Meet our Board of Directors
Composed of nature enthusiasts and educators, our Board of Directors strives to conserve New Brunswick’s natural heritage
Upper Canadians by birth, my family and I made a big move and made New Brunswick our home back in 2001. Birding since the age of 10, I brought my passion for nature with me and truly enjoy the natural history New Brunswick offers. Outside of my professional life I stay in tune with this aspect of my interest in nature through involvement with the Saint John Naturalist Club, the (former) NB Trails, and of course: Nature NB.
Anne Marie Leger
Bird watching was my introduction to the beauty and fragility of the world around us, sparking an interest in conservation and education. I became involved in Citizen Science in the Toronto area where my husband and I worked and raised our children. We feel fortunate that we could retire and live beside the beautiful Restigouche River. Enjoying retirement, I am looking forward to participating in education and conservation efforts as a Director of Nature NB.
I am currently a working member of the Aster Group, an environmental workers cooperative, s a wildlife biologist and environmental educator. Not too long ago, my partner Sabine Dietz and I co-directed the species at risk program on the Acadian Peninsula for Nature NB. You can usually find me taking walks in older forest, admiring the natural sights and sounds.
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.
I moved to Miramichi from Alberta in 2012 and I am very glad that I did! I had a deep appreciation and love of nature before, but now it is enhanced by all that there is to see, do, and learn here in New Brunswick and the Maritimes. I am a keen birder, and every year I challenge myself to improve so I can do my own big year. I retired a year and a half ago so now I can devote all my time to nature!
I came to Moncton in 2008 from Paris to work in the translation industry. Since 2015, my spouse and I have been more and more interested in eating healthier, reducing our wastes, protecting nature and getting to know New Brunswick and its diversity. I’ve been translating for Nature NB for over a year now. I also do wildlife photography, birding, gardening and plan on building my little backyard nursery to share and protect our native species, and hopefully, recreate as much lost habitat as possible.
Born in Halifax, educated in Nova Scotia and Ontario, I was a YMCA camp counsellor and a registered nurse, working mostly in operating rooms and intensive care units. Later, I was a project manager for the Department of Health in NS and the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University. In 2010, I retired with my husband to my great grandparents property in NB: a major fixer upper on the Saint John River! We then joined the Saint John Naturalists Club (SJNC), enjoying the learning opportunities about natural habitats in NB. Currently, I am a SJNC past president and a former committee member of the Point Lepreau Bird Observatory, looking forward to learning more through Nature NB.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. I have worked in the fields of ornithology, environmental advocacy and education, and sustainable transportation for organizations including CPAWS-NS, the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, the Ecology Action Centre, and Active and Safe Routes to School. My interests include sewing, camping, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and pretty much any other type of outdoor adventure. I live in Fredericton with my husband, three young daughters, and a Portuguese Water Dog of questionable intelligence.
As Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology at UNB since 1994, I supervised over 50 graduate students in forest bird and seabird ecology, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2016. Before that I had been senior chair of a wildlife research network involving Canadian Wildlife Service and Memorial and Acadia Universities as well as UNB. I came to NB from Saskatoon where I had been director of CWS’s Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre since 1988, where I had moved from CWS in Ottawa. Before 1983 I was based in Oxford in the U.K. and carried out ecological research there and in Kenya, the Seychelles, and the West Indies, working for ICBP (now BirdLife International), Universities of Oxford and Nairobi, and my Ph.D at Aberdeen University. My wife Dorothy and I live near Stanley on 100 acres of ‘farm woodlot’ which we are trying to restore to Acadian forest.