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The Birders

Who We Are

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Bailey Hendry

Co-Lead & Co-Founder

Bailey (she/her), spirit name Eastern Raining Woman, is a Turtle Clan member and a citizen of the Red River Métis Nation. She works as an Indigenous Student Advisor and Program Coordinator, specializing in mental health promotion and education. Bailey is passionate about birding as a means of improving mental well-being and fostering a connection with nature. She advocates for inclusive birding spaces, empowering club members to contribute to conservation stewardship and environmental protection. Bailey believes that engaging in land-based activities and building community connections enhance mental health and overall well-being.

Justin Rasmussen

Co-Lead & Co-Founder

Justin (he/him) is the Director of Indigenous Leadership Programming with the University of Manitoba's Office of the Vice-President Indigenous. He is a proud citizen of the Red River Metis Nation, with a passion for birds and their behaviours. With a background in evolutionary ecology and ethology, Justin holds a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Canterbury. He is dedicated to promoting Indigenous Knowledge of birds and creating an inclusive community through the University of Manitoba Indigenous Birding Club.

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Hannah Woodhouse

Advisor & Co-Founder

Hannah, spirit name Spring Flowers, is an Anishinaabikwe from Pinaymootang First Nation. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology and Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba. Hannah's passion lies in birding, a hobby she developed during her summer as a Student Research Assistant in the Avian Behaviour and Conservation laboratory. She had the opportunity to work with Purple Martins and other species in the field. Hannah's first birding experience took place during a hike at Birds Hill Provincial Park with the U of M Parks Canada Campus Club, where she later became an executive. Additionally, she holds the role of Indigenous Community Representative for the Biology Undergraduates Student group, aiming to collaborate with BUGS to promote Indigenous science and knowledge among fellow students. Hannah believes that birds are integral to understanding Indigenous science and views birding as a lifelong learning opportunity for everyone. She aspires to introduce a more land-based approach to birding, expanding its reach within the community.

Ozaawi Mashkode Bizhiki (Taylor Galvin)

Advisor & Co-Founder

Ozaawi Mashkode Bizhiki (Taylor) is a member of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (BON), and a UM student studying Environmental Science with a focus on Wildlife Management. With a deep connection to nature and a strong desire to protect and conserve wildlife, Taylor has become an invaluable advisor and Knowledge Keeper. One of Taylor's primary goals is to enhance our understanding of wetland birds in order to develop an effective ecosystem management plan for the protection and guardianship of the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve. Every year, the community of BON is privileged to witness the migratory flight paths of various bird species. The community boasts diverse ecosystems, including wetlands, boreal forests, deciduous forests, riparian forests, and prairies, each harboring different bird populations ranging from melodious songbirds to majestic birds of prey and diligent scavengers. Taylor reminds us that birds are sacred relatives, serving as messengers and indicators of seasonal change, especially the Ojijaaks (Cranes). With their knowledge and commitment to the environment, Taylor advises the UM Indigenous Birding Club to ensure all of our activities and events are done in a good way.

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