BAT GIRL – EMPOWERING YOUTH TO BECOME ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS
A scholarship can make a huge difference in a young person’s life. And this impact goes beyond the financial help. Scholarships help to build confidence and to strengthen young people’s determination to follow their passion. In 2009 Erin Rutherford received a “Dr. Mordehai Wosk Leadership Fund Award” through the Pacific Parklands Foundation. Erin is now one of our region’s leaders in protecting bats from a deadly disease.
Erin is the Project Manager for the South Coast Bat Action Team. She works as a bat researcher and restoration planner for the South Coast of BC and, for the past 9 years, has been involved in conducting species inventory and monitoring programs, as well as education and community outreach. Her main research interests are on bats and wetland ecosystems, specifically focusing on the ecological connections and habitat functions within ecosystems.
A graduate of the BCIT Ecological Restoration and Fish Wildlife and Recreation programs, Erin has developed education programs on bats for the University of the Fraser Valley, BC Institute of Technology and the BC Wildlife Federation. She’s a leader in the efforts to prevent White-nose Syndrome, a deadly disease threatening bats in our region.