National Call #4: Pukaskwa National Park


Was recorded Monday, June 1st at 1:30 EST (10:30 PST)

Click here to listen to the call. PSWD: JpPfhMb2

This month we will be speaking with the resource conservation team at Pukaskwa National Park.  This is one of the places that you will be visiting on your wilderness learning journey. 

Lucy Patterson:

Lucy grew up in Ottawa, ON, and has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology from the University of Ottawa (2007), a M.Sc. in Biology from Laurentian University (2009) and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Ottawa (2018). She started working for Parks Canada in 2009 as an intern and has since worked at three different national parks as well as for the agency’s National Office. She is currently the park ecologist at Pukaskwa National Park and is primarily responsible for the Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program and for the protection of species at risk. In her free time, Lucy enjoys hiking, birdwatching and swimming.

Lynn Lefort:

Lynn is the Geomatics Technician at Pukaskwa National Park. She graduated in 1990 from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology with a focus on Wildlife Biology.  She also completed a 2-year GIS certificate course from Confederation College in 2008.  Lynn has been working at Pukaskwa since 1986 and throughout her career has filled the role of gate attendant, interpreter, park warden and geomatics technican.  When she is not working at the park, Lynn enjoys her hobby farm and camp life.

Jenna MacLaurin:

Jenna was born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON, although originally from Fort William First Nation, ON. Jenna studied Marine Environmental Technology and was previously employed by the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. During this employment she met the Site Superintendent at Pukaskwa, and have since joined the Parks Canada’s team. Jenna began working for Parks Canada in 2013 as a Resource Management Officer, and since worked at both Pukaskwa and the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Currently, Jenna works as the Visitor Safety Coordinator at Pukaskwa, and continues to work closely with the Resource Conservation team. Although slightly different from my original line of work, visitor safety coordination provides me the opportunity to enjoy the park, while learning how to adapt our operations to both the needs of visitors and wildlife sharing the site.

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