Heather is a spirited ecologist, adventurer, saver of animals, 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 wildlife field technician, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she concentrated on marine mammals. Heather worked on the Salish Sea as a whale-watching captain and marine educator for years. She specialized in killer whale identification, behavior, and biology. Heather also logged two seasons in Alaska’s stunning Kenai Fjords National Park working as a vessel captain, marine science educator, and guide for Austin Adventures (AA).
Heather also has a strong background in non-profit work. When she lived in Texas she helped found and run the first-ever eco-therapy non-profit in the state. She has also worked in animal rescue and rehabilitation for years. Currently, Heather is working towards starting her own a 501(c)3. rescue and sanctuary in Vermont. Though her adventures have taken her far and wide in North America, she was raised in Vermont and is still every bit of a small-town girl. When she’s not traveling, you can find her in a country setting spending time with her horses, dogs, and other farm animals. In Vermont, she works for a veterinary hospital as a technician (large and small animal) and also trains horses professionally. Teaching about the many facets of horsemanship to the younger generations is one of her all-time passions.
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. This will be Heather’s third year guiding for AA, and she can’t wait to connect with you.
What’s Your Favorite Vacation Destination?
? Anywhere where there is wilderness to explore, images to be taken, wildlife to be encountered, and memories can be made.
What’s Your Favorite Hike?
So many to choose from … Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is high on the list!
What’s Your Favorite Bike Ride?
The West Side of San Juan Island! Anywhere where one can experience marine and terrestrial mammals at the same time has my vote.
His Dark Materials series based on the books written by Philip Pullman
The Boy, the Mole, the FFox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Ends of the Earth by Lord Huron
When Did You First Catch the Travel Bug?
I think I was born to experience new places, people, wildlife, and landscapes; I think we all are to a certain extent.
What are your Hobbies?
I have many. Like most outdoor adventure guides, I love almost everything outside: swimming, hiking with my dogs, kayaking, exploring the wilderness, boating, slacklining, snowshoeing, etc. I’m extremely passionate about gardening, horseback riding, and photography though