Driving to Baja (Part 2): Ecosystem Connected & Species Lost & Found

I have to admit that driving to the Baja Californias in Mexico was a grand way to set the tone for a sea kayaking adventure, despite my initial reservations expressed in the first post of this series. We covered a … Read More

Electric Fences Make Good Neighbours—for People and Bears

For Halloween, some of my neighbours entertain spooky creatures and they have tombstones and cobwebs in their yards. Me? I’m an outlier; at this time of year, I go for something shocking—yet practical—in our yard. Each year, I put up … Read More

Policy Sciences Process for Problem Solving: An Aha Moment

While talking to a young scientist, keen to continue building her career specializing in carnivore conservation, I was reminded that today is an exciting day for a bunch of professionals that I know who are interested in solving complex and … Read More

Compost and Bears: Black Gold and Gold Diggers

For people and bears, and the environment that sustains us, it pays to consider and weigh options for composting. One of the greatest rewards of spending decades immersed in my career as a wildlife ecologist has been perspective. With each … Read More

Recreation and Bears: Human–Bear Management

Over course of a career and thousands of kilometres, I’ve reveled in plenty of fresh air and rigorous exercise doing risk assessments of human–bear interactions for Parks Canada, B.C. Parks, and U.S. Parks. The fieldwork formed the basis of recommendations … Read More

Carnivore Conservation: Evolving Perspectives

Carnivore conservation is complex and challenging, to say the least. Sometimes, it’s outright contentious. Among the most valuable lessons I have learned, is that people and their perspectives matter—a lot. For me, applying this knowledge, in practice, is a work … Read More

Finding Reliable Information About Bears

Through my work, I have experienced firsthand many of the challenges faced by a growing contingent of people dedicated to helping others live, work, and recreate more peacefully with bears. A major concern is poorly informed problem solving. Missing information … Read More

Time for an Introduction…

I’ll introduce myself by telling you a bit about how my career as a wildlife ecologist found me, where it took me, and how I would like to take what I have learned to work with others in my community. … Read More