Red Barn Event | Food choices, affecting our health, the environment, & animals, Anna Gullickson
Food choices, how they affect our health, the environment, and animals.
Everyone is making an impact! What type of impact do you want to be making?
Anna Gullickson will share her story of being an outdoor enthusiast and how her unique jobs and experiences inspired her to continue to follow her passion from flying floatplanes, ski patrolling, working to save the Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, saving abused and neglected animals, to changing her diet and opening her eyes to the World around her. Turns out you don’t have to be anyone special to make a difference and create a positive impact on the world around you.
Anna grew up in Reno, Nevada where she was raised with love and respect for the world around her. Regular childhood visits to the Canadian Gulf Islands shaped her deep affection for flying and the Pacific Northwest. She followed her passion for flying and earned her Bachelors degree in Aviation at Utah State University. In 2008 Anna made Seattle her home when she was hired as a commercial seaplane pilot for Kenmore Air. In addition to carrying passengers and freight over the coastal waters of Washington and British Columbia, Anna worked as a ski patroller at Crystal Mountain with her husband Eric, and her avalanche rescue dog, Luna. Now Anna spends her Winter months doing educational presentations for High School and University students on the impacts of our food choices and how they affect our health, the environment, and animals.
After years of flying over the Orca whales in the Salish Sea, Anna and her colleague, Michael Hays, co-founded Wild Orca in 2014, a non-profit dedicated to supporting research, spreading awareness, and collaborating in the mitigation of threats facing endangered killer whales. In addition to her work in Killer Whale conservation and policy, she volunteers her time caring for animals who have been rescued from abusive and unhealthy farms across the United States.