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Saving the songbirds. This Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is a critically endangered songbird. There may be only 15-30 breeding pairs left i the wild

A WPC member with an Eastern Loggerhead Shrike, a critically endangered songbird. There may be only 15-30 breeding pairs left in the wild
Photo Credit: Wildlife Preservation Canada

University and environmental group join to save endangered species.

It’s a unique collaboration between a university and an non-governmental environmental group.

Toronto’s York University has teamed with Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) of Guelph, Ontario, to work towards preserving Canada’s most endangered species.

Shiela Colla (PhD) is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York.    

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Sheila Colla is an sssistant professor in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Toronto’s York University, and helped create the collaboration between York and Wildlife Preservation Canada
Sheila Colla (PhD) is an sssistant professor in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Toronto’s York University, and helped create the collaboration between York and Wildlife Preservation Canada © supplied

 The idea is that with added hands-on field and captive breeding experience of the WPC  the university students in environmental studies will benefit in their knowledge and experience especially with relation to some of the most threatened species in Canada.

The WPC also has a number of captive breeding programmes as part of its species recovery efforts, programmes which will add greatly to students knowledge and understanding of species habits and requirements.

The WPC will benefit in extra research capability and manpower, and the endangered species will also benefit from additional attention and added preservation and recovery efforts.

Along with other species of bumble bee, the *rusty-patched bumble bee was not long ago, very common throughout southern Ontario. In recent years researchers have tried but were unsuccessfu in finding any and is now considered *endangered* and threatened with extirpation or extinction.
Along with other species of bumble bee, the *rusty-patched bumble bee was not long ago, very common throughout southern Ontario. In recent years researchers have tried but were unsuccessfu in finding any and is now considered *endangered* and threatened with extirpation or extinction. © ontario.ca

In a York press release FES Professor Sheila Colla  said, “This partnership will allow FES students the opportunity to work on the conservation and management of some of Canada’s most at-risk species”.

A *baby* Massasauga rattllesnake placed inside a hat. An endangered species, these are Ontario’s only venomous snake, once common in southern Ontario, thier habitat and numbers have shrunk enormously due to human development. Growing to between 60-70 cm, they are not large, and bites are very rare.
A *baby* Massasauga rattllesnake placed inside a hat. An endangered species, these are Ontario’s only venomous snake. Once common in southern Ontario, their habitat and numbers have shrunk enormously due to human encroachment. Growing to between 60-70 cm, they are not large, and bites are very rare. © Wildlife Preservation Canada

  WPC Executive Director Randal Heide said, “We have partnered with York on a more informal basis in the past, and are excited to be deepening our relationship. FES offers a number of unique strengths, and we believe this collaboration will lead to improved prospects for some of Canada’s most critically endangered species.”

Scientists also often have difficulty in communicating ideas and research findings in language the general public can understand. Here too the experience with an NGO like Wildlife Preservation Canada which is used to communication information for general popular awareness, can help in ways that will be beneficial to the future scientists as they take up positions in the scientific world.

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