Every year on February 11, organizations around the world celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Created by the United Nations General Assembly, this day provides a special opportunity to recognize the critical role women and girls play in the fields of science and technology.

In celebration of this important day, meet four inspiring women who are members of our Conservation and Research team here at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy; Laura Burns, C-Jae Breiter, Amber Papineau, and Ashleigh Westphal.

In this video, these four women highlight their important work that aims to help conserve animals and their habitats. These include the Poweshiek skipperling head-start project which involves extensive research as well as a captive rearing and release program. Also featured in this video is a collaborative project between our team at the Zoo and University of Washington PhD student Jenny Stern to study hair growth in polar bears, and our ongoing Beluga Bits citizen science project.

Click here for more information about ongoing conservation and research initiatives.