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Guide Biography:

Heather is a spirited marine science educator, ecologist, adventurer, and professional photographer. She has a background in wildlife ecology with a keen interest in behavioral sciences. After working with various mammals in North America as a terrestrial wildlife field technician, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she worked in the Salish Sea as a whale watching captain and marine educator for four years. During this time, she shifted her focus from terrestrial wildlife to killer whales and other marine mammals.  She specialized in killer whale identification, behavior, and biology. In 2017, Heather logged her first season in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park working as a vessel captain and marine science educator. She is excited to start her first chapter inspiring those in search of epic adventures and education through Austin Adventures.

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Though her adventures have taken her far and wide, she was raised in small-town Vermont and is still every bit of a small-town girl. Heather has had a passion for equine studies and training from an early age. When she’s not traveling or spending time with her favorite killer whales, you can find her off an old dirt road at a quiet barn spending time with her horse and dogs. Though we live in a world where wild spaces are becoming increasingly rare to explore, Heather envisions a bright future for us all; one full of life, color, and the endless possibilities of becoming lost, and finding oneself, in and amongst nature.

 

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Heather's Guide Survey

What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Alaska, Norway, South Africa, and Antartica.

What’s your favorite hike?

So many to choose from...I'm going to bend the rules here and add in my favorite places to hike: Denali National Park, Jasper National Park, Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island, and the Firry Furnace in Arches National Park.

What’s your favorite bike ride?

The west side of San Juan Island, easily. Anywhere where you can see whales, terrestrial mammals, birds of prey, amazing scenery and sunsets has my vote!

Favorite movie?

I'm definitely in love with the Outland series, don't lie, you know you are too!

Favorite book?

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Favorite song?

Ends of the Earth by Lord Huron

When did you first catch the travel bug?

I was literally born to travel! I live to experience diverse wildlife, new cultures, and wild landscapes.

What are your hobbies?

The better question is what aren't my hobbies?! I've been known to try anything, but my most favorite activities are always outside. These are a few of my favorite things: working with horses and trail riding in the mountains, whale watching at sunset, fishing, slacklining, hiking, snowshoeing, photography, swimming, camping, teaching, gardening, getting to know new people, traveling...you get the idea :)     heather    

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