About the Author

I’ve devoted much of my life to helping people reconnect with the natural world.  The details that drive ecosystems have always fascinated me and this fuelled my studies through three university degrees, culminating in a Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta (Canada). After all those years in school, one might say I’m a glutton for punishment, but I really just enjoy learning. I also love to share that knowledge with anyone and anything willing to listen.

After five years in Alberta, completing my doctorate, I was suffering from ‘lake deprivation’. Alberta may have some lovely vistas, but they don’t have many lakes to speak of. So, I came home to Manitoba, creating a position for myself as Naturalist/Program Director at a newly-renovated resort on my beloved Lake Winnipeg. There, I developed and delivered nature-based programming to groups ranging from children to business executives to biologists. I’m now jumping off the figurative cliff and building that experience into my own business: Second Nature, Adventures in Discovery. This new venture offers nature-based tourism and educational experiences for visitors to Manitoba’s Interlake region and beyond. Second Nature also offers private naturalist services for those wanting to discover the world around them, starting in their own backyard.

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12 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Great blog and welcome to the Nature Blog Network. I didn’t have to read your bio to know you were a well schooled naturalist. Your photos are excellent and the text more than informative. Hope to see many more of your posts. I especially like your post about the sub-nivial world….the one that those evil snowmobliles destroy!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Steve,
      It’s great to meet you. I’m glad you find my work informative. Your compliment on my photos means a lot coming from someone of your talent.

      I’m particularly fascinated by the subnivian world. With winter lasting at least 5 months up here, there’s a lot of time to consider it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I can see myself spending rather a large amount of time reading your blog, Heather. Fantastic posts and equally lovely photos. I’m going to have to take notes. xoxo

    • Thanks, Ailsa. I’m glad you like it so far. One of the great things about nature is that you never run out of subjects to photograph and write about. It will be fun to compare notes.

  3. As someone who grew up in Northern Minnesota, only 90 miles south of Winnipeg, I didn’t appreciate the region’s beauty until I had moved away and come back. I know that people visualize it as just a prairie, flat and featureless, but Manitoba and Minnesota have features that amaze me in their woods and lakes and tall grasses.

    Thanks for this blog.

    • I can’t speak for Minnesotans, but I know that Manitobans are notorious for undervaluing what we have. The province is one of the most diverse in the country, ranging from the flat expanses of prairie that everyone knows from the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg, to the rolling hills of the escarpment in the west, jagged granite cliffs of the east and endless stretches of boreal forest to the north. We are blessed with thousands of lakes, both great and small and even a bit of ocean coast in the tundra in the north.

      I’m truly proud to live in such a beautiful place and I’m glad you are too. Thanks for taking the time to say, Mike. It’s nice to meet you.

  4. Hi from Flowery Prose! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! Your nomination is on my Virtual Bouquets tab. (If you’re not participating in these awards, please accept my sincere apologies).

    • Hi Sheryl,
      Thanks very much for the nominations! I was not familiar with these awards and how they worked until your post. I really am touched that you would include my blog in your list of favourites. I’m not activity participating in this process, but I’ll try and do my part when life calms down a little. Thanks again, very much.

  5. I am really enjoying looking around your blog, consider me subscribed! I think I will be spending a lot of time on here reading back on all the great posts I have to catch up on! 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m very glad you’re enjoying it and it’s lovely to have you along. Both of these blogs are a labour of love for me, just from two different perspectives. This one’s been around for a while now and I’m rather long-winded, so you’ve got a lot to read 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

      • I plan to get cracking on reading as many posts as I can get my hands on after I finish my animal diversity exam next week, then there shall be an incoming blog stalk 😀 when its long winded and about animal’s/the environment, all the better I say! 🙂

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