Staff

barb-1  Barb McDonald, Administrative Assistantadmin@islandnaturetrust.ca

Barb has been with the Trust since January 1985.  She enjoys working in the office of this busy and effective charity.  She and her husband, Kevin, live in Kensington and have two daughters – Sarah and Julie.

 

 

 

  Megan Harris, Executive Directorexdir@islandnaturetrust.ca

Megan is a graduate of the University of Victoria (marine biology) and the University of Guelph (amphibian toxicology). She has over twenty years of work experience in wildlife – related research, ecosystem reclamation / restoration and technical writing. Her work has taken her from BC to Ontario, New Zealand, Alberta and now Prince Edward Island. She believes strongly in the Iroquois Nations’ Seven Generation Stewardship concept: every decision we make should be based on how it impacts the well-being of people and the environment seven generations from now.

Favourite quote: “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” Dr Seuss, The Lorax

 

ASM in boat  Shannon Mader, Program Coordinatorprojects@islandnaturetrust.ca

Shannon started with Island Nature Trust in 2004 when she was an undergrad working on her BSc. In the years since then, she has worked just about every project that has come through the doors at INT.

After spending some time “away” Shannon was compelled to return to PEI in 2012 and to work full time as the Program Coordinator with INT.

Shannon is passionate about all things environmental and in her spare time can be found hiking the natural areas of PEI or raising awareness about the importance of local, sustainable farming.

Her latest passion is a little man named Bennett. He was born in October 2013 and seems to be off to a great start. He adores the outdoors as much as his parents do and his first word (after Mama and Dada) was bird!

Shannon is on maternity leave until May 2017

 

  Julie-Lynn Zahavich, Stewardship Coordinatorplover@islandnaturetrust.ca

Julie-Lynn started with Island Nature Trust in September 2011.  At that point, she was fresh out of university and had just completed an internship at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in British Columbia.  Julie-Lynn was happy to return to PEI for work, and has stayed put ever since.

In her time at the Trust, Julie-Lynn has worked on many projects including working with the PEI Invasive Species Council, the Piping Plover Program, the Farmland Birds Program, and the Important Bird Areas Program.  Currently, Julie-Lynn coordinates our Piping Plover Stewardship Program but she likes to help out wherever needed.

In her spare time, Julie-Lynn enjoys hiking, gardening, crafting and painting.

 

chelseyChelsey Folsom, Coordinator of Piping Plover Volunteerschelsey@islandnaturetrust.ca

Chelsey is a recent graduate from the UPEI (wildlife conservation) originally from NB and Maine. She and her daughter (Willow) moved to PEI in September 2014 after graduating from the Maritime College of Forest Technology (forest technology and fish and wildlife technology). Last summer Chelsey worked for UPEI as a field researcher on a joint project with Parks Canada, looking at the effects that visitors to the park have on red foxes.

The reason she decided to pursue an environmental and resource based education stream was to be an informed environmentalist and help to educate others, especially the younger generation. Chelsey lives as environmentally friendly life as possible, realizing that if she wants to create change she must prove it can be done and lead by example. You can often find her and her daughter in the parks, biking around town, and just enjoying everything Mother Earth has to offer.

 

nicoleNicole Murtagh, Piping Plover Field Assistant

Nicole has been working at Island Nature Trust as a summer student since 2014. She works on the Piping Plover program and spends the majority of her time surveying beautiful island beaches!

Nicole is a recent graduate of the Wildlife Conservation Technology program at Holland College and is currently working toward a degree in wildlife conservation at UNB Fredericton. On her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and getting outdoors to enjoy the many wonders that nature has to offer. Nicole is very passionate about her work in conservation and hopes to make a difference, no matter how small it may be!

In the words of Walt Whitman; “The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

 

304789_10150833393030184_1540267876_nLeanne Tol, Farmland Birds Program Coordinator – landbirds@islandnaturetrust.ca

Leanne completed her B.Sc. in Agriculture in 2011 at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, majoring in Animal Science. She then took a big leap into the unknown and moved to Cape Town, South Africa to complete her M.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Cape Town, where she studied factors affecting the breeding success of the endangered African Penguin on Robben Island. Leanne returned to her home province of PEI in 2015, and has joined the Island Nature Trust team as the Farmland Birds Project Coordinator, monitoring and preserving the nesting habitat of the Barn Swallow and Bobolink.