Astri has been a nature nut for as long as she can remember. In fact, as a child she formed a club called “Bee Patrol,” whose primary goal was to educate her classmates on the role bees play in the pollination process and why killing them indiscriminately is wrong. When Astri began studying at Wilfrid Laurier University, she had intended to major in business or political science, however, she didn’t enjoy those classes as much as those in the environmental sciences. She switched her focus and also took a summer job as a tree planter, which she continued for 5 summers, planting forests in Northern Ontario, B.C. and Alberta. Astri later began her Master of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, travelling to Sweden for the summer of 2013 to study the adaptive capacity of Swedish reindeer herding communities. Having relocated to Essex County in 2015, Astri felt unfulfilled by the employment opportunities she found in the city, and jumped at the chance to have a new adventure on Pelee Island. Having never been to Pelee, she loaded up her car and moved for the summer. She loved it so much that she decided to return. The summer of 2018 will be her fourth season and she is more excited than ever! Sharing knowledge about the natural and human history of the island has been a blast, and it helps that she loves the sound of her own voice.