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Announcing the 2016 Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Winner
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Announcing the 2016 Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Winner

This blog was written by Erin Low, the 2016 Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award Winner. Erin Low is the 2016 recipient of Nature Canada’s Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award. Erin graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Biological Sciences Technology, Renewable Resources and is returning this fall to post secondary to complete her Bachelor of Science degree at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Erin has been working for an environmental consulting company since 2012 on a variety of projects including bird, amphibian and vegetation surveys, pre- and post disturbance wildlife surveys, setting up and monitoring bird and bat houses, raptor banding, deploying autonomous recording units and wildlife cameras, public outreach, as well as being introduced to what she is now actively pursuing in both work and personal time: bat research. [caption id="attachment_29401" align="alignleft" width="364"]Image of Erin Low Erin holding a Myotis lucifugus (little brown bat) outside a cave in northern Manitoba.[/caption] Erin is excited to return to school and looks forward to being able to combine her field experience with her post-secondary education to be able to further her endeavors with bat research and outreach. She has also been talking with potential graduate supervisors about a project addressing migratory bat mortality at wind turbine facilities for after she completes her undergraduate degree. “Receiving this scholarship means that I can continue to pursue the volunteer bat initiatives that I am setting up and I am thus very grateful to Nature Canada for their support,” said Erin. Erin is currently working on setting up public bat outreach nights at both national and provincial parks in Alberta. “Having worked with bats in different provinces as well as in Australia, I have been able to see firsthand the reputation that bats have not just in Alberta, but across Canada and the world. I hope that by organizing public bat outreach events that I can start to show people that bats are an irreplaceable part of the ecosystem whose true value cannot be imagined unless we were to lose these cryptic creatures,” said Erin. Erin is an avid traveller having visited Turkey, Cuba, Mexico, United States, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand, with a bat research station in Malawi being the likely next stop for her. She spends as much time as she can outdoors, camping, hiking, caving and snowshoeing. [four_fifth][separator headline="h2" title="About the award"] The Charles Scholarship Award was established through the legacy gift of the late Charles Labatiuk through the Charles Labatiuk Nature Endowment Fund. Charles Labatiuk was an avid nature conservationist, mountaineer and world traveler who enjoyed and excelled as a photographer, writer, and gardener. The scholarship award was introduced to honour his life and his passion for nature.[/four_fifth][one_fifth_last]Nature Canada Labatiuk Scholarship Crest[/one_fifth_last]

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Announcing this Year’s Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award
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Announcing this Year’s Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award

By: Marie du Plessis, Executive Assistant Laura Paskevics is the 2015 recipient of Nature Canada’s Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award. An avid outdoor enthusiast with extensive experience independently exploring wild lands throughout Ontario and western Canada, she is a recent graduate of York University and holds a Bachelors Degree in Geography. [caption id="attachment_22097" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Laura hard at work in Killarney Provincial Park[/caption] She is keen on relocating from Etobicoke to Sault Ste. Marie to pursue forest conservation and sustainable resource management related studies at Sault College in September. Laura is enrolled in Sault College’s Forest Conservation Technician program and will be pursuing future studies in Fish and Wildlife and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is looking forward to combining her current theoretical knowledge in the fields of human and physical geography with extended field studies in Algoma district’s interior. She is particularly excited to pursue applied research projects that combine computer mapping, methods of environmental data collection and digital aerial photography. Ultimately, she hopes to work in the Ontario Parks system. Laura is currently living and working in Killarney Provincial Park where she has the remarkable opportunity of exploring the park’s extensive cultural heritage, scenic landscape of the La Cloche Range and over 50 inland lakes. Working at Killarney Park has provided her with the unique opportunity of not only being immersed in the richly diverse and thriving wilderness, but also develop and experience backcountry work.  We congratulate Laura Paskevics for her commitment to nature studies and wish her well in her academic endeavours. [four_fifth][separator headline="h2" title="About the award"] The Charles Scholarship Award was established through the legacy gift of the late Charles Labatiuk through the Charles Labatiuk Nature Endowment Fund. Charles Labatiuk was an avid nature conservationist, mountaineer and world traveler who enjoyed and excelled as a photographer, writer, and gardener. The scholarship award was introduced to honour his life and his passion for nature.[/four_fifth][one_fifth_last]Nature Canada Labatiuk Scholarship Crest[/one_fifth_last]   Email Signup

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