Rachel Darvill is certainly enthusiast about biodiversity conservation and for wildlife of all kind, including birds. Rachel completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Victoria in 2000 and her Master of Science degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University in 2014. Working as a biologist, she has more than two decades of experience and is the primary consultant at Goldeneye Ecological Services. This year Rachel is launching a five-year initiative that she developed for Wildsight Golden, called the Upper Columbia Swallow Habitat Enhancement Project. This project uses a multifaceted approach to conserve and enhance habitat for two at-risk swallow species, Bank and Barn Swallows. Rachel also developed and operated the 5- year Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey and 4-year Columbia Wetlands Marsh Bird Monitoring Project. Both of these projects have contributed substantially to what we know about birds and at-risk species in the Columbia Wetlands. Rachel has also been working on the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners-Kootenay Connect partnership to inventory and conserve habitat for additional at-risk species such as Lewis’s Woodpecker and Western Painted Turtle. Amongst the many wildlife research projects Rachel has worked on, her highlights include Tufted Puffin and Rhinoceros Auklet banding and check growth studies on Triangle Island Seabird Research Station, Ancient Murrelet inventories on Gwaii Haanas, and researching Common Ravens using radio telemetry in the Alaskan Arctic.
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