Listen to a panel conversation as we celebrate queerness and discuss its relationship with nature! The assembled thinkers, conservationists, and activists explore how their communities and organizations are making space for the LGBTQIA++ community in the outdoors.
Meet your Queering Nature Panelists and Host:
Gwendolyn Causer (she/her)
Gwendolyn Causer is a Environmental Educator and Senior Communications Coordinator for Audubon Vermont. Gwendolyn’s first love in nature is botany and she does most of her birding by ear. She is passionate about creating equitable access to nature for communities not traditionally included in the environmental movement. She works closely with the Pride Center of Vermont and Outright Vermont to host monthly Pride Hikes for queer Vermonters and allies.
Andrew Giles (he/him)
Andrew F Giles writes poetry, reviews and creative non-fiction and has work published in various newspapers, journals and anthologies. He is the founder of Greyhame Farm, a permaculture project, creative residency & safe space for queer folk & their allies in the mountain paradise of Teverga, Asturias, northern Spain.
Haymar Lim (they/she)
Haymar serves as a liaison between Richardson Bay Audubon Center and the many individuals and organizations that make up the community there. They work on volunteer powered habitat restoration projects, community science programs, managing the native plant nursery, community outreach and provide staff support for the various other needs at the center.
Catriona Sandilands (she/her)
Catriona Sandilands is a writer and scholar in the environmental humanities. She is most well known for her conception of queer ecology. She is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.
Sarah Hooghuis (she/they)
Sarah is Audubon Vermont’s Education and Outreach AmeriCorps member and is just wrapping up her second year of service. Sarah can often be found roaming around the Green Mountain Audubon Center teaching students about the relationships between the natural world and human-made society. It’s very important to her that students learn and use pronouns in order to see which resonate with them, and also to become accustomed to students or adults that may identify outside of the gender binary. They hail from Connecticut where she spent most of her childhood exploring the wetland and hardwood forest in the park just across the street, which cultivated a deep respect and interest in the natural world. In their free time they can be found paddling the river, reading or exploring the woods.