Bio

Scott Leslie

My interest in  nature stems from a childhood exploring the woods and shorelines near my home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It was not until later, after I discovered a passion for birds, that I began developing as a naturalist.

After graduating with a degree in economics, I picked up a camera for the first time and quickly became engrossed in making photographs.

In 1992 I co-founded, with a handful of other concerned naturalists, an organization called the Tobeatic Wilderness Committee (TWC). The TWC fought to protect the largest virgin wilderness in the Canadian Maritime Provinces. It was at this point that I began to see how the power of images and words could achieve conservation goals and educate the public about the natural world. My photographs and articles were used extensively to help win the support of Canadians for the Tobeatic's preservation. In 1995, the 250,000 acre Tobeatic Wilderness was designated as a protected wilderness area.

 

In addition to my topside work, I have over 3000 dives as a photographer, a diving instructor, and a commercial sea urchin diver in Canada's Bay of Fundy.

 

Throughout my life and career, the welfare of all wild living things and the places they call home (simply, biodiversity) have been and continue to be my main passion.

I have won several awards for photography and writing, including two  Atlantic Journalism Awards, a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine Award, and The DOPPS International Bird Photography competition in Europe, among others.

My work has been published in dozens of publications throughout the world. I am author of seven books including Bay of Fundy: A Natural Portrait; Wetland Birds of North America; Woodland Birds of North America; Sea and Shorebirds of North America; Grassland and Desert Birds of North America; 100 Under 100: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Living Things, and Untamed Atlantic Canada. I live with my wife Paula and our animal companions near the edge of the Nova Scotia wilderness in Bear River.

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