About Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard grew up in Quebec City and has been an avid naturalist since his teens. He has vacationed in the Charlevoix region since childhood. It is in that area that he developed a keen interest in marine life and, in particular whales, seals and seabirds.
Richard was one of the first naturalists on board St. Lawrence whale-watching cruises in the 1970s. For the last thirty years, he was employed as a marine biologist and scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, during which time he conducted field research on beluga whales, narwhals and walrus. He has authored many scientific publications and three nature guides on marine mammals of eastern Canada and Nunavut. Recently retired from Fisheries and Oceans, Pierre can now spend more time as a nature guide and naturalist interpreter, his first love. Since 2005, he has been a regular leader on Arctic expeditions. An outdoor enthusiast on his spare time, Pierre enjoys bird-watching wherever he goes and has pursued that passion across Canada, in several states of the US and Mexico, and Costa Rica.