The Whitehawk Birding team hails from Spain, Panama, United States, Canada and other countries. We are experienced biologists passionate about birds and their amazing behaviors, as well as wildlife in general. Individually and together, we have studied wild raptors, interacted with amazing wildlife and traveled the globe. We bring our experience in the field, our love of nature and our commitment to conservation to all of our tours.
Angel began working with raptors in wildlife rehabilitation centers in his native Spain when he was 15 years old. When he moved to the U.S. for college, he began giving presentations at local schools with a live raptor on his fist. He has since used his skills in falconry to successfully release captive-bred and rehabilitated raptors back into the wild. As part of the Whitehawk Birding team, Angel hopes to share his love of raptors with everyone and to continue working toward the conservation of all birds.
Marta became fascinated with wildlife at a very young age. Seeing deer grazing at a local park, or hearing the howls of coyotes or the hoots of Great-horned Owls outside her bedroom at night were rare and special treats for a young girl living in Los Angeles. After college she worked as an educator and interpretive ranger for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2000, she began working as biologist for The Peregrine Fund. Marta is also a published author of several bilingual children’s books and a novel entitled In All Things.
Yeray has always had a special affinity for birds. Being able to identify birds through the use of field guides was sublime. His interest in wildlife led him to study Veterinary Medicine. Later, he worked in wildlife rehab centers breeding raptors in captivity. He returned to school and earned a Masters degree in Conservation Biology. During that time he dedicated himself to studying the causes of the disappearance of the Red Kite in his native Canary Islands. Yeray has also dedicated a large part of his time to photography.
From an early age, Edwin became interested in conservation and in learning the names of the birds he observed in his own backyard in Panama. Edwin worked for several years with The Peregrine Fund‘s Harpy Eagle captive breeding and release program. He earned a Master’s degree in Ecology and Conservation. In 2013, he moved to Colombia, where he began his guiding career. With Whitehawk, he leads tours in Panama, Colombia, and Brazil, promoting conservation and one-of-a-kind nature experiences.
Jenn has had a passion for birds and wildlife from a very young age. She began working directly with raptors during her school years, leading environmental education programs. Following her dream to live in Latin America, Jenn began working on field projects, specializing in raptors and biological conservation in the Neotropics. She has a keen interest in eco-tourism, and sees great value in the connection between nature and tourism. Jenn has a BA in Wildlife Biology a post-grad certificate in Ecotourism Management.
Domi was born and raised in El Valle de Antón, in the province of Cocle, Panama. Domi’s interest in birds started when he was in his early youth, and he began studying the birds in his area, learning how to identify them by sight and sound. One of his earliest jobs was working as a canopy zip-line instructor and nature guide. He began his focus as a dedicated bird guide in 2007, when he worked as a bird guide in Gamboa, leading hundreds of tours of Pipeline Road and the Gamboa area, and other nearby regions.
Roni was born and raised in Belize. He developed a passion for wildlife as a young child. Today he is one of Belize’s best bird and nature guides. Apart from guiding, Roni spends a lot of his time working as a researcher and collaborating with conservation organizations working to protect Belize’s natural treasures. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Belize Bird Conservancy and has collaborated with the Belize Audubon Society, The Peregrine Fund, and other organizations. His work in conservation has made a significant positive impact in the country.
Chubzang hails from Trongsa, Bhutan. He began guiding birding tours in 2000, and his knowledge of birds, together with his deep understanding of Bhutan’s culture, traditions, religion, and people, makes him one of the best bird guides in the country. He is deeply dedicated to conservation and works fervently to protect his country’s high biodiversity, in part by collaborating with organizations such as the International Crane Foundation. He has traveled extensively conducting research for documentary films, and is an accomplished photographer. His work has been showcased in Nature Reserves and Art Centres across the UK.
Maikel is a Cuban ornithologist and conservationist. He began working at the Ecological Reserve in Banao, central Cuba, where he developed many conservation projects with endemic fauna, with special focus on the management and conservation of the Cuban Parrot and the Cuban Parakeet. He has taught biology students at the Havana University, and has published several conservation and research papers and is chapter author of six books. He is currently President of the Cuban Zoology Society.
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