Kate MacQuarrie, MSc.
I was born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I earned my Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1991, and my Master of Science in 2003. From 1995 to 2003 I was Executive Director of the non-governmental Island Nature Trust, and I became Director of Forestry for the Province in 2003. Responsibility for Fish and Wildlife was added in 2005, and I am now Director of Forests, Fish and Wildlife.
My speciality is plant identification, with many first Provincial records to my name. Along with identifying PEI's plants, I enjoy foraging and so have been using local plants for more than three decades. I'm a professional trapper and fur handler, and recreational hunter and angler. I'm also a certified firearms safety instructor (both non-restricted and restricted), run Women Shooters of PEI (a group providing firearms safety training and live fire events for women) and am an advocate for responsible firearms ownership and use.
I live on 100 acres of field and forest in Central PEI with my three cats and two dogs, including Golden Retriver Cuan, shown here.