U of G alumna Laura Burns is a conservation biologist at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo. She is a recipient of this year’s Future 40 Awards, sponsored by CBC Manitoba. She was feature in a CBC story on the awards.
Burns, who is from southern Ontario, has a B.Sc.(’10) and a M.Sc. (’13) from U of G.
Burns considers her work at the Zoo a dream job. At this time she is working to save the Poweshiek skipperling, a small butterfly with a portly body and yellow-orange wings that is close to extinction. It only survives in the wild in Manitoba and Michigan. Burns is part of a team that successfully bred the species in captivity.
“It had never been done before anywhere,” said Burns.
CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 Awards recognizes the achievements of 40 Manitobans age 40 and younger who make outstanding professional or service contributions to the community and who are making a difference in the lives of Manitobans.