Board of Directors NatureNB
Meet our board
Composed of 11 nature enthusiasts and educators, our board of directors strives to conserve New Brunswick’s natural heritage.
I am a writer, an organic farmer and gardener, a coach in cross country skiing and biathlon, and a lifelong naturalist. I have been a long-term member of the Restigouche Naturalists’ Club and a founding member of the Jacquet River Nature Club, a steward for the Restigouche Estuary IBA, and an active promoter of the wonders of Restigouche County.
Don MacPhailPast President
A birder since age 13, my career in the international energy business has taken me to natural areas that are far from the usual travel destinations. I feel fortunate to have had those experiences but also fortunate to have been able to support the natural areas of New Brunswick by serving with the Saint John Naturalists Club, the Wildlife Trust Fund and Nature NB. My wife, Ann, and I now spend a lot of our time restoring a tract of forest and coastline on an island in the Bay of Fundy.
I work in the field of environmental protection. I like to spend time in nature–hiking, cycling, and observing. Nature NB serves a public role I support and value: educating and engaging people, and helping preserve New Brunswick’s natural heritage. And from a personal perspective, the organization provides lots of opportunities to learn from experts who share their knowledge as passionately as they study and love the natural world.
I am a sort-of-retired professor of wildlife ecology at UNB. I have lived in NB since 1994; after working in various other parts of the world I came to Canada from the U.K. in 1983, working in Ottawa and Saskatoon for the Canadian Wildlife Service. My passion is birds and I still work with colleagues and graduate students doing research on Bicknell’s Thrush and seabirds.
I am a retired nurse and healthcare project manager. Having lived in seven provinces and traveled to many countries, I developed an interest in their unique natural habitats. For the past 8 years I have lived in NB and am currently the past president of the Saint John Naturalists Club. I am keen to learn more about Nature NB, its contributions to the province and its relationships with other conservation groups.