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Peter Ewins
Peter Ewins
Senior Officer, Species
Pete spent 12 years in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, which included a post as assistant warden for three years at the world-famous Fair Isle Bird Observatory and banding of hundreds of thousands of birds. His doctoral work there focused on the impacts of the North Sea oil industry on seabirds and marine systems, and this led to him joining the UK government as Nature Conservancy Council officer for Shetland.
In 1990, he moved to Canada and spent six years working for the federal government’s Canadian Wildlife Service, working on the Great Lakes wildlife toxicology programs, documenting levels and impacts of toxic pollutants on wildlife at the top of aquatic foodwebs.
Pete joined WWF-Canada as Director of the Endangered Species Program in 1996. He went on to direct WWF’s Arctic conservation work from 2000-2006, focusing heavily on shifting the industrial development paradigm to one that provides adequately for conservation of intact ecosystems and ecological and cultural diversity. Pete now leads WWF’s Arctic species conservation work, with a strong focus on flagship species in globally significant regions, such as the polar bear and ice-dependent whales.
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Polar bear patrols keep bears and communities safer. Here’s how
They’re like a SWAT team, keeping people and polar bears safe from each other. Armed with a range of non-lethal weapons and techniques, WWF’s polar bear patrols have led to a significant reduction in the number of these magnificent creatures that are killed each year to protect people and property.

Spooky species update
This Halloween, brush up on your bat facts and find out the scariest thing about these species – their drastic population declines.

On the Edge of Life: filming with National Geographic on Lancaster Sound
In June WWF-Canada expert Pete Ewins took part in a field camp on Lancaster Sound with WWF’s partner the National Geographic Society.

Monarch butterfly population recovering but still lowest in years
A recent survey shows a 69% increase in area occupied by monarch butterflies, but this is the second smallest area since 1993. WWF calls on leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the protection of monarch butterfly migration.

Bowheads and breaking ice
Arctic whale specialist Pete Ewins gives us an update on the bowhead whales being tracked by Nunavut Wildlife Management Board and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.