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Mexico

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Happy birding.


J. Martinez


J. Martinez



Maps
DurangoDurangoMexico


Available
Weekend

Languages
Spanish, some English


Note

I am an enthusiastic amateur birder, university professor, and make trips to see birds all weekend. In Durango we can see birds of dry temperate forest of the Sierra Madre Occidental, grassland, and migratory waterfowl.


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A. Dzib


A. Dzib



Maps
CelestunYucatanMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish French


Note

I am an avid birder in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas. I have been a birder for more than 15 years.


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J. Martinez


J. Martinez



Maps
ColimaColimaMexico


Available
Weekend

Languages
Spanish, some English


Note

The best time to come for birding is in the winter, but there are birds all year round.


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B. Sharp


B. Sharp



Maps
DurangoDurangoMexico


Available
Weekend

Languages
Spanish, English


Note

Durango has much to offer in terms of birds, but remains off the beaten path, in part because of its fame for drug trafficking. I continue to explore new (safe) areas and see new species for the state and county (for me) regularly. Please do contact me if you will be in town. Durango tiene mucho que ofrecer para la observaciïn de aves, pero sigue fuera de la ruta turïstica mïs que nada por la inseguridad. Sigo descubriendo ïreas nuevas (y seguras) y agregando mïs especies nuevas (para mï a mis listas para el estado y municipio de Durango. Contactarme, por favor, si se encuentra en Durango.


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W. Glavind


W. Glavind



Maps
MazatlanSinaloaMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English some Spanish


Note

There is very good access within 10 mins. of our Marina Condo ,as there are lots of estuaries and farmlands with a good variety of species. My wife and I are like to get out regularly but are not pros. We love travelling and just recently returned from the Yucatan . Our summer residence is in British Columbia, Vancouver area, Canada. Wally.


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F. Albini


F. Albini



Maps
San Cristobal de las CasasChiapasMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English Italian


Note

I got interested in birds in 2005 when I went for a walk and accidentally glimpsed a Mountain Trogon, it was a moment that changed my life forever. Birds have now become the most important part of my life and I'm really passionate about them and eager to bird anytime. I'm also a bird illustrator and photographer and hope to make a living with my art in the future. I'd love to go birding with other people who share the same passion, I'm not a professional guide and won't charge you for birding around San Cristóbal but donations are welcome if you consider it appropriate.


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Maps
Zipolite areaOaxacaMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, ein bistein Deutsch un poco Espanol


Note

A middle-age, moderately- skilled Gringo, who has birded s Oaxaca and the area around Zipolite somewhat. ESPECIALLY LOOKING FOR BIRDERS WANTING TO SHARE SMALL LAUNCHA TO GO OUT FOR SEABIRDS.


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Interests
Nature: birdwatching


J. Church


J. Church



Maps
La CrucecitaOaxacaMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish Swedish


Note

Huatulco, Oaxaca is noted for its bio diversity. The area is protected and the development theme is based on conservation. I amvsp&spvavid photographer and have been taking photos in the area for the past 4 years. I own a house which I rent when not there myself. It is very close to the park areas and has incredible bird watching from the back deck. The back of the house faces a protected area. The closest national park is Cruz del Monte which is a 20 minute walk from the house to the park entrance. http://www.coug.net/cruzdelmonte.


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R. Padilla


R. Padilla



Maps
PachucaHidalgoMexico


Available
Weekend

Languages
Spanish, English


Note

In Pachuca, we have Abies, Quercus, Pinus forest, xerofitic matorral. 1 or 2 hours form Pachuca,we have Lakes, cloud forest. 3 hours from Pachuca, Cloud forest, evergreen forest.


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E. Lopez


E. Lopez



Maps
DurangoDurangoMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


Note

I'm a Mexican ornithologist and I'm close to some natural areas like Michilliav, Malaga and Mapimi Biosphera Reserve.


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A. Garcia


A. Garcia



Maps
ProgresoYucatanMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


Note

My name is Adriano and I live in Puerto Progreso, Costa Norte de Yucatan. Sea, Mudflats, Inland birds.


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G. Boz-Sepulveda


G. Boz-Sepulveda



Maps
Cd. VictoriaTamaulipasMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


Note

The Altas Cumbres area located high in the cloud forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental, N.E. Tamaulipas boasts of over 500 types of birds and butterfly some of which only occur in this region. I will be available to small groups of 3 to 5 persons. I am not a professional guide, nor will I charge for the tour. I will only ask you tell a friend and help us to continue to promote the neo-tropics in responsible and sustainable manner, donations always welcome. I have been going to the Cd.Victoria area for over 35 years and do have access to local bird, butterfly, and canopy tour guides. Thank you for your help to protect and preserve these fragile and endangered natural areas.


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B. Scott


B. Scott



Maps
ProgresoYucatanMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish


Note

I started birding in my native country, Canada in 1988 and it has been a passion since then. My tropical birding experience started when we moved to the Yucatan in 2003. Since then we have taken 6 extensive birding trips in 7 of the southern states in Mexico. The best birding areas in our immediate vicinity are Dzibilchaltun, Xcambo, Chuburna, Dzilam de Bravo and Aquaparque in Merida. Further afield are Celestun, Chumbec, Uxmal and Rio Lagartos. I have recorded 292 species in the state and 367 species in the peninsula. Within an hour s drive of my home, I can fairly reliably locate several regional endemics and quasi-endemics such as Yucatan Wren, Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Bobwhite, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Flycatcher, and Orange Oriole.


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A. Palos


A. Palos



Maps
DzemulYucatanMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages


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M. Armenta


M. Armenta



Maps
MazatlanSinaloaMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages


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G. Conti


G. Conti



Maps
PatzcuaroMichoacánMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish Turkish


Note

Although I have birded the Morelia-Patzcuaro area for over 10 years, I moved February 2008 to Arocutin, a small village on the west side of Lake Patzcuaro. Before this permanent move, I lived in and seriously birded Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK. My focus this next year will be to understand more about status and distribution of this area's birds. I'd be happy to answer any questions or show you some of my favorite spots.


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R. Guerra


R. Guerra



Maps
MonterreyNuevo LeonMexico


Available
Weekend

Languages


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M. von Berner


M. von Berner



Maps
Mexico City, D/FMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages


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K. Kühne


K. Kühne



Maps
San Cristobal de las CasasChiapasMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
German, English Spanish, Portuguese French, Chinese


Note

San Cristobal is in the mountains (at 2100 meters) with the according avifauna, but trips to the rainforest lowlands in Eastern Chiapas or other parts of the state can be planned from here.


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A. Gutierrez


A. Gutierrez



Maps
Guerrero NegroBaja California SurMexico


Available
Weekend

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DGolles


DGolles



Maps
Playa del CarmenQuintana RooMexico


Available


Languages


Note



Area
New to the area and not familiar with hotspots. Am looking to meet other birders to find these spots.

Area Birds


Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swap Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


T. Brown


T. Brown



Maps
La PazBCSMexico


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, with some Spanish


Note

I have been actively birding for over 40 years, with a huge emphasis on photography. I have lived here on the Baja in Mexico for 7 years now, and have been writing for the birding site 10000birds.com for last year. I contribute photos and stories to several magazines and website. I find it has been a real joy to share the beautiful birds that we have here in Mexico. I do some professional guiding here in the local area, but would be happy to host people from this site. My wife and I will traveling after the first of February 2018 as I will be going thru several continents on my own personal mini big year.


Area
The southern Baja is an amazingly diverse area with Mangrove tidal flats, Desert arroyos, rocky coastal areas, and several fresh water ways that form amazing oasis's. We seen desert species, many warblers, sparrows, shorebirds, herons and egrets. We have a very strong group pf migrants that pass thru the area, on their way to South America and back.

Area Birds
Xanthus's Hummingbirds, Gray Thrasher, shorebirds, waders, desert species,


Interests
Nature: birdwatching


PBladh


PBladh



Maps
RosaritoBajaMexico


Available


Languages


Note

I am completely new to birdwatching and am an American who has retired and moved to Rosarito. I would like to learn about birding.


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Interests
Nature: birdwatching, photography, swimming, beach, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, tech Attend: concert, horses, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swap


DCrow


DCrow



Maps
Ciudad de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico


Available


Languages


Note

I'm an American who has lived and worked in Mexico for 16 years. I've been a professor of International Studies at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) since 2010. I'm 50, married, two kids (13 and 10, the oldest of which also likes birding). I've been birding since October, 2015; it's a wonderful hobby for me! I occasionally travel for conferences and research, and am keen on meeting local birders that can recommend hot spots and perhaps accompany me. Besides English, I'm fluent in Spanish. My professional Web page is www.investigadores.cide.edu/crow. I'm also on Facebook (David Crow), and have posted lists on eBird.


Area
Wonderful urban birding in many parks and ecological reserves in and around Mexico City. Nearly 1,100 species in Mexico, of which around 350 are within Mexico City limits

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Interests
Nature: birdwatching, swimming, beach Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation Attend: concert, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swap Participate: night life, dance, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, social games Hobbies: music (play jazz, classical, rock guitar), reading (novels, poetry)


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Joel Ortega


Joel Ortega





Maps
MeridaYucatanMexico

Company
Al Aire Libre MX


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


Birding Pal

Note

Birds are my job, my hobby, my passion, and now my goal is to offer you memorable birding experiences in the Yucatan Peninsula.

As a wildlife biologist I had participated on several research and conservation projects, such as bird diversity in natural protected areas, nesting ecology, bioacoustics and behavior research. I am very interested in the sustainable development of local communities, that is why in most of the tours we get support from the people of the community for food, local guidance and lodging.

I am also an official nature guide certified by the Mexican government which makes me improve safety and quality in the service. I am also co-owner of a tour company named Al Aire Libre MX which offers low impact nature experiences.

I can arrange itineraries for every kind of trip; for experts or beginners, for solo travelers or families, from one day tours to multiday tours based in your targets species and places that you are interested to visit in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Guiding rates start at $120 (plus transportation or other expenses necessary for the tour). Please, feel free to ask for full day tours, all inclusive, and multiday tours. A small discount and a souvenir is provided for all Birding Pal Members


Birding Pal

Area
All the Yucatan Peninsula (Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche states):

- Celestun Biosphere Reserve
- Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
- Yucatan coast
- Merida sorroundings
- Xocen Reserve
- Ek Balam area
- Chichen Itza area
- Uxmal area
- Cozumel Island
- Calakmul area
- Riviera Maya área
- Coba


Area Birds
All endemics and specialties of the Yucatan Peninsula: Black-throated Bobwhite, Ocellated Turkey, American Flamingo, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Zenaida Dove, Ruddy Crake, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar, Mexican Sheartail, Cozumel Emerald, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yellow-lored Parrot, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan Vireo, Cozumel Vireo, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Wren, Rose-throated Tanager, Gray-throated Chat, Orange Oriole


Birding Pal

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VidalPrado


VidalPrado





Maps
SayulitaNayaritMexico

Company
Sayulita Birdwatching


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


Note



Area
San Blas, San Pancho Estuary

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JonathanVargas


JonathanVargas





Maps
San Blas, and La PazNayarit, and Baja California SurMexico
Specific map


Company
sanblasbird84.wix.com/san-blas-birding


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish and English


Note

I'm interested in birding as an alternative and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as a means of raising awareness and promoting ecological education of Mexico's avifauna.
I am currently taking my Master's Degree in Sciences at the University of Baja California Sur, where I am conducting a research project on the effects of human and raptor disturbance on population density and behaviour of shorebirds.

Now I'm also guiding in the La Paz area, which is a very good place where you will find the endemic Xanthus Hummingbird and Belding's Yellowthroat, Gray thrasher, Cape-pygmy Owl and the San Lucas Robin, with many other resident and migrants.


Area
San Blas area, La Paz area, Biosfera Reserve Marismas Nacionales Nayarit.

Area Birds
Xanthus Hummingbird, Belding's Yellowthroat, Gray thrasher, Cape-pygmy Owl, San Lucas Robin, San Blas Jay, Purplish-backed Jay, Mexican Woodnymph, Mexican Hermit, Rosy-trush Tanager, Red-breasted Chat, Northern Pauraque, Tufted Jay


Interests
y main fields of interest are: Birding, of course, but also I'm interesting on shorebird ecosystem monitoring and banding, as well as the reproductive biology of shorebirds and waterfowl.



JesperBayJacobsen


JesperBayJacobsen





Maps
ZapopanJaliscoMexico

Company
naturewatch.dk


Available
Anytime

Languages
Danish, English and Spanish


Note

Whether you only have a few hours to your disposal or are thinking about doing a longer trip I offer you my professional service as guide, driver or tour planner.

From the coast to the high volcanoes the beautiful states of Colima and Jalisco have a lot to offer to both the casual and the target oriented birder. More than 600 species have been seen in the area and situated on the Central West Coast of Mexico the region is truly an endemic hotspot.

Of all the about 100 endemic species that Mexico hosts, you can see up to 40 only in this restricted area. During a focused one week trip you are likely to see most or all of them, and a total species list around 300 or more can be expected, depending on the time of year.

The number of endemics in the Yucatan peninsula is less, about 15, and you're likely to see fewer species in total compared to the Colima-Jalisco area, but what you don't get in species numbers you'll get in pure magic while birding under the Caribbean sky, in between cenotes and overgrown ruins in an endless ocean of jungle. In a week all endemics are almost guaranteed!

Please visit my website www.naturewatch.dk to check out my prices and to find out more about all the great birds and places you'll experience when you decide to come.

I love birding and have been doing it for almost 30 years. Most of them I have spent in Denmark and Europe, but I have been birding on several continents, and for the last 10 years I've been focusing entirely on Mexico. Identification, listing and photography are my main interests in combination with traveling, and it is always a pleasure to get the opportunity to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with like minded spirits.

I'm based in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, and will often be able to do quick trips if you're in town and want to go birding with short notice. Otherwise longer time is normally needed to be able to prepare your trip well. One or the other, you are always welcome to contact me with any question, doubt or comment.

Look forward to hear from you!


Area
Colima, Aguascalientes, Jalisco and the Yucatan peninsula

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Miguel


Miguel



Maps
TulumTulumMexico

Company
Mexico Kan Tours


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spoanish


Note

I have been guiding in archaeological sites and nature reserves in the Yucatan for the past 10 years. In the last six years I have guided many satisfied birders with the company I work with (MEXICO KAN TOURS) in Sian Ka'an around Muyil.

I am very interested also in mesoamerican archaeology, nature and sustainable living. In my tours I like to give visitors interesting information about the area with birds as the main topic.


Area
Tulum

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M. Muriel


M. Muriel



Maps
Los CabosBaja CaliforniaMexico

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish


Note

Prior to a pelagic trip Fritz Karger, Doug Koch and my self spent the day around Cabo birding for the Baja endemics with good success. We were guided by Maria Elena Muriel a local guide with a good knowledge of the natural history of the area. If you are going to Cabo E-mail her, the price is very reasonable and promoting the budding local ecotourism business is good for all especially the local birds. In a few hours she found us the three local endemics - Belding s Yellowthroat, Gray Thrasher and of course the Xantus s Hummingbird. Maria Elena also leads trips to the mountains for the other Baja endemics. Thanks Kirk Zufelt .- Nature photographer On behalf of the San Diego Audubon Society and the 2013 Bird Festival Committee, I wish to invite you to attend the 2013 San Diego Bird Festival as a workshop presenter. You will present a workshop on Birding Baja & Birding Bilingually. In addition, you are invited to serve as a birding guide on the post-festival Birding the Baja Peninsula trip, March 4 through 13. The trip is operated by Andiamo Tour Mexico and sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society Sincerely Karen Straus.- Audubon-San Diego bird festival coordinator


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E. Antonio Martinez


E. Antonio Martinez



Maps
OaxacaMexico

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish


Note

I was born in the village of Teotiltlan de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. At the age of 8, because of my father's influence, I became interested in nature, birds, and tourism. Ever since then, I have devoted my life to ecology and the wonders of the natural world, especially birds. I have birded and researched birds in Mexico for 13 years. In 2006, I was certified as a federal guide by the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico City. I have also studied archeology and anthropology. In 2008, I received a scholarship from the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, Canada, to advance my birding skills. I worked as a field biologist focusing on the migration of passerines, and I honed my skills as a bird bander. In addition I study bird migration in Mexico, work for the Alamos wild lands alliance and the Navopatia Field station in southern Sonora but I also do private bird guiding, I lead bird-watching trips for passengers on cruise ships that dock at Huatulco, Mexico. I also organize and compile data for the Oaxaca Christmas Bird Count. I speak English and I am available for any trips all over Oaxaca and Chiapas. http://mexico-birding.com/


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E. Canul


E. Canul



Maps
Rio LagartosYucatanMexico

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish


Note

Here in the state of Yucatan we have 432 of the 540 bird species registered for the entire Yucatan peninsula. Just in Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve more than 350 different bird species have been recorded.


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L. Ku Quiñones


L. Ku Quiñones



Maps
Cancun, Riviera Maya in Q. RooYucatanMexico

Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


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J. Valdes


J. Valdes



Maps
MonterreyNuevo LeonMexico

Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English


Note

I guide birding trips in Monterrey, Mazatlan and Sinaloa. I also have a job researching the threatened Thick-billed Parrots in Chihuahua and the Maroon-fronted Parrots in Nuevo Leon and Coahuila states. Been part of this research projects I have got the knowledge of the presence of many others endangered and endemic bird species, over the past 8 years.


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