At 4:30 AM somewhere in Costa Rica’s rainforest, a teenage Sean was begrudgingly dragged by the socks from a peaceful slumber in an airy bungalow into the pre-dawn hum of the jungle. After a certain amount of vicious protest, the leader of this naturalist group turned and said “close your mouth and open your ears!” The dawn chorus of a hundred tropical songbirds soaked the air. Dozens of emerald, sapphire, and golden birds dripped from the branches around us and Sean was transfixed. Upon return to his homeland, Vermont, Sean discovered the forests here were also filled with treasures. Scarlet tanagers and indigo buntings adorned trees like hidden Christmas ornaments visible only to those who sought them out.

Addicted to unearthing all this treasure, Sean went to Vassar College to study biology and environmental studies. He researched Atlantic puffins in Maine, northern saw-whet owls in Idaho, pygmy-owls in Mexico, and Clark’s nutcrackers in Wyoming. Sean soon settled in the peripheries of Yellowstone National Park and began leading natural history safaris to share the region’s riches of wolves, bears, and eagles with inquisitive visitors and nature lovers. Each year when the ecotourism traffic in Yellowstone waned, Sean rounded up groups of the most passionate treasure hunters and traversed the frozen shores of the Hudson Bay to embrace its arctic royalty: polar bears, gyrfalcons, and arctic foxes.

He currently resides in Burlington Vermont, where he recently finished his M.S. in Natural Resources through the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Program at the University of Vermont.

Sean built this blog to share photographs, essays, and travelogues about issues he finds meaningful. He is an expedition leader for Natural Habitat Adventures/World Wildlife Fund.

Please enjoy this space, and feel free to leave comments!

The Green Man is an ancient icon depicting a man's face made of leaves and branches. Its exact origins are unknown, but the symbol is found across the world and throughout recorded history, often representing life, renewal, and the role of man in nature.


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