Sean Beckett grew up exploring the woods of northern Vermont. His love for the outdoors developed into a love of birdwatching, avian ecology and environmental education. He graduated from Vassar College in upstate New York with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. For several summers he worked for the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin conserving and monitoring Atlantic puffins, arctic terns, and other northern Atlantic seabirds. When the seabirds weren't nesting he traveled across the United States researching and catching owls, hawks, and songbirds. His research on small forest owl migration can now be found in leading ornithology journals. Eager to continue conservation research, he moved into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to work as a conservation cartographer, mapping and radio-tracking species like mule deer, pika, mountain lions, Clark's nutcrackers, and nesting songbirds.
Sean's research background in wildlife ecology and interpretive work with Teton Science School make him especially well suited to facilitate amazing nature and wildlife encounters for his guests. As a Nat Hab guide, Sean has led numerous private and small-group safaris across Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. He likes to share the excitement of hands-on scientific inquiry as a means to foster knowledge of the natural world. For instance, Sean may teach his guests about fire ecology by melting the resin off a serotinous cone with a lighter, or demonstrate the waterproofing and insulating qualities of fur by having them pour water over a beaver pelt. In every setting, he seeks to move travelers over the line from removed observation to a direct and intimate engagement with nature.
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Sean's subject knowledge was incredible. Very well spoken with a voice that held your attention! He gave very detailed answers to every question which was much appreciated. He picked up on little things that held the children's attention and figured out the things that we were interested in (wildflowers for me). He then added items to the trip that would make it more enjoyable for all of us. Very caring individual and he could explain items to the children in a way that they picked up a great deal of information."
"Sean is a wealth of information and was one of the best guides that I've had. He was definitely an above and beyond kind of guy."
"Sean's enthusiasm was evident the entire trip amongst many other qualities - professional, knowledgeable, ability to inspire, effective communicator. This made for an incredibly enjoyable, comfortable, and energetic expedition. Couldn't have asked for a better leader."
"Sean was an exceptional guide. His spotting skills and knowledge of Yellowstone's wildlife was remarkable. Not only have I gained insight into the world of wolves and the interplay between their families, but I have come away with much improved camera skills thanks to Sean's tuition. He was attentive to our needs and safety at all times, especially around wildlife. Confident, calm, endless patience and some great stories!!"
"Sean was amazing - the depth and breadth of his knowledge coupled with his enthusiasm and energy made the trip an educational delight. He was able to stay professional while also being fun and funny. Can't say enough. And his home-cooked breakfasts were such an extra treat."