Sue Morse Backgrounder

"Sue is one of the most capable and experienced naturalists in the United States."
--Harley Shaw, retired biologist with the Arizona Fish and Game Department and an international expert on mountain lions

Sue Morse, the founder of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar.

When not in the field conducting research, leading training programs or photographing wildlife, Sue can often be found presenting her findings and award-winning images to a wide range of audiences, including the general public, conservation leaders and students of all ages. Over the years, the University of Vermont graduate has served as mentor to many young people, going out of her way to take curious students on her forays and in the process inspiring many to pursue careers in natural resources. She is currently devoting most of her time to the completion of her life's work, a species-by-species guide to wildlife and habitat conservation for lay audiences as well as professionals.

Awards and Publications

Among Sue’s many awards is the Environmental Leader Award from Unity College. She has also won the Franklin Fairbanks Award for lifelong work enriching the awareness and understanding of the natural world among New England residents. In addition, the Adirondack Council has honored Sue and Keeping Track for decades of conservation work in the Lake Champlain basin bioregion.

She manages her own forestry consulting business, writes a regular column for Northern Woodlands magazine, and illustrates her work with her stunning wildlife photography. Keeping Track recently published her Wildlife and Habitats: A Collection of Tracking and Natural History Essays by Sue Morse. She was also the author and primary photographer for A Guide to Recognizing the Florida Panther, Its Tracks and Sign, published by Defenders of Wildlife-Florida. In addition, she's written numerous articles and spoken to countless audiences about wildlife, habitat and conservation. Her research and photography are featured in Kevin Hansen’s book, Bobcat: Master of Survival, published by Oxford University Press. Sue is the subject of the children’s book The Woods Scientist, by Steven Swinburne, and another children’s book, Bobcat: North America’s Cat, is dedicated to Sue’s work as a felid conservationist and showcases her photographs.

Sue and Keeping Track have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and in the following magazines: Adirondack Life, Amicus Journal, Animals, Audubon, Forest, Nature Conservancy, Orion Afield, Ranger Rick, Science and Children, Smithsonian, Sonorensis, Vermont, Vermont Life, Vermont Maturity, Vero Beach, and Wild Earth. Keeping Track is featured in Hope’s Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land, by Chip Ward.

Sue lives in Jericho, Vermont, at the edge of a rich and diverse forest she has helped conserve. It serves as a living laboratory for her own wildlife research and the training of Keeping Track monitoring teams.