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Steve Backus

Born in the mountains of East Tennessee, it was easy for Steve to fall in love with the wonderful natural environment that surrounded him. What started as a childhood passion to scan the creeks and ponds for all they would reveal evolved into a studied desire to understand the environments around us.

After moving to eastern North Carolina (the most beautiful place in the world, according to Steve), his interest in marine sciences and nautical arts led him to pursue a career in the maritime industry. By working his way up to captain, he was able to travel to places throughout the world, fascinated with the ecosystems he encountered along the way and our relationships with them. From teaching students in inquiry-based outdoor education to leading whale-watching trips in Alaska, Steve has had his eyes wide open to this beautiful world and is passionate about sharing it with others.

While the entirety of the natural world continues to fascinate him, Steve has a particular interest in our feathered friends. An active birder, he participates in citizen science-led initiates such as Christmas and Spring bird counts, breeding bird surveys, and other community-driven efforts to help document and understand what birds can share with us about the world we live in. So, if you're curious what that nearby chirp or flutter is, chances are Steve is too, and would love to help you figure it out.