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photo credit – Andrés Rein Baldursson 

Ailsa Ross is writing at NES for the month of July. She is writing about geese? Seals? The past? All those things. 

Ailsa previously worked in conservation – and now writes about nature, art and adventure for the Guardian, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, and BBC History. 

Her first book (non-fiction for kids) is called The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women

While Ailsa lives on Treaty 8 land in Canada’s Jasper National Park, when she closes her eyes she often sees puffins—a common affliction among people who’ve grown up on Scotland’s northeast coast.

She is grateful to have been supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

She says she likes getting messages, so please feel free to message her about anything. Clouds. Foxes. Anything. Her contact details are at