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We all love and appreciate nature, and gardeners, perhaps, understand better than others the complex relationships we have with wildlife. Join Geoff as he shares his thoughts on living with and near wildlife as we develop our own beautiful gardens. What can you do to encourage (and maybe sometimes discourage) them to share your space with you?


Geoff’s interest in nature started when he was 13 when he would wander through the woods and countryside near his home in northern Ontario, learning about nature first hand. Educated at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, he studied zoology and biological sciences. Recently retired, he worked for over 33 years with the Canadian Ministry of the Environment. In his spare time, he maintained an active personal life where he taught nature and pesticides courses at community colleges and led nature trips. He is a widely published author in nature and science magazines and books; writes a bi-weekly nature column; and worked as an interpretive guide in several national parks. 

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Geoff ‘s first book was about the Mammals of Peterborough County. For years, Geoff was heavily involved with the Peterborough Field Naturalists club for years, being past-President and a long-time resident of Peterborough.

Geoff’s latest triumph is the publication of his second book – “Antarctica – First Journey”, a resource guide for Antarctic travellers, honouring the many times he has visited that exotic continent.  He has travelled the world, visiting approximately 80 countries on all seven continents, where he has shared time with Polar Bears, Amazonian snakes and piranhas, observed the private lives of lions, avoided riots in Venezuela, hiked the Andes, camped with Pademelons in Australia, walked with penguins, searched for endemics in Colombia, traversed the Northwest Passage, stared into the eyes of gorillas, and canoed Ontario’s northern lakes.  Being an expedition guide and interpretative leader helps him build on his lifelong passion for nature. He has led numerous trips to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Taiwan, Svalbard, Russia & Alaska, Cuba, Borneo, Greenland, the Galapagos, Tanzania, and more.  Currently he is guiding for Vikings Expedition cruises. Join Geoff as he shares his knowledge of wild things and places, delivered with caring and thoughtful attention to you his clients!

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