The Eastern Ratsnake is found in Ontario and is the largest snake in Canada.
It is harmless to humans. Habitat loss due to agriculture and urbanization
is the main reason for the species' decline. Parks Canada is working with
partners to protect this species.
POSITION: Species at Risk Assistant
LOCATION: St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada
I began working for Parks Canada in 2002 and I have dedicated
a majority of my time to the Eastern Ratsnake, which COSEWIC has designated
as threatened. I have always had a passion for the environment and conservation,
so working with Parks Canada has integrated well with my lifestyle and values.
I find that a large majority of people who work for Parks Canada do so because
they have a sincere concern for conservation and this reflects in the workplace.
With new projects and funding, efforts to increase and
protect the Eastern Ratsnake population are strengthening. St. Lawrence National
Park has recently acquired new land, which also presents the opportunity to
explore further options for species protection and public education. Partnerships
with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Queen’s University
Biological Station and regional landowners have enhanced the success of Eastern
Ratsnake projects within and adjacent to park boundaries.
To continually assist the Species at Risk program within
Parks Canada and specifically St. Lawrence Islands National Park, I would
like to see a consistent and dedicated effort made to involve regional residents
and other stakeholders in park projects. Their enthusiasm, positive actions
and support can dramatically alter the dire outlooks for many species at risk.