Sarah Keefer


Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study Wildlife Biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

As a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, Sarah is honored to be a Year of the Bird Ambassador, and hopes to convey the fascinating natural history, biology, and conservation needs of our planet’s remarkable birdlife. And as a National Geographic Certified Field Educator, she is excited to encourage families and kids to express their innate curiosity in the environment by becoming explorers, storytellers, and responsible global citizens.

In an effort to further engage an audience of a compassionate community, Sarah works with the University of Minnesota to offer programming on ecology, geology, botany, wildlife, biodiversity, and interpretation. She also advocates for habitat restoration, community stewardship through citizen science, and implementation of best-practices for climate resiliency.

When she isn’t on an expedition, you might find Sarah gazing at the night sky, dog sledding a winter trail, or savoring the dawn song of an American robin. 

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