Wendy’s passions are travel, nature
and communication, which intersect in her position as Nat Hab's chief writer and editor. A Northwest native who got hooked on the Colorado sunshine and powder snow when she came out from Seattle for grad school, Wendy lives in Boulder. She has worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter
and editor and was previously a college professor and researcher with the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before getting her master’s in journalism and Ph.D. in media studies at CU, Wendy was a tour director in Alaska, Canada, the western U.S. and New England. She also worked in operations management and sales in the Alaska and Canadian Rockies tourism industry.
Wendy enjoys arranging custom trips for private groups that she often accompanies, a pursuit that has taken her trekking in the High Caucasus of Georgia, into the Bolivian Amazon by dugout canoe, through the jungles of Nepal on elephant back, overland in Botswana by 4x4 Land Cruiser, and across 115 miles of Mongolian steppe on a horse, sipping fermented mare’s milk with nomad families on the way. Among Wendy’s magical wildlife encounters are snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, getting sprayed by a humpback whale in Antarctica, and sitting face to face with a silverback gorilla in the Congo rain forest. Wendy chafes if she's stuck at home for more than a couple months at a time, which has helped her get to 56 countries, five territories, eight Canadian provinces and all 50 states. Mostly recently, she kayaked among epic icebergs at Nat Hab's Base Camp Greenland. In addition to blogging for Nat Hab & WWF's Good Nature Travel
, she also writes for the travel blogs of the Adventure Collection, Huffington Post, Budget Travel and Gaiam
Wendy and her husband have a son in college, a daughter in high school, two Alaskan malamutes and two cats. When she's not working, you will find Wendy skiing and hiking in the mountains, road-tripping around the West, frequenting farmers markets and artisan food shops for cooking inspiration, following current affairs, and singing in various community choral ensembles.