to help protect wildlife and the habitats they depend on.

Janine McManus

Janine McManus

Bird Projects Research Intern

Email: jmcmanus@birdscanada.org
Tel: 306-249-2894
More about Janine

I am inspired by the never-ending learning opportunities that come from spending time in the wilderness. After growing up in Toronto, I now find myself in Saskatchewan, splitting my time between living on a farm and exploring remote reaches of the Boreal Forest. I am involved in a variety of exciting projects including the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas and the Marsh Monitoring Program. I enjoy the combination of working in the field and using the data collected to help support bird conservation efforts. I hope to encourage others to take action on behalf of all wildlife and their habitats by sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for the fascinating world of birds.

Laura Stewart

Laura Stewart

Bird Projects Research Intern

Email:
Tel: 306-249-2894

Québec

Andrew Coughlan

Andrew Coughlan

Director, Québec

Email:
acoughlan@birdscanada.org
Tel: 418-649-6062
Toll-free 1-866-518-0212
More about Andrew

I’m a biologist with a wide range of experience working with birds. Born in England, I have lived in Québec since 1996. Before taking up my current position, I worked for 10 years as a research officer at Laval University. Before that, in England, I worked for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Zoological Society of London. I am also a member of the Québec Breeding Bird Atlas Management Committee and the Scientific Committee of the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac, and secretary of the Baillie Fund.

Waterbirds and Wetlands

Doug Tozer, Ph.D.

Doug Tozer, Ph.D.

Director, Waterbirds and Wetlands

Email: dtozer@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 168
More about Doug

I’ve been hooked on birds ever since I can remember. For example, as a kid I got (a bit) annoyed when my family went on holidays to Disney World, because it meant I missed Canada Jay nest-finding with my Dad for a research project in Algonquin Park. Naturally, my academic and professional career has focused on developing workable conservation solutions for birds, and raising awareness of the importance of these animals. Currently, I work on waterbirds and wetlands by directing the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program, Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, and Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Program.

Tracy Barber

Tracy Barber

Data Entry Technician

Email: tbarber@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 133
More about Tracy

Being a naturalist I enjoy hiking in any of our great Canadian seasons. I have worked in my current position at Birds Canada for over a decade. During this time have had the fortuity to observe the advancement and betterment of Birds Canada and to have worked on numerous projects across the country. I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful organization engaged in the guardianship of wild birds and their habitats.

Kathy Jones

Kathy Jones

Volunteer Manager, Ontario Programs and Canadian Lake Loon Survey

Email: volunteer@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 124
More about Kathy

I am an avid supporter of conservation, habitat stewardship, and biodiversity, in the strength of grassroots community actions, and that each individual can make a difference. I spent my childhood in Long Point, Ontario next to the Big Creek National Wildlife Area. There I formed a great love for boating, wetlands, wildlife, and all things aquatic. I hold an H.B.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of Guelph, a M.Sc.F in Wildlife Management from Lakehead University and Volunteer Management accreditation from Humber College. Past work in tourism, retail, raptor and duck research and data management as well as experience collaborating with Citizen Scientists has led me to my present job. My three beautiful and almost adult children have taught me that yes, your beliefs can be instilled in the next generation and that this is hope for our future.

Migration Ecology

Stu Mackenzie

Stu Mackenzie

Director, Migration Ecology

Email: smackenzie@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 162
More about Stu

I began exploring the natural world while in the womb, and have been birding since the age of two. In my current role, I’m responsible for the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Long Point Bird Observatory, Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, and aspects of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. I hold degrees from the University of Guelph and Western University. Formerly, I served as President of the Ontario Bird Banding Association and Chair of the North American Banding Council. I live in Port Rowan with my wife and two children.

Lucas Berrigan

Lucas Berrigan

Motus Program Coordinator – Atlantic Region

Email: lberrigan@birdscanada.org
Tel: 506-364-5185
More about Lucas

I have been fascinated by birds since a young age.

After completing my Master’s on the post-breeding behavior of Swainson’s Thrushes at Acadia University, I joined the Birds Canada’s team in the Atlantic Region in 2018 to run the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program. Since then, I have taken on more responsibilities related to the Motus Wildlife Tracking System – namely, managing the Atlantic array of Motus receiver stations and supporting Motus users worldwide. I am proud to be part of Birds Canada and contributing to a greater understanding of birds and their environment.

Rinchen Boardman

Rinchen Boardman

Thunder Cape Bird Observatory Coordinator

Email: arbyboardman@gmail.com
Tel: 807-251-3673
More about Rinchen

Having spent many years witnessing the miracle of avian migration I continue to be both humbled and inspired by how we fit on this planet.

For the past 6 years I have been the Program Coordinator of Thunder Cape Bird Observatory. I recruit and train Volunteers in bird handling and manage the operation of our robust protocol for both of our spring and autumn seasons on the north shore of Lake Superior.

During breeding season geo tagging Grey-cheeked Thrush and Blackpoll Warblers has drawn me to Newfoundland and Labrador. Perhaps with information gleaned by my efforts we humans can learn from the myriad of avian species crossing geographical and human boundaries. Their precious presence and perseverance reflects the best of our abilities.

Josh Sayers

Josh Sayers

Motus Program Coordinator – Ontario Region

Email: jsayers@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531
More about Josh

My role focuses on supporting the growth of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System and assisting with aspects of our bird observatory operations.

I’m responsible for Motus collaborator outreach and communications and maintaining Motus infrastructure in Ontario and beyond. My past research and conservation experience includes bird banding at various observatories, including Long Point Bird Observatory, and studying mammals such as grizzly bears. I am a co-founder and coordinator of the Ontario Badger Project, which has sought to better understand and conserve Ontario’s endangered badger population.

Ross Wood

Ross Wood

Migration Program Technician

Mark Conboy

Mark Conboy

Program Manager – Long Point Bird Observatory

Email: lpbo@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-429-0540
More about Mark

I’m proud to run the day to day operations at Long Point Bird Observatory, the oldest continually operating bird observatory in the western hemisphere. I have 15 years of experience working for NGO’s, in academia, and in private industry as a wildlife biologist. I also moonlight as an international birding tour guide with experience leading trips in Canada, Australia, the Falkland Islands, and Chile. I did my Master’s degree at Queen’s University studying the evolutionary ecology of wood-warblers, a family of birds that still holds a dear place in my heart.

Boreal Project

Gregor Beck

Gregor Beck

Senior Conservation Advisor, Boreal Project Lead

Email: gbeck@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 152
More about Gregor

I am a wildlife biologist and conservation professional with over 25 years of experience in the environmental field.

I’ve worked on conservation, wildlife research, and educational programs throughout my career, and written publications on a diversity of topics – from birds and reptiles to native plants and watershed ecology. I have directed projects for Ontario Nature, Long Point Basin Land Trust, and the Québec-Labrador Foundation, and have served in a number of senior roles at Birds Canada.

Natasha Barlow

Natasha Barlow

Boreal Conservation Project Specialist

Email: nbarlow@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 165
More about Natasha

The nature of my discipline has made me very aware of the interesting challenges that come with balancing human needs with natural resource protection. By studying birds, and protecting them now and for the future, we have a great way to ensure the protection of other species, including ourselves. Birds can allow us to rectify the disconnect between scientists and the general public. As people from all walks of life can connect over bird watching, birds can provide an avenue where we can have those difficult conversations about conservation that need to be had.

Landscape Science and Conservation

Andrew Couturier

Andrew Couturier

Senior Director, Landscape Science and Conservation

Email: acouturier@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 131
More about Andrew

I’m proud to have pioneered work on mapping the distribution, abundance, and migratory connections of birds that is featured regularly in scientific papers, books, popular publications, websites, and field guides.

My achievements in bird conservation include election to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. I represent Birds Canada on numerous regional, national, and international conservation initiatives, including Bird Atlases, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, BirdLife International, Partners in Flight, Key Biodiversity Areas, and others. It has been rewarding to see my two decades of leadership at Birds Canada help propel the organization from a locally focused one to a respected national and international partner. I find inspiration in nature, birds, and music, and in sharing these passions with family, friends, and strangers alike.

Amanda Bichel

Amanda Bichel

Ontario Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Coordinator

Email: abichel@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 167
More about Amanda

My role focuses on coordinating the Caretaker Program, a group of on-the-ground stewards for Ontario Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).

I am lucky to work with these enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to monitor IBAs for priority species, carry out conservation activities, organize events, and increase awareness of the program. I have a background in Environmental Studies and Biology, and have worked with birds, bats, soil, and water. Connecting people with nature is what motivates me to work in conservation. I hope to give the next generation the same (or better!) opportunity to experience the beauty of nature that I’ve enjoyed.

Sandra Marquez

Sandra Marquez

GIS Analyst

Email: smarquez@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531
More about Sandra

My interest is in preventing habitat deterioration and animal population decline. Like many others, I am deeply saddened knowing that beautiful species have become extinct and will never return to the earth because of lack of planning and human comprehension.

I am passionate about geospatial technologies and applying them to improve the world around us. I firmly believe that making decisions based on geography is basic to human thinking.

My academic knowledge and experience is in Ecology, Digital Geography and GIS, Database Management, Web GIS, GIS mobile apps, automation, and spatial data collection. For more than 12 years, I have applied GIS technologies to a variety of studies including environmental impact assessments, natural heritage studies, socioeconomic, aboriginal, land use studies, wetland delineation, hydrogeology, hydrology, and animal population dynamics among others.

Being part of Birds Canada, I have the opportunity to work for a science-based organization and contribute my experience and knowledge to conserve wild birds and prevent their extinction.

Data Science and Technology

Denis Lepage, Ph.D.

Denis Lepage, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Data Science and Technology

Email: dlepage@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 155
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Danielle Ethier, Ph.D.

Danielle Ethier, Ph.D.

Bird Population Scientist

Email: dethier@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 115
More about Danielle

I enjoy working with the abundant Citizen Science data collected by bird enthusiasts from across Canada to help resolve key conservation challenges.

As a young biologist, I studied birds across North America before completing a Master of Science on American badgers and a Ph.D. on Bobolinks. To date, my research has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve questions that imperil wildlife populations in human-modified landscapes. In my current role, I assess large-scale drivers of avian population dynamics in order to guide science-based habitat management practices and government decision-making.

Jeremy Hussell

Jeremy Hussell

Programmer

Email: jhussell@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3531 ext. 125
More about Jeremy

While I like software development, I especially enjoy being able to pursue it in a relatively untouched natural area instead of a downtown city core.

I’m a software developer currently devoting my time to the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a collaborative research network that is improving our knowledge of the movements of birds and other animals. My parents were involved in founding Long Point Bird Observatory, which later spawned Birds Canada, so I have a long history with the organization.

Catherine Jardine

Catherine Jardine

Data Analyst

Email: cjardine@birdscanada.org
Tel: 604-780-7490
More about Catherine

I’m passionate about engaging people in the wonders of the natural world, through my work with Birds Canada and also as a guide in Antarctica, coastal BC, and at the Iona Island Bird Observatory.

In my role with Birds Canada, I facilitate data sharing from large scale monitoring programs to support research and conservation. My primary projects include the Canadian Wind Energy Bird and Bat Monitoring Database and the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.

Paul Morrill

Paul Morrill

Programmer

Finance and Administration

Michelle Bruin

Michelle Bruin

Assistant Controller

Email: mbruin@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3431 ext. 145
More about Michelle

My knowledge of birds was limited when I first arrived here, but I quickly noticed that my colleagues were passionate and dedicated to their work, and their enthusiasm was inspiring.

As a result, I have become a Project Feederwatch participant (along with my family), counting bird species and the numbers of birds that come to my bird feeders. This information helps scientists study winter bird populations and informs them of any rarities, like seeing a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in January! I also participate in the yearly Birdathon where I help raise funds for bird conservation. In my role I perform many financial tasks, including nationwide payroll. I’m delighted to tell people I work for this organization and I am proud of Birds Canada’s accomplishments with regard to conservation and the environment.

Anne Marie Ridout

Anne Marie Ridout

Accounting and Facilities Manager

Email: amridout@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3431 ext. 112
More about Anne Marie

I was very lucky to join Long Point Bird Observatory (now Birds Canada), the oldest bird observatory in North America, in 1985.

I have filled many roles over the years and I am presently the organization’s Accounting and Facilities Manager. Over the years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to witness the challenges, growth and successes of Birds Canada. I am so very proud to have been a part of this unique organization working towards the preservation of wild birds and their habitats.

Ron Ridout

Ron Ridout

Operations Manager

Email: rridout@birdscanada.org
Tel: 519-586-3431 ext. 114