Natasha Barlow is Birds Canada’s Boreal Conservation Project Specialist. She recently graduated from her masters degree as part of the Fedy Lab at the University of Waterloo, where she researched the efficacy of using greater sage-grouse as an umbrella species at fine spatial scales, and the influence of landscape-scale habitat reclamation on sagebrush songbirds. The nature of her work has made her very aware of the interesting challenges that come with balancing human needs with natural resource protection. She is currently working to facilitate the protection of boreal birds, throughout North America where they breed and overwinter. She believes that by studying birds, it can allow us to rectify the disconnect between scientists and the general public, providing an avenue where we can have those difficult conversations about conservation that need to be had.