Eleanor was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Traveling with her family as a child cemented her wanderlust and drive for finding new places. Her love of exploration began early in life, leading family and friends through local woods and fields in search of undiscovered places.
Eleanor received her undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg with a dual major in biology and physical geography. Her undergraduate thesis examined reproductive strategies in violets. Afterwards, she moved on to graduate studies at the University of Alberta, researching treeline dynamics in the Churchill region.
In the process of her research, Eleanor became enthralled by the tundra and the organisms that live there, with a special fondness for mosses and liverworts. Eleanor currently pursues her love of small plants and wide open spaces by travelling and working in northern and prairie habitats. It’s not uncommon to find her hunched over a plant, peering through a hand lens.
When not on the tundra or examining microscopic features of plants (or both!), Eleanor can be found at home in rural Manitoba with her family and menagerie, which currently sits at two children, three dogs, three cats, two parrots and 18 cows—and one very tolerant husband.
Upcoming Adventures with Eleanor:
Beluga Whales & Arctic Wildlife of Churchill
Polar Bears of Churchill
Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Extraordinary scientist and human being - thoughtful on environment and social justice, grand introducer to First Nations and Metis culture and historic background- always enthusiastic without overdoing her beautiful passion- my friends on the trip agree that we were so lucky to be in a small cohesive group with amazing access to presentations. A 10 ! Some arranged activities at the last minute. Eleanor was a great adjuster in the face of natural obstruction: weather. Thank you for having this beautiful Canadian on your staff."
"Eleanor was terrific. Knowledge spanned myriad of subjects. There was always something to talk about. She was delightful with everyone - respectful, patient, kind, and quietly confident. Sense of humor was great. She was clear about directions and time and what was happening next. And had our safety at heart. Highly recommend her for any trip!"
"What a wonderful person to have for our "fearless leader" on this adventure. Her caring, compassionate, personable, knowledgeable, out-going nature made this trip and its challenges even better than we could have imagined."
"Natural Habitat is fortunate to have Eleanor Edye as an expedition leader! Intelligent, compassionate, humorous, attentive to each participant, she is the perfect ambassador for the organization. She handled any problem that arose with grace and ingenuity, and her regard for each person made us feel like one big family. Eleanor, along with the incredible experiences we had, made this a wonderful trip!"
"I felt very comfortable with Eleanor from the very beginning of the trip. She was extremely knowledgeable, attentive and always accessible for questions. She made the trip fun with her positive attitude. She was never fazed when something unscheduled happened (the road to the weir was closed for construction!) so just moved to plan B and made it work. I also felt her passion for the local people, wildlife and nature."
"Eleanor can herd cats with the best of them! She was wonderful through out the entire trip. She was perfect! She was an outstanding guide/leader/manager of everything. Our trip was outstanding because of her efforts to make it so for everyone. Her knowledge across so many areas amazed us. Because of her we will adventure with Nat Hab again."
"Eleanor was an exceptional leader all around - tremendous knowledge on all animals, spent time with each of the guests, balanced time on the rover where guests could sit in silence and contemplate their journey with time she would describe what we were seeing or fun facts about the animals. Heard nothing but good things from the rest of the group about her and abilities. She was extremely well versed and composed in all situations."
Upcoming Adventures with Eleanor:
Northern Lights and Arctic Cultures