Michael Bradstreet, Senior Vice-president, New Conservation Strategies (Photo courtesy of Michael Bradstreet)
Senior Vice-president, New Conservation Strategies
Michael Bradstreet developed a passion for conservation and wildlife biology at a young age.
He first visited Norfolk County, Ontario when he was 14 years old to volunteer with the Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO). He was unaware then that he would return to Norfolk some years later to join the LPBO, now Bird Studies Canada (BSC), as its president.
Prior to joining LPBO/BSC, Michael worked for 14 years as a biologist for LGL Ltd. studying seabirds, fish, marine mammals and high Arctic ecosystems across Alaska, Canada and Greenland.
Michael has directed and conducted research on wildlife habitat and endangered species across Canada and has authored more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed literature. His fundraising efforts have contributed to many conservation successes, including the internationally recognized Bird Studies Canada headquarters and the Backus Woods Trust Fund.
Michael joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in 2005 as the regional vice-president for Ontario, where he began work on the Norfolk Forests and Long Point Wetlands project. To date, this project has secured more than 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) of prime Carolinian Canada habitat, with many of these properties now being restored.
In 2007, Michael became vice-president of conservation operations for NCC. He continues to raise funds and direct land securement and stewardship initiatives across Canada.
In 2016, Michael became the senior vice-president of new conservation strategies for NCC. He is responsible for sector-wide conservation initiatives, building networks for applied research, education and innovation in conservation, supporting community conservation programming, among many other responsibilities.