Frances Backhouse

Frances Backhouse is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about nature and human history, often exploring their intersections in a conservation context. The seeds for her 2023 book – Grizzly Bears: Guardians of the Wilderness – were planted back in her days as a field biologist, when she spent five months doing grizzly bear research on the north coast of British Columbia. The three-year study she worked on helped make the case for the creation of the Khutzeymateen/K’tzim-a-deen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the first place in Canada protected specifically for this species.

Grizzly Bears is Frances’s second book for kids, following Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers. Her most recent book for adults is Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver.

Frances lives in Victoria, British Columbia, across the Salish Sea from the North Cascades. Visit to learn more about her work.