Craig "Birdfacts" Bailey
"The World Fascinates Me."
Craig has worked as a Nature Interpreter at Oak Hammock Marsh since 2010, has been a certified English Teacher since 2012, and currently studies Sciences at the University of Winnipeg, majoring in Biology, with plans to continue into the Faculty of Education.
Prior to this, Craig studied in a wide field of subjects at the University of Manitoba including Fine Arts, Art History, Astronomy, Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies.
Craig has traveled extensively; from coast to coast in Canada, throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, Mexico, and Africa, all the while checking birds off his list.
An avid outdoors man, Craig spends much of his leisure time bird watching, hiking, taking nature photography, and anything else that gets him outside.
Andy Warhol said this, and though I don't claim any talent in art, I find that it rings profound and true.
The simple and the complex; The moving and the still; The earth and the sky.
There is a richness around us. A latent and undeniable beauty is everywhere in so many unique and wonderful forms. I see it whenever I open my eyes, and I can feel it when they're closed.
This beauty can be found in everything if one takes the time and has the desire to see it.
A well worn sidewalk - the kind of sidewalk with a network of cracks that you, at some point or another, have expertly hopped over, eagerly accepting the challenge not to step on them.
A dew covered mushroom of some delicate, mysterious nature that's pushed its silvery cap up out of a cool bed of moss.
An iridescent swallow deftly winging between the iron struts holding up a train track. The ties groaning under the weight of a heavy, stalwart train making its way toward some far off destination. The tiny midge held in the swallow's beak soaring through the air before being placed in the waiting, red mouth of a hungry chick.
The intricate lacework of tendrils that sneak a daring vetch up, and up, and around it's leafy neighbors, and the moonlight-blue wings of tiny butterflies that dance from minute blossom to minute blossom.
The cryptic, blur-paced life of the neighborhood red squirrel, and the endlessly complex map of his larders, perches, and retreats.
These tiny interactions occur around a person at a staggering rate. Always is there some amazing circumstance, some unbelievable story, or some epic struggle unfolding in the sky, land, sea, or mind. The beauty in the world around extends to everything, if one chooses to seek it out.
I do choose to seek it out. I have, for many years been unabashedly indulging in the quest to discover the wonders of the world.
I have been a guide, leading troupes of people from all walks of life through forest, desert, jungle and swamp.
I have been a teacher, sharing the wonder and awe that I feel with children and adults alike.
I have been an adventurer, seeking out the mysterious and unknown for the simple sake of the journey.
I have been waiting for this. A way to reach out and share my passion for the majesty of the outdoors.
A way to rekindle the love of nature we all have inside us.
A way to get Back to Earth, and I can't wait for you to join!
Born in the French Alps, raised in rural Manitoba, Marion is and always has been passionate of nature, wildlife, and conservation. Much of her free time is spent out and about, exploring, but her upbeat, positive attitude and her determination has made her a person able to easily find a genuine interest in any and all activities. From hiking, canoeing, and photography, to boxing, nutrition, and music, she finds herself captivated by many subjects.
Marion has traveled to various places across the globe, she has seen all four corners of France and visited much of western Canada, the United-states, and Central America. But her backpacking journey is only beginning as very soon, she plans on checking all of Northern Europe off of her bucket list.
She started her post secondary education at the University of Saint-Boniface in the Biology department, then transferred to the University of Manitoba to continue with a degree in Environmental Sciences. After working many years as a beekeeper with her father, she joined the Oak Hammock Marsh team in early 2014 as a Nature Interpreter, alongside Craig and Jesse. Working at Oak Hammock Marsh has not only solidified her passion for Environmental Education but it has also sparked the beginning of the amazing adventure that is Back to Earth.
Marion has never been more excited about a project and cannot wait to embark on this journey with all of you, a journey that will bring us back to basics, back to our roots, Back to Earth.
Instagram & Twitter : @marionf12
- Environmental Education & Design -
Nature is intwined into all of us, surging through in one form or another.
Design, adaptation, survival all stem from nature's imperfect beauty and balance.
Our connection to the Earth deepens our understanding and passions for life's greatest treasures. I love to share these connections through visual design and photography. Spending a year living in Australia and New Zealand my passion for the protection of our environment combined with my love for graphic design. Growing up in a small Northern Manitoba community I have always felt a strong connection to mother Earth that continues to grow. I have also explored Thailand, Western Canada, California and Mexico.
Welcome Back to Earth, we would love to be a part of your outside adventures, spending time in nature is good for our body, mind and soul.
Jesse has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies majoring in Environmental Education. He currently works as a Nature Interpreter at Oak Hammock Marsh and as a photographer with Career Trek.