Helen Panter - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Helen Panter, Public Outreach Officer, Wood Buffalo National Park, Parks Canada

Presentation: Whooping Cranes — How Does it Feel to be Born in Wood Buffalo National Park?

Bio: Helen Panter is a 13-year veteran at Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories in Canada.

“I don’t often have the opportunity to fly by airplane or helicopter over Wood Buffalo National Park, but when I do, I feel very privileged to witness the majestic  Whooping Cranes from the air in their natural habitat. Back on the ground, during hikes at Wood Buffalo’s Salt Plains, I am one of the lucky people who gets to see them every year where they raise their fledglings,” Panter says.

Panter’s bachelor’s degree is in French culture and literature, languages and translation at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. But after graduation she wanted something out of the ordinary and the Canadian North called her. She says that when she moved to Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, “I fell in love with the area, the people, the culture and Wood Buffalo National Park!”

Today Panter serves as Public Outreach Officer at Wood Buffalo, where she presents programs on Whooping Cranes, their habitat and their way of life in Wood Buffalo National Park, where the cranes nest, lay their eggs and raise their fledglings in preparation for the autumn flight to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.