Funding is approved for the 2016 Piping Plover season on Lake Huron and accordingly, we are pleased to announce that Jenna Skinner has been hired as our 2016 Volunteer Coordinator. She commenced employment yesterday.
Jenna grew up in Owen Sound and is now a resident of Sauble Beach; in addition she is no stranger to the community as she managed “The Patch” store (and 2 others) concurrently in Sauble Beach over four summers. She has completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University as well as an Advanced Diploma in Ecosystem Management Technology at Fleming College. Her educational focus on biology and natural resources as well as related summer work experience has prepared her to work in wildlife conservation.
Her experience includes:
- Serving as an Assistant Team Lead for a MNRF Stewardship Ranger Team in Owen Sound,
- Serving as Planning Assistant with the Niagara Escarpment Commission.
- Working with Toronto Regional Conservation Authority in designing meadow plots for the Gatineau Hydro Corridor
- Serving as Registration and Volunteer Team Co-Lead for the Fleming Ecosystem Management Program’s Annual Eco Health Conference,
Jenna is very familiar with the Piping Plover’s beach habitat and is eager to participate in the recovery program for this important species. We expect her enthusiasm and energy level will rival the plover chicks’ energy level as she hits the ground running!
Please feel free to come out Thursday @ 2 p.m. for our volunteer orientation session at the Sauble Community Centre. You can join us in welcoming Jenna to the Plover Lovers team.
The image features Jenna standing with the “plover man” himself … Don Kennedy. Don is holding a ‘plover hut’ that will be used as a defence against predators and the weather. Don worked with MNRF over the winter to complete this project.