A Tennessee native, Teresa took a bold leap after graduating from college by moving to Germany to work on a forestry project just outside Nuernberg in Bavaria. Teresa’s experiences in this job strengthened her innate interest in the natural world and supported her belief in respectful coexistence with everything wild, forming the foundation for her future occupational pursuits across North America, Asia and Europe.
It was love at first breath of island air when Teresa first stepped foot on Vancouver Island, where she found the culmination of her personalized wabi-sabi philosophy in leading grizzly bear tours on mainland British Columbia. These days, she has her own driving lane at the border crossing and the passport control agents in Victoria simply roll their eyes.
Teresa is thrilled that her passions have become a career built upon sharing an untamed world with other nature enthusiasts who agree that the wilderness deserves reverence and dedicated preservation. She spends the vast majority of her year viewing bears—from the coasts of Alaska to the shorelines of Hudson Bay, she’s been a bear junkie since she got hooked in 2009. Now a permanent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, the wilds of British Columbia and Alaska are her office and her desk looks a lot like skiff with a small outboard.
Teresa has also guided walking wildlife tours of the breeding and molting beaches of southern elephant seals on Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia, Argentina, and educational wine-tasting tours in central California’s Paso Robles AVA region. These days, during the bears’ denning season, you can find her south of the border observing grey whales up and down the Pacific Coast as they make their annual migration from their feeding grounds in Alaska to their breeding grounds in Mexico.
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Teresa was amazing. Bears are her love, and she is extremely knowledgeable in their habits and evolution and behaviors and hiding places. She has a keen and expert eye at finding all tundra wildlife, and in having knowledge and expertise about all of them. She loves to tell jokes and keep everyone happy. Most of all, her calm and re- assuring demeanor was so re-assuring and helpful. She took care of everyone's needs without a flinch, and made sure we all had our desires and expectations met, if possible, and our needs attended to."
"I would recommend Teresa as an expedition leader to anyone that is visiting Churchill. She treated everyone with respect and took care of needs. Teresa went above what I expected on the first day. She changed plans so that we could go see if a mom and her cub was still in the reported area. Just off the plane and we get to see a mom and cub what a way to start. The rest of the trip was the same always getting us to the right place to see the action."
"Teresa was fabulous. She judged the activity level of the group and ensured that we were all having the best time. She knew what activities to plan and what to add in or drop. It was top notch and very professional!!!! It was how a first class customer should be treated at all times!"
"Teresa was very knowledgeable and passionate about her topics. She was very attentive to the needs/desires of each guest while still considering the group as a whole. She made sure each of us had a wonderful experience!"
"We have traveled on many "animal related" adventures/vacations. From Africa (8), Asia (2) and on our own in Mexico and Alaska. Teresa displayed a an exceptional knowledge of the Polar bears and her professionalism is above and beyond the norm. In Teresa, I believe you have an exceptional guide/leader under contract. She made the adventure truly enjoyable. Kudos to your company for making this a GREAT adventure."
"Teresa was exceptional in her knowledge of bears and their habitat. She provided ongoing informative chats throughout the trip especially while in the rover. Her sense of humor along with her pleasing personality enhanced the learning experience. In addition to the adventure experience, she was extremely helpful in altering our transport to the airport upon departure."
"Teresa was fantastic. She was extremely informative about the area, the culture, the bears and other mammals, and the history of the area. Additionally, she was a pleasure to be with ......just the right balance of good humor, attention and information without overdoing it. She was incredibly well organized and everything went like clockwork. The individual notes to each of us at the end was a lovely touch."
Upcoming Adventures with Teresa:
Polar Bears of Churchill