About Withywindle

Dedicated to promoting nature and environmental education, awareness and literacy.


Withywindle Nature and Books is owned and run by Cynthia Menard, professional naturalist and bookseller. Cynthia has her Masters of Science degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. She studied tracking at Antioch and the Walnut Hill Tracking Center, and received extensive training in natural history and ecology during her years working for Mass Audubon. Although she loves teaching about all aspects of the natural world, her specialty areas are wild canines and tracking.

While working on her Master’s degree at Antioch, Cynthia  co-coordinated a trip to Yellowstone National Park to study wolves and other large mammals within the Yellowstone ecosystem.  Her thesis focused on tracking the movements of coyote, bobcat, fisher and whitetail deer in a northern Massachusetts sanctuary, and mapping wildlife corridors from northern Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire.

Cynthia is a former Board Member of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) and currently serves as President of the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA).

See the Nature Writing page for information on Cynthia’s published writing, and reviews of some of her programs.

She lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, a big, bouncy German Shepherd and a flock of chickens.  Her passions include playing the fiddle, birding, hiking, paddling and being with her family.

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