About Shannon Kelly Donahue

Head and shoulders shot of Shannon Kelly Donahue on the Chilkat River with fall foliage in the background
Shannon Kelly Donahue on the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska

Shannon Kelly Donahue is an environmental writer, advocate, and copyeditor living on the Chilkat Peninsula of Southeast Alaska, just south of Deishú (Haines), on Jilkáat Aani. She specializes in environmental and nature writing, science communication, wildlife conservation, clean water protection, environmental policy analysis, and creative nonfiction.

Shannon's greatest joy is sharing habitat with bears. She has devoted much of her life and work to marveling at, learning from, and working to protect bears and their habitats. While most of her year is spent among black and brown (grizzly) bears in the coastal Alaskan rainforest, she migrates to Hudson Bay each fall to teach polar bear ecology field courses just as the sea ice forms. Shannon wrote, co-directed, and executive produced the documentary film, "Walking Bear Comes Home: The Life and Work of Chuck Jonkel" that premiered at the International Wildlife Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award in the Features category at the Bigfork Independent Film Festival.

Shannon's other interests include traditional music, folklore, oral history, and endangered languages. She plays Irish traditional music on a vintage 1860s-era Lachenal anglo concertina. Shannon actively studies Gaeilge (Irish) and has done coursework in Lingít and Cymraeg (Welsh).

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