I came North more than 35 years ago, my head full of book knowledge about northern landscapes and cultures. After experimenting with government jobs for a few years, I hungered for a deeper, experiential knowledge of the land and for ways to share that knowledge with others. And so I struck out on my own as a freelance naturalist and writer.
Over the past two decades, I made a deliberate shift away from highly technical, scientific publications in ecology to more popular works that promote wider appreciation and wise use of nature. I try to harness the magic power of story to translate scientific and cultural concepts or issues into a format that is accessible, entertaining and inspiring to readers of all ages.
Whether writing about bears, birds, snow, rocks, forest fires, climate change, habitat loss, history, or indigenous shamanism, my books promote environmental literacy and empowerment through the element of storytelling. I also love to share these stories first hand to audiences everywhere, which is the best way to educate and inspire people to get involved and promote their own change.