Edgar Preston Bailey (1937 - 2018)

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  • "I will always see Ed striding up and down the bluff, staff..."
    - Samantha Cunningham
  • "My deepest condolences to the family, may you find comfort..."
  • "My deep condolences, Nina; it was a pleasure to work on..."
  • "Rest in peace, Ed."
    - Kent Hall
  • "I am very sorry for your loss, Nina. Ed was a great person..."
    - Cynthia Wentworth
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Edgar P. Bailey passed away peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 14, 2018, in Homer, Alaska, after a protracted, debilitating illness.
Birds and biology were his passions. After earning his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Redlands, he then pursued a master's degree in wildlife biology at Utah State in Logan. He was part of the planning team for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and became the first biologist for this refuge in 1981. He worked in remote field areas each summer, with his partner and wife, Nina Faust. He also worked to remove foxes that decimated the seabird populations leaving the islands biologically impoverished.
Ed was a devoted conservation activist and worked on many important issues with various conservation groups over the years. As an avid birder, he worked to protect local habitat in Kachemak Bay, served on the Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board and co-founded Kachemak Crane Watch with Nina. He also has provided a building to house the Cook Inletkeeper at a subsidized rent. In 2004, the Alaska Conservation Foundation honored him with the Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions; in 2014, the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust selected him for their Land at Heart Award honoring distinguished contributions to conservations on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.
In retirement, Ed wanted to start his own wildlife preserve so he bought as many contiguous lands as were available to piece together a wildlife corridor that is managed as a preserve for all wildlife, and especially for sandhill cranes. Today that 650-acre private preserve is known as Inspiration Ridge Preserve, and in the near future it will officially become a preserve actively run by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. This will be a lasting legacy of Ed's conservation efforts, a cause he has worked for all his adult life.
Ed is survived by his partner and wife of 45 years, Nina Faust; and his son, Lorne Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Alaska Conservation Foundation, Inspiration Ridge Preserve Maintenance and Operation Fund, 911 West 8th Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99501.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2018