Passionate about wildlife, Katie has dedicated her life to conservation and education. She has worked with the National Parks, Fish and Wildlife Service, private and non-profit organizations researching wild animals and presenting information to the public as a naturalist and guide. Her work and insatiable wanderlust have brought her from researching Bobolinks in New England to coqui frogs in Hawaii- from Eiders in the Arctic near Barrow, Alaska to Killer Whales in Monterey California and the San Juan Islands in Washington, and dozens of amazing places in between. When she’s moving from one side of the country to the other for some new exciting job she is thrilled to take a road trip visiting as many National Parks as possible along the way. To date, she’s zig-zagged her way across North America five times!
Katie grew up on a dirt road in the middle of the woods in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a rural region known these days as the heart of Vermont’s local food movement. Daughter of a dairy farmer and a journalist for the local paper, her family spent weekends during the summer hiking, kayaking, or splitting wood. Instead of going to theme parks her big family vacation was to hike the bottom of Grand Canyon, and more importantly back out. Katie has taken that upbringing to heart and to this day loves nothing more than experiencing true wilderness and sharing her adoration for animals with others.
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Kruger National Park, South Africa; Serengeti National Park, Tanzania; Denali National Park, Alaska; Ranthambore National Park, India- all for their incredible wildlife! I haven’t been to Antarctica or New Zealand yet, but they are at the top of my wishlist!
What’s your favorite hike?
The Long Trail
What’s your favorite bike ride?
Just about anywhere along the back dirt roads in northern New England during the fall
Guardians of the Galaxy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Star Wars IV-VI, One Piece is a show rather than a movie but it’s absolutely my favorite anime!
Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglass Adams, Kingkiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Golden Compass, Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony- overall just about any epic fantasy or science fiction series!
Favorite song? band(s)?
I love to sing along to anything by Pink Martini, Imagine Dragons, Cake, the Beatles, and just about any classic rock!
When did you first catch the Travel bug?
For as long as I can remember! My entire life I’ve loved exploring the great outdoors. When I was a kid it was usually just a weekend trip to camp somewhere along the Maine coast, but as I have gotten older now all I can think about is planning my next big trip!
What are your hobbies?
Photography, skiing, hiking, and kayaking; reading, drawing and editing photos when it’s too nasty to go outside!