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Annie Van Dinther

Annie began her career as a naturalist on a whale-watching vessel off Cape Cod. With degrees in biology and geology, and with her enthusiasm for teaching and understanding animal behavior, she eventually became head naturalist. The rich waters of Stellwagen Bank provided the perfect classroom to lead field courses in marine biology and research humpback whales. NHA discovered Annie in 1999, and she has been inspiring travelers ever since. Her contagious curiosity and devotion to deep observation of our natural world permeate every adventure she leads. With a focus on Canada, Annie has guided trips to see polar bears and belugas in Churchill; Spirit bears, brown bears and whales in British Columbia; harp seals in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands; and whales and birds in Newfoundland. She has also guided trips in Mexico, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska. An award-winning writer, Annie now lives in Alaska where she divides her professional time between writing, guiding sea kayak trip, and leading Natural Habitat adventures.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

L & B Rizzotti
“She added so much to an exciting adventure. Top-notch dedication and a great leader! Lots of laughs too!!!”

D. Srembo
“WOW! We were a lucky group to have such a wonderful guide. She answered all questions and provided information in depth! Worked hard to help serve food, prepare lectures and see to the group’s every need and spent extra time with all of the group individually to answer questions they might have. That personal touch made the trip so much better! The trip will remain a lovely memory for me!”

J. Crowe
“Annie was a superb guide. We’ve been on a large number of expeditions like this one, and she ranks right up there among the best guides we’ve ever had.”

M. Walkoski
“Exceptional and certainly beyond my expectations in all categories…made the trip a real pleasure!”

K. Berry
“Hardworking, friendly, and with a considerable amount of local knowledge. An outstanding leader.”

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