Dean grew up in Invermere and has been passionate about the natural world all his life. A keen birder and field naturalist, he has been involved in field research for Bird Studies Canada, B.C. Parks, and the B.C. Ministry of the Environment. Dean has also been a practicing meditator for many years, and is a resident of the Clear Sky Meditation and Study Center near Cranbrook, B.C." string(6) "Leader" string(81) "https://www.wingsovertherockies.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DeanNicolson-2.jpg"