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Leah Magowan

Leah was born in England and began a life of adventure at an early age. After living in many remote areas, she now calls Alaska her home. Working as a guide, naturalist and Expedition Leader since 1996, her extensive knowledge and experience has afforded her the opportunity to train other guides in geology, anthropology, glaciology and ecology of the remote coastal waters of southeast Alaska. Working alongside Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the US Forest Service, she conducts educational programs in the field for Alaskan school teachers, taking them into the wilderness and educating them on bear biology, physiology and behavior. Leah has guided not only the full spectrum of Alaska from the southern reaches up to the northern Arctic rivers, from brown bears to polar bears, but she has also guided in places as remote as Papua New Guinea and Churchill, Canada.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

B. Hruska
"Can't say enough about Leah. She was absolutely top notch, the very best in every way! This trip - something I never thought I'd do - so exceeded my expectations, it's hard to put into words. I was overwhelmed and quietly moved to tears by the sighting of the bears on the first day on the Rover (Leah gave me a hug). We learned a lot and our group of 10 (plus the Northwestern rep and the guide) was great to be with and we're now all sharing hundreds of photos!"

K. Ringer
“Leah Magowan was first rate. She was one of the most prepared, conscientious guides I have ever had. I was constantly impressed at her attentiveness to our members of the group who might have required, or just desired, a little bit of extra attention. She never missed - Please don't ignore "sense of humor." She was a delight!"

M. Adamo
“Leah was terrific. She was knowledegable on all aspects of the bears, the culture, Churchill, other animals, as well as having a great sense of humor. Thanks Leah!"

H. McCarthy
“Leah was a most accomplished guide. Not only is she great with people and managing all the personalities but she is organized and facilitated all of our movements to and from with great efficiency. She is very knowledgeable about the bears and all of the wildlife we encountered. Her substantial wealth of knowledge made the trip more meaningful. I don't know how many of the guides make DVD of the trip for their "people' but she did and it was most thoughtful."

L. Schaefer
“I can't say enough about how important Leah was to making this a fantastic trip. Her knowledge of the wildlife and life in Churchill is immense but even more importantly, her energy and enthusiasm in sharing that knowledge was contagious and energizing for all of us. She made it perfectly OK for me to be a kid again when seeing not just my first bear but the upteenth bear and even get teary eyed when saying goodbye. She and our Polar Rover driver were a great team in finding the wildlife and getting us out to the right spots at the right time, even when it seemed a bit odd to us (what, no pictures first?), but they were always right and it made this a trip I will always treasure!"

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