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Heather Polowyk

Bank Swallow Conservation Coordinator

My passion for the natural world began in high school when I took an environmental studies class. That class led me to complete an environmental studies degree, where my interest in birds began as I created a study comparing passerine diversity among three coastal habitats. This study was the first time I was able to identify new bird species by call, and I was hooked. I have studied forest species at risk in Ontario, including Louisiana Waterthrush, foraging behaviour of aerial insectivores in wetlands, and assisted with a captive breeding program for Loggerhead Shrikes. Now, I coordinate the Atlantic Canada Bank Swallow working group, a group of stakeholders working together to help conserve Bank Swallow populations. I coordinate meetings, data collection, database development and manage and train volunteers.

Email: hpolowyk @

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