Wendy’s passions are travel, nature and
communication, which intersect in her position as Nat Hab's head writer, editor and grammarian. A Northwest native, Wendy got hooked on the Colorado sunshine and powder snow when she came out from Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Colorado. Wendy has worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter and
editor and was previously a professor and researcher with the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU-Boulder. Before getting her master’s in journalism and Ph.D. in communication and 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 private custom trips for friends she often accompanies, a pursuit that has taken her hiking in the High Caucasus of Georgia, into the Bolivian Amazon by dugout canoe, trekking in the Andes of Peru and the Annapurnas of Nepal, overland in Botswana by 4x4 Land Cruiser, and across 115 miles of Mongolian steppe on a horse, drinking 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, sitting face to face with a silverback gorilla in the Congo rain forest, and watching brown bears catch salmon in wild glacial rivers in Alaska's Katmai National Park
. She chafes if she's stuck at home for more than a couple months at a time, which has helped her get to more than 65 countries on all seven continents, including eight Canadian provinces and all 50 states. On memorable adventures with Nat Hab, Wendy has kayaked among gigantic icebergs at Base Camp Greenland, logged 152 bird species in the forests of Costa Rica, tracked lemurs in Madagascar and witnessed the Great Migration in the Serengeti, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and zebra. In addition to blogging for Nat Hab & WWF's Good Nature Travel
, she has also written for WWF's World Wildlife
magazine and the travel blogs of the Adventure Collection, Huffington Post and
Budget Travel, as well as occasional freelance features.
Wendy and her husband have a son and daughter who are also avid adventurers and nature lovers, and they share their home with an Alaskan malamute and her companion cat. When Wendy isn't traveling the world in her head for her job at Nat Hab, you'll find her skiing and hiking, road-tripping around the West, frequenting farmers markets and artisan food shops for cooking inspiration, reading, following current affairs, and singing in community choral ensembles.