Anne is a Mechanical Engineer, now retired from more than 30 years with ExxonMobil, who considers herself a life-long naturalist. She started scuba diving as a teenager and was quickly interested in the marine environment, firstly in the UK, which has a rich marine diversity, then traveling to warmer oceans and coral reefs, which led her to an appreciation of the inter-connectedness of nature. In 1996, while working in New Jersey she started birding as a result of visiting such hot spots as Cape May.
Moving to Loudoun County in 2014, she bought a 3-acre mostly wooded property. Her immediate concern was how to best manage the property to preserve and enrich its value as wildlife habitat and that led her to sign up for the Virginia Master Naturalist program. Loudoun Wildlife’s Audubon at Home program was the next natural step and her property was certified as such in 2015. She is now active with the program as an Ambassador. She sees Loudoun Wildlife’s focus on locally preserving and restoring wildlife habitat as a tremendous example of “Think Global, Act Local,” which in these uncertain times for environmental protection has the potential to be of enormous significance.