Meet the NBCP Summer Team!
Every year the Native Bat Conservation Project relies on summer staff to help with the variety of jobs that track the bats over their active season. Meet the individuals making a difference this summer.
Jasmine Anthony (she/her)
Bat Conservation Assistant
Jasmine started working for the Native Bat Conservation Program as a seasonal assistant in 2018. She completed her BSc Zoology degree from the University of Guelph in 2020. Prior to the bat team, she had only briefly worked with bats at a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Over the years, she has gained hands-on knowledge and experience catching bats around Ontario. From trapping bats in mist nets to tracking them through the forest using radio telemetry, Jasmine hopes to continue to do bat field work in the future. Her favourite species of bat in Ontario is the eastern red bat!
Bridget Sparrow-Scinocca (she/her)
Bridget is joining us as our Project Lead for the summer season and is excited to learn all about the bats that call South Bruce home. She has previously conducted field work in Ontario, British Columbia, Colorado and England. She received her BSc in Animal Physiology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto and continued on to receive her MSc in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation from Imperial College London. Her previous work has focused on protecting both freshwater and marine ecosystems, and she is excited to get back to working in Ontario to protect our endangered species.
Krista Nicolson (she/her)
Bat Conservation Assistant
Krista is our newest member of the team, joining at the beginning of June this summer. With a love for endangered animals since early childhood, she has always wanted to do field research to help species at risk.
Her background is a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Guelph. Following this and realizing the need for more local conservation she then pursued a Post Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. It was with this program that she had her first exposure to working with bats during a year-long project to preserve and supplement bat habitat on Ontario Power Generation lands.
Although fairly new to bats, she is no stranger to at-risk species, having worked with Ontario snakes, turtles, salamanders, raptors and more. She is excited to be a part of the NBCP this summer season and wants to not only contribute via field research, but also through outreach, as she feels a drive to connect people with the nature around them.
With the six of us that is the entire bat team! Be sure to check back in on #WingedWednesdays to see what all we’ve been up to out in the field.