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Anne LaBastille, is an ecological consultant, writer, photographer and lecturer, who obtained her Ph.D. from Cornell in Wildlife Ecology, following an M.S. in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from Cornell. Currently president of West of the Wind Publications in Westport, New York, LaBastille has devoted her life to conservation of endangered wildlife, ecological studies of birds and mammals, preservation of wilderness and wildlands, international conservation projects, tropical rain forest, acid rain, and land and lake use planning. She is perhaps best known for her autobiographical Woodswoman trilogy, in which she explores her experiences building a cabin and leading a Thoreau-like existence in the Adirondacks. Woodswoman, Beyond Black Bear Lake, and Woodswoman III appeared in 1976, 1987, and 1997 respectively. Other publications include several non-fiction titles for children, Assignment: Wildlife, a book of essays, and Women and Wilderness, a series of profiles of wilderness women. In addition, she has published over 150 popular articles and more than 25 scientific papers.

A licensed Adirondack guide, LaBastille's research has taken her beyond the boundaries of the State Park to Central America, Panama, the Caribbean, South America, and the Florida Everglades. A member of the Wildlife Society, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Explorers Club, the Association for Tropical Biology, the Society of Women Geographers, the Cosmos Club and the New York State Outdoor Guides Association, LaBastille continues to research, write, publish and teach. She has won numerous awards, made numerous appearances on television and radio, and has lectured before a wide range of audiences.