Our Staff

Sara Pearce Meijerink - Head Biologist

Sara originally started her career working with reptiles in Ontario. However, one crazy summer working with birds changed her life forever. With over a decade of field experience her career has taken her across the country and overseas before she finally arrived at the BBO. Starting off as an enthusiastic volunteer in 2012, she eventually became staff in 2017, before becoming the Head Biologist in 2019. When not in the field, Sara fills her time going on adventures with her dog Taiga and caring for her orchid collection. Her favourite bird is the first species she ever banded - the adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl. 


Shane Abernethy - Assistant Biologist

Shane started work at BBO in 2020, after entering the world of ornithology several years before in his home province of Ontario. When he's not working with birds he enjoys fencing and playing trumpet. He is the creator and ongoing producer of the BirdBytes video series, and manages BBO's banding livestreams. His favourite bird is the American Kestrel.


Jon Van Arragon - Assistant Biologist

Jon became a member of the BBO staff in 2020 after being a regular volunteer for several years. His interest in birds started at the BBO and he completed the Young Ornithologist's workshop in 2017. During the banding season he has been known to bombard his coworkers with all manner of puns, feather or not it's appropriate. Outside of the field he enjoys backpacking, baking, and musicals. His favourite birds are the Bohemian Waxwing and the Hermit Warbler.


Jana Teefy - Assistant Biologist

Jana started her journey with BBO as a volunteer in 2018. She was hired as a field technician for the summer of 2021 and is excited to return when her Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation schooling is completed in 2022. Aside from birds, she enjoys hiking, camping, and photography. Black-Capped Chickadees are her favourite bird, despite having experienced the pain of extracting them from mist nets. 



 Myrthe Van Brempt - Long Term Volunteer

Myrthe is our international volunteer for the current field season and found her way from Belgium to BBO through her passion for owls. She has been involved in research and volunteering work with owls, diurnal raptors and songbirds in Europe. Besides spending time outdoors, Myrthe enjoys backpacking, painting, yoga and cooking. Her favourite birds are Northern Hawk Owls and Boreal Owls.