Associate Conservation Scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada
Hilary A. Cooke is Associate Conservation Scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada, based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Since 2010, she has been working to conserve the boreal birds and wild landscapes of Yukon’s boreal mountains. From 1999 to 2003 she worked with the North America Program of WCS leading field studies on riparian bird conservation in Oregon, California, and Wyoming. From 2003 to 2009, her doctoral studies focused on conservation of cavity-nesting birds and mammals in the old-growth forests of boreal Alberta and Saskatchewan. Hilary has earned a B.Sc. in Zoology from University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario), a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University (Arcata, California), and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta). Through her interactions with, and contemplation of, birds acting out their lives, Hilary finds moments of joy and grace in hers.
Every year my spirit alternatively soars and then sinks as one to three billion birds migrate to Canada's boreal region to breed and then depart with two billion young for their southern wintering grounds. Each year I wonder, who will survive the journey south and who will come back next spring?
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