Jordan Ignatiuk was born and raised on a farm at Preeceville, SK, where the transition of Aspen Parkland to Boreal Forest begins. Within walking distance of the Assiniboine River, many summer days were spent exploring its shores and the forests and wetlands around the farm where his love of nature and wildlife was nurtured. Jordan completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Regina and after two summers working on waterfowl with Environment Canada in Saskatoon he began his graduate field research there. Jordan received his Master’s Degree from Macdonald College of McGill University. Jordan has worked at Ducks Unlimited, the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation (now the Water Security Agency), and most recently with The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Jordan's career has included academic and applied research, wildlife habitat management and conservation, which will bring a well-rounded knowledge to the leadership of Nature Saskatchewan. Jordan looks forward to the challenge and meeting and working with the many dedicated members and volunteers.
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Species at Risk Manager
Rebecca Magnus was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and spent most of her childhood summers at Last Mountain Lake. Rebecca has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology with a diploma in Integrated Resource Management. Rebecca has been working with Nature Saskatchewan since 2007, first as a habitat stewardship programs assistant followed by two summers of Rare Plant Rescue search and monitoring work. With the exception of two maternity leaves and eight months as the acting Species at Risk Manager, Rebecca has been the Shrubs for Shrikes and Plovers on Shore Coordinator since May 2010. Rebecca has also been the Stewards of Saskatchewan banner program coordinator since its inception in 2011. Rebecca and her wonderful husband are constantly being engaged in nature with their two amazing, inquisitive young boys; she looks forward to sharing the enthusiasm with all of you. Rebecca is the Acting Species at Risk Manager while Melissa is away on maternity leave.
Melissa Ranalli's diverse interests have led her to a wide variety of work and research streams, from Big Brown bat ecophysiology, to paleoecology, dendrochronology, green roof plant ecology, and most recently, education. She completed her Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biology at the University of Regina and recently completed a Master's degree in green roof plant ecology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her spare time, she enjoys many kinds of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, running, and gardening, as well as reading and cooking. She also loves spending time with her family, especially her inquisitive nephews and niece. Melissa is currently on maternity leave.
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Conservation and Education Manager
Born and raised in Regina, Marla’s love for nature started during the many cross country camping trips she took with her family and the summers spent at their cabin on Last Mountain Lake. After receiving a diploma in photography at SIAST, Marla travelled the world and made a home in a variety of places, including the UK, Palau, Botswana, and South Africa. She has seen some amazing places and some amazing wildlife but it was while doing large predator research in South Africa that Marla decided nature conservation was what really inspired her.
Returning back to Canada, Marla completed a diploma in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from Lakeland College and continued her education at the University of Regina obtaining a degree in Environmental Biology. Marla began working for Nature Saskatchewan in 2014 as the Important Bird Areas summer assistant. She loved it so much she came back again in the summers of 2015 and 2016. Marla will currently be fulfilling the role of Conservation and Education Manager while Lacey Weekes is away on maternity leave.
Lacey Weekes grew up on a farm East of Biggar where she spent most of her childhood outdoors. She graduated with a Resource Management diploma from SIAST and an Environmental Biology degree from the University of Regina. Lacey began working for Nature Saskatchewan in 2008 as a summer assistant and came back for a second summer in 2009. She came on as Operation Burrowing Owl coordinator in 2010 and now Lacey is pleased to be the Conservation and Education Manager. Lacey is currently on maternity leave.
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Ellen Bouvier grew up in Regina, SK and spent the majority of her childhood exploring nature. Most family time was spent hiking, horseback riding or just appreciating the natural world. Ellen completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography at the University of Regina in 2004 and began working for Nature Saskatchewan in 2008. Ellen lives in Regina with her husband and two young children.
Becky Quist was born and raised on the prairies with numerous camping trips around the province and to the Canadian Rockies, it was instilled in her from a young age to appreciate and respect nature and everything within it with an understanding that all life is connected.
This love for nature has echoed through her adult life, having worked in a national park, being a constant advocate for environmental groups as well as activist and promoter for permaculture and renewable energy and global and local sustainability.
She is very excited to be working with Nature Saskatchewan and other naturalists and looks forward to making an impact where she can.
Rare Plant Rescue Coordinator
Emily Putz was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and has always had a fascination with the outside world around her. Her interest in nature started young, and growing up most of her time was spent writing in nature journals, bird- watching, gardening, and exploring different areas of Saskatchewan each summer on father-daughter trips. Emily knew that her interest was always to pursue a career in biology and completed her degree in biology with concentration in ecology and environmental biology from the University of Regina. She has been lucky to have had great opportunities to work with a number of different species including the SOS target species, time spent in South Africa doing species surveys, and this past summer working on the Piping Plover Project as well as doing population and habitat assessments for Chestnut Lamprey. Emily’s spare time is spent hiking, reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her zoo at home including a very affectionate dog, cat, rabbits and horse. She first joined the Nature Saskatchewan team in 2014 as a habitat stewardship summer assistant and she is very excited to once again be back, this time in the position of RPR coordinator.
Operation Burrowing Owl Coordinator
Kaytlyn Burrows started with Nature Saskatchewan as a member of the Rare Plant Rescue search and monitoring crew in the summer of 2012, and has been fortunate enough to stay on full-time since then, first as Office Coordinator and now as the Operation Burrowing Owl Coordinator. From a young age, Kaytlyn knew she wanted to pursue a career in conservation, and began her journey in 2010 when she enrolled in the Conservation and Restoration Ecology diploma at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta. It was there that her passion for conservation really began to grow. Kaytlyn looks forward to new challenges and experiences that lie ahead and is so pleased to be a part of this great organization.
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Shrubs for Shrikes/Plovers on Shore Coordinator
Ashley Vass (Fortney), born and raised in Regina, has family roots in the Swift Current region. Her best childhood memories revolve around the family centennial farm near Webb or at their cabin on Lac Pelletier. Ashley has always been passionate about wildlife and began species surveys at an extremely young age, sending postcards to her grandparents while on family vacations that consisted of nothing more than lists of all the animals she had seen! Ashley now has two science degrees and has worked with numerous different species; including an Honours project studying snakes in Grasslands National Park and Val Marie area, and a Master’s degree studying Richardson’s ground squirrels. Ashley was first brought on to the Nature Saskatchewan team to cover a leave in January, 2014 as a Habitat Stewardship Coordinator. Since then she has been kept on as a summer assistant and then rolled into a new position as the database technician. Ashley is looking forward to continue working with a great team in prairie conservation, once again as the Habitat Stewardship Coordinator for the Shrubs for Shrikes, Plovers on Shore, and Stewards of Saskatchewan banner programs. Ashley is the Acting Shrubs for Shrikes, Plovers on Shore and Banner program Coordinator.
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Rebecca Magnus was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and spent most of her childhood summers at Last Mountain Lake. Rebecca has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology with a diploma in Integrated Resource Management. Rebecca has been working with Nature Saskatchewan since 2007, first as a habitat stewardship programs assistant followed by two summers of Rare Plant Rescue search and monitoring work. With the exception of two maternity leaves and eight months as the acting Species at Risk Manager, Rebecca has been the Shrubs for Shrikes and Plovers on Shore Coordinator since May 2010. Rebecca has also been the Stewards of Saskatchewan banner program coordinator since its inception in 2011. Rebecca and her wonderful husband are constantly being engaged in nature with their two amazing, inquisitive young boys; she looks forward to sharing the enthusiasm with all of you. Rebecca is currently the Acting Species at Risk Manager.
Turkey Vulture Tracking Program
Stuart and Mary Houston, together with subpermittees, have banded over 146,000 birds of 209 species in Saskatchewan, with 3,925 recoveries of 83 species.
Stuart received his MD from Manitoba in 1951, his Fellowship in Diagnostic Radiology in 1964, his DLitt Saskatchewan, 1987; Saskatchewan Order of Merit, 1992; and Officer, Order of Canada, 1993. He has been a council member and Vice-President of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU), a Fellow of the AOU since 1989, and recipient of the AOU’s Marion Jenkinson Service Award, 2004.