We’ve had a busy summer in 2014, with several active projects and an office move, and we couldn’t do it without our summer staff! This year, we welcomed a new Bluebird Project Technician, Jemma Green, a bluebird project summer student, Reanna Shelling, and an outreach summer student, Alanah Nasadyk. Many of you have probably already spoken with one of them, and it’s time we introduced them properly.
Jemma Green joined the GOERT Society staff in late March as our Bring Back the Bluebirds Project Technician. Jemma is a conservationist with years of outreach, fundraising, stewardship, and wildlife rehabilitation experience with a variety of environmental organizations. A few years after completing her degree in Natural Resources Conservation at UBC, Jemma made the move to Vancouver Island, where she quickly became involved in local restoration projects. With academic and professional interests focusing on animal behaviour, wildlife ecology, and conservation planning, she jumped at the opportunity to work closely with bluebirds for an entire breeding season. It was hard to find a good picture of Jemma since she is usually to be found peering through binoculars!
Reanna Shelling joined the Bring Back the Bluebirds project team this summer as a Conservation Assistant, funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Reanna is an upper-level student at Vancouver Island University. She will be graduating with a BSc Major in Biology in December 2014 and has a passion for conservation, particularly of birds and mammals. Reanna is grateful that in her time with GOERTS she has had the privileges of exploring rare Garry Oak ecosystems, working with the charismatic Western Bluebird, and meeting wonderful people who have a like-minded interest in nature. When not working or studying she is often in the lovely outdoors with her old dog and house rabbit.
Alanah Nasadyk has been working with GOERTS this summer as an Outreach Conservation Assistant through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. She is an undergraduate student in her final year at the University of Victoria studying Environmental Studies and Pacific and Asian Studies. While growing up and studying in Victoria, Alanah developed an appreciation for our natural areas and native species, and is pleased to be a part of restoring natural areas and sharing the appreciation of Garry Oak ecosystems with others through GOERTS.