Steph Walden

Blogger Profile: Steph Walden

Steph Walden is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Steph went to Alaska to essentially pursue a degree in exploring nature. She came away with a nature photojournalism degree and minors in natural resources management and German. A season of fieldwork with spectacled eiders on Alaska's North Slope in 2009 opened up the world of biological fieldwork. The following summer found Steph heading to St. George Island in the Bering Sea to work with black-legged kittiwakes and thick-billed murres. Living in tents and remote places while exploring new areas became Steph's hobby, and she left Alaska for New Zealand in May 2011. She now spends her time on and off an island in the Hauraki Gulf as she assists in North Island brown kiwi research. In her time off, Steph enjoys volunteering on farms, tramping, meeting kiwi people, and discovering New Zealand cuisine. She's a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and hopes to do a lot of world travel while capturing images of nature's beauty.
Kiwi Season

Kiwi Season

We found Dario sitting on his second nest, which means his female laid an egg quite late in the season. The kiwis here don’t want to acknowledge the ticking clock of seasonal change!   read more

Kiwis and Ticks

Kiwis and Ticks

Even though spring has technically arrived here in New Zealand, the weather decided to give us more rain for slippery conditions. We had an extra pair of helping hands on[.....]

Kiwi Chicks Arrive

Kiwi Chicks Arrive

Spring is here! Lambs are following their mothers around, flowers are beginning to bloom, leaves are appearing on trees, and kiwi chicks are entering the world. And, of course, the[.....]

Kiwi Eggs: Our Big Nights

Kiwi Eggs: Our Big Nights

Our first eggs should be hatching any day now! I say “our,” but the eggs obviously belong to the kiwis rather than us. When we each check on the same[.....]

Kiwi Season: More Nests

Kiwi Season: More Nests

Life just keeps getting busier out here in New Zealand. I mentioned last time that we had an explosion of nests this season (see Kiwi: Early Nests!). Well, now we[.....]