Meet the Team

Jasmine McCulligh

Jasmine started with the Program in February 2013 during the first year the internship was offered and later hired as full time staff the following year. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Wildlife Biology in 2012. Jasmine always had an interest in conservation and captive breeding programs, which lead her to a volunteer internship in South Africa working with a cheetah breeding program in 2011. Jasmine enjoys being part of such dedicated team that works hard to overcome challenges as there is something new learnt each breeding season.

Facility Coordinator and Spotted Owl Specialist

Katie Calon

Katie has been coordinating the Northern Spotted Owl Program as a whole since 2014 and also co-ordinates the projects within the Program. She has coordinated and administered over 175 projects including contracts, grants, and private donations. Katie has a Bachelor of Science and began her career in conservation in field work.

Project Co-ordinator

Dr. Ken Macquisten

Ken has been the Program veterinarian since 2007, in addition to practicing at Townline Veterinary Hospital and holding the position of Managing Director of the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Ken graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and has been practicing in British Columbia for over 30 years.


Hannah Tench

Hannah was one of three interns to start in February 2017. She has a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC. Hannah worked in the forestry industry for three years before finding her true passion working with animals when she accepted an internship with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. She has always been interested in forest and wildlife conservation and is so happy to be working at a “dream job” combining all of her interests.

Spotted Owl Technician

Jenna Kissel

Jenna first started at the Breeding Program as a breeding season intern in October 2017, where after 10 months, she fell in love with the spotted owls and BC. Originally from Ontario, she graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and has always dreamed of working with endangered species. As of fall 2019, one year after her internship ended, she is excited to be back at the Breeding Program full time. Raptors and conservation are truly her passion, and she is so happy to combine them here at the Breeding Program.

Spotted Owl Technician

Alyssa de Wit

Alyssa began working as a volunteer with the NSO Breeding Center in early 2017, when she was talking with a friend, who was volunteering with the Program, about her love for owls. After graduating from UFV with her BSc; Major in Biology and a sub-discipline concentration in Ecology and Biology of Organisms, Alyssa applied for the 2019 Internship. Alyssa has always had a passion for wildlife and nature as well as its maintenance and growth. She is excited to begin her Ecology career learning about this amazing species and the conservation efforts being put towards it through the NSO Breeding Program.

Spotted Owl Technician

Vince Beier

Vince worked as Caretaker for the Mountain View Conservation Centre for over 20 years. Following its closure in 2014, he joined the NSO Team part-time, where he is responsible for upkeep of the 25 acre property, supervision of the construction of new aviaries, and assists the team with general tasks in any way he can.

Facility Caretaker

Brianna Heese

Brianna started at NSOBP just in time to kick off the 2020 breeding season. Originally from Nanaimo, B.C., she earned her BSc in Biology at Vancouver Island University. While her academic experience primarily focuses on Ecological Parasitology, she has worked a variety of jobs in both animal-care and community outreach. Her true love, however, is working hands-on with all kinds of raptors, especially owls! She cannot believe that she gets the privilege of arriving to work everyday with the extraordinary Northern Spotted Owl, and to play her part in restoring their populations.

Breeding Season Intern

Brighten Ching

Brighten joined the NSO team in February 2020 as an intern. Originally from southwestern Ontario, she earned her BSc in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interest in ornithology first developed when volunteering with raptors, and when completing an undergraduate thesis on songbirds. As someone who is passionate about environmental stewardship and conservation, she hopes to work with at-risk species at a professional and academic level in the future. She is incredibly honoured to be able to work with a species as unique as the Northern Spotted Owl, and enjoys learning new things about the species everyday. She is also proud to be part of such a dedicated and hard-working team!

Breeding Season Intern

Paula Gomez Villalba

Paula joined the program as an intern for the 2020 breeding season. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley but grew up exploring the parks around Metro Vancouver. Paula is passionate about natural history and conservation, with previous experience digitizing museum collections, rehabilitating wildlife, and conducting avian fieldwork in Canada and South America. As part of the NSOBP, Paula loves being able to work with an endangered species. She particularly enjoys learning Northern Spotted Owl behaviors and helping establish the breeding pairs that will support BC’s wild population.

Breeding Season Intern

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Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Langley, BC

Phone: 604 371 4434


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