My name is Mary Finch and I am the new Watershed Ecologist hired to work with the PEI Watershed Alliance. I am excited to work with all of you as I am continually amazed at the amount of good environmental work that watershed groups complete in PEI.
A little bit of background about myself, I have over 10 years experience in watershed and aquatic ecology. I was born and raised in the Yukon, attended university in Ontario and then worked in Southern Ontario helping community groups complete stream rehabilitation work as a biologist with Trout Unlimited Canada. Since moving to PEI in 2013, I worked with Fred Cheverie at the Souris and Area Branch of PEI Wildlife Federation. I am very proud to be call PEI my home and happy to be raising my children here.
So what will I be doing as Watershed Ecologist? My role is to help and support you, the Watershed Groups of PEI. My job duties include: providing technical advice on watershed projects (i.e., forest, riparian, wetlands and watercourse) including project identification, monitoring and implementation; connecting groups with resources and experts; identifying and coordinating training opportunities; supporting the Watershed Alliance; and facilitating communication among groups.
In the upcoming weeks and months, I will be traveling around the island to visit you and your groups. I am keen to meet all of you, to listen and learn first-hand about your watersheds, your successes, your challenges, and to work together in continuing to improve the island’s environment and watersheds.
Please feel free to contact me either through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 902-394-0999.