Paula MacKay is a writer, field biologist, and communications consultant for conservation. She began her professional relationship with Wildlands Network more than 2 decades ago, when she served as a regional organizer for the Northeast office. She now helps manage communications from the Seattle office, coordinating special projects and editing content for print materials and the website.
Paula grew up near Walden Pond. After earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont, she became an environmental activist in Washington, D.C. Her work as a whale campaigner with Greenpeace inspired her to study right whales at sea, where she developed a passion for field research. She met her husband, Robert Long, while taking graduate courses in wildlife ecology at University of Maine. For the past 15 years, Paula has surveyed bears, wolverines, and other wild predators with Robert, who was also her co-editor for Noninvasive Survey Methods for Carnivores (Island Press, 2008). Paula has written for numerous books, magazines, and organizations, and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with an MFA in creative writing in 2015.
Paula shares a woodsy home on Bainbridge Island with her husband and a wily husky mix named Alder. She spends as much time as possible hiking in the North Cascades and Olympic Mountains. When she’s not in the wilderness, Paula enjoys gardening, reading, taking local walks in the forest, and the not-so-wild perks of living near a great city.