Kathleen Blanchard is Founder and President of Intervale Associates, a nonprofit conservation organization in Newfoundland and Labrador, with the mission to conserve biodiversity while working to protect the integrity of rural livelihoods. Intervale takes its name from the fertile meadows of the Codroy Valley. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and was an Adjunct Faculty member of McGill University for several years. She has served on the boards of several conservation organizations, including Bird Studies Canada, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Education and Communication. She worked for 25 years for the Quebec-Labrador Foundation and served as President of QLF Canada.
Kathleen is a life-long advocate of stewardship, which she attributes to her colourful ancestors who were pioneering trappers, sea captains, sealers, and salmon outfitters in the Codroy Valley and coastal Labrador. As a speaker, author, and producer of documentary nature videos, she has worked to convince others of stewardship’s effectiveness for conservation. Her passion is seabirds and remote seabird islands. For two decades, she directed an award-winning seabird program along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. She began her career transporting puffin chicks from Witless Bay, NL, and rearing them on a tiny island in the Gulf of Maine, where puffins have now re-colonized.
Kathleen Blanchard was elected SAM Vice-President at the 2017 SAM Fall Meeting hosted by the Town of Grand Falls - Windsor.