Learn how to support wildlife in your community

Take an online course to boost your confidence in aiding a wild animal in distress and learn ways to help wildlife thrive in your neighbourhood.
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Online Courses


Meet your instructors

Jess Pelow, OCT
Education Coordinator, SPWC
Jess (she/her) is an Ontario Certified Teacher who has over 15 years of experience teaching outdoor and environmental education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Environmental Studies. 

Wildlife Aware: Workplace Training
Leah Birmingham
Medical Director, SPWC
Leah is a Registered Veterinary Technologist. She worked at a domestic and exotic animal practice for three years in Kingston after graduation and in 2005, became SPWC’s first full-time employee. At that point her dedication to SPWC’s work became a huge part of her life.

Wildlife Aware: Workplace Training
Sarah Hayday
Wildlife Rehabilitator, SPWC
Sarah had her first taste of wildlife rehab with binturongs and gibbons in Asia and then spent a decade in the Amazon aiding sloths, anacondas, woolly monkeys, and more. When asked to pick a local favourite here in Canada, she says nothing tops a stompy baby skunk.

Wildlife Aware: Workplace Training
Sue Meech
Director, SPWC
Sue was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1964, after training as a Registered Nurse. She started wildlife rehabilitating by accident over 25 years ago, when the local humane society asked her to take in some orphaned raccoons.

Wildlife Aware: Workplace Training
Stana Luxford Oddie
Senior Conservation Educator, Cataraqui Conservation
Stana has worked as the Senior Conservation Educator at Cataraqui Conservation for more than 20 years and is a Certified ANFT Forest Therapy Guide and Trainer. 

Wildlife Aware: Workplace Training
Janet Fenton
Educator, SPWC
Janet has a Fish & Wildlife and Ecosystem Management diploma and has guided educational programs for Ontario Parks, Cataraqui Conservation, and Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre for over 10 years.
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