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Germán D. PugnaIi

Germán D. PugnaIi ( 49 ) was born in Buenos Aires, where he entered the world of birding in 1985 thanks to Costanera Sur Nature Reserve and Aves Argentinas / BirdLife International. While completing his studies for an MSc in Biology, he worked as organizer of the association`s field trips. As a biologist, he took part of field studies on penguins, waterfowl, shorebirds and blackbirds, publishing several articles in scientific journals and birding magazines. At the age of 24, he started leading international birding groups professionally, which took him to every corner in the country and most of South America. He is familiar with over 90% of the Argentine birds and a big portion of the southern cone species. He is also a bird sound recording enthusiast and enjoys sharing his passion for nature with others, organizing courses, lectures and bird forums to encourage people to discover the world of birds.

 
 
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Hernán Rodríguez Goñi

Hernán Rodríguez Goñi ( 51 ) started his career as a naturalist joining the Asociación Ornitológica del Plata (Aves Argentinas / BirdLife International partner) at the age of 13. Since 1986 he worked as a birding guide and tour leader of this field trips, eventualy becaming its organizer for a period that lasted over 14 years. Hernan visited every corner of Argentina, most countries of South America, and a big part of Africa, India, Australia and South-East Asia. He dictates lectures on several courses of eco-tourism for training local guides as naturalists. He is a professional wildlife photographer, and his work has been published in several local and international magazines. His photographic art is now illustrating most of our travel catalogue and this web site. Hernán is always seeking new areas and “hotspots” to visit and show around to those who share his passion.

 
 
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Emiliano Garcia Loyola

Emiliano Garcia Loyola ( 33 ) Emiliano was born and raised in a small town in the middle of the central hills of Córdoba, Argentina. A life in the mountains sparked his interest for nature as a child where birds were, naturally, something impossible to ignore. Currently he is pursuing a degree in biology and, as part of his formation as a researcher, he is conducting bird surveys using mist nets to study the avifauna of the Chaco woodlands. While applying this knowledge in conservation projects conducted by local NGOs, he also serves as a teacher in his homeland area. Emiliano is also an expert climber and mountaineer in the mighty Andes range, which he traveled extensively all along Argentina and some other South American countries. All these experiences interacting with nature and people had taken him to become a great company in the field and a superb birding guide.

 
 
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Hernán Casañas

Hernán Casañas ( 50 ) started his career as a naturalist and conservationist at the early age of twelve. He has collaborated and worked for some of the most important environmental organizations in Argentina. He has coordinated fieldwork for the Important Bird Areas program of Aves Argentinas. A special interest in avian vocalizations resulted in a thorough library of natural sounds. For over a decade he has recorded more than 600 species of Argentine birds. Since 1993 he lives in Cordoba province. He has conducted numerous birding and natural history trips throughout Argentina, and is especially interested in the endemic and endangered species found in the country. Hernan is an experienced leader who enjoys interacting with people, and has a great sense of humor.

 
 
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James Lowen

James Lowen ( 47 ) is a British wildlife writer, photographer and guide. Living in Argentina for three years, he criss-crossed the country to see more than 800 bird species. James`s books include Antarctic wildlife: a visitor`s guide, Pantanal wildlife, 52 wildlife weekends: a year of British wildlife-watching breaks and the forthcoming A summer of British wildlife: 100 great days out. Now resident in Britain, James writes regularly for magazines including BBC Wildlife and Bird Watching. Smitten with the birds of South and Central America, James edited the magazine Neotropical Birding from 2006-2010. James`s photographs have been published in more than 50 books and numerous magazines; his images are represented by the agency FLPA. An accomplished lecturer, James enthralls audiences with his talks at the British Birdwatching Fair each year. See http://jameslowen.com for more.

 
 
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Ignacio Roesler

Ignacio Roesler ( 36 ) Ignacio is a biologist specialized in Zoology from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He was born and raised in General Villegas, a little town in the middle of Argentina's Pampas . This meant that he always had a direct contact with the wilderness. By the early age of 11, a strong interest in birds took him to join us in many of our tours for local birders at Aves Argentinas (BirdLife). Since then he has travelled to every corner of the country and adjacent countries like Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. He is particularly fond of northern Argentina and Brazil, especially the Yungas forests, the Chaco area and the Atlantic Forest. To date he has published some papers and articles, of note being that about the Chaco Pipit, a species formerly considered Near-threatened, but still one of the least known pipits. At the age of 17 he started a collection of bird sound recordings, holding vocalizations of several rare species.

 
 
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Juan Klavins

Juan Klavins ( 40 ) lives with an intense passion for birds that has stayed with him since his childhood in the city of Buenos Aires. At the age of 15, he moved to La Cumbre (Cordoba) where that devotion for nature turned into a professional career. Initially he participated in a biodiversity survey in the Argentinean western Chaco conducted by the National Park Administration, followed by successive avian investigation campaigns with Aves Argentinas/BirdLife International and other non-profit institutions. In 2001 he moved to Paraguay where he worked three years for Guyra Paraguay/BirdLife as a consulting biologist with both migratory and resident species. He then worked for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (Vermont, USA) as a field biologist and data manager. His knowledge of nature extends beyond birds: he worked on botanical investigations in some South American countries as well as butterfly research in North America. Traveling and working form Argentina to Ecuador, the Caribbean island Hispaniola and from east to west of the USA has given him very extensive experience with the New World avifauna. Juan currently lives in in Misiones, Argentina doing what he knows best: bird research and guiding.

 
 
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Hector Slongo

Hector Slongo ( 33 ) was born in northern Italy and early on moved to Córdoba province, Argentina, where he currently lives. He was raised in the countryside, directly in contact with the natural world and from an early age developed a great passion for nature. His specific interest in birds started when he was eight and nowadays he is a keen birder and an avid sound recordist. He has a vast experience throughout most of Argentina and Bolivia, and has been also birding in Brazil, Britain and of course, Italy. Héctor is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian. His birding skills and friendly personality make of him a great guide and a perfect travel companion.

 
 
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Martina Mc Namara

Martina Mc Namara ( 39 ) lived all her life in Patagonia. Her passion for nature and adventure has taken her to pursue several outdoor activities since she was a child. Camping, flyfishing, climbing and trekking were the way to be in contact with the wildlife and to begin to understand its magic. She has a degree as an Engineer in Natural Resources and continued to focus on conservation projects. Nowadays, she is part of a research project on the Rio Gallegos Estuary in which she is developing an education program for the local people. Recently, she completed a volunteer season at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, USA. As a highly motivated person with knowledge on wildlife, specially on birds, and her strong interest on environmental and sustainable education, she brings to the company her field experience gained from working in collaboration with environmental and government institutions. She lectures on nature in schools and public institutions, and makes field surveys on environmental impact studies.

 
 
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Julian Quillen Vidoz

Julian Quillen Vidoz ( 33 ) Born in Argentina, Quillén has lived in Bolivia since 2004 and is currently studying biology at the Gabriel René Moreno University in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Inspired by his father, a National Parks Ranger, he started watching and painting birds at an early age. In 1999 he began carrying out bird inventories and guiding naturalist tours, and for the past three years he has been part of an international research team studying the migration of Fork-tailed Flycatcher in South America and the bird communities of the Amazon. He has published several research papers on the natural history, distribution, and migration of birds in Bolivia and is currently cooperating on the making of the forthcoming Birds of Bolivia book. His expertise on the birds of Bolivian lowlands and highlands makes him one of the most experienced local guides.

 
 
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Christian Savigny

Christian Savigny ( 39 ) A birder and illustrator from Mar del Plata, Argentina, Christian holds a BSc degree in Natural Sciences. Beguiled by birds since the late 80’s, he worked and volunteered for several NGO’s in conservation projects and worked as a Fisheries Observer. While becoming familiar with all seabirds of the SW Atlantic, he started lecturing and leading expeditions to Antarctica, where he returns every summer. In the meantime he traveled through Argentina, focusing on two extremes: Patagonia and Misiones. Having the fortune of finding some rarities, including one albatross and two petrel species new to Argentina, he has written many papers and articles, contributed to books like Argentina’s IBAs, Narosky’s Guide and co‐authored the “Commented Checklist of the Birds of Neuquén”. During three years he lived in England, grasping the essence of birding at its very cradle. Christian is currently preparing an ambitious handbook on the “Birds of the Southwest Atlantic & Antarctica”, combining his illustrations and knowledge with a user-friendly identification approach.

 
 
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LOCAL GUIDES

 
 
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Santiago Imberti

Santiago Imberti ( 45 ) was born and raised in southern Patagonia, where the wilderness was only a short step from his front door. A long lasting love for nature was a logical consequence of the years he lived there. He obtained a degree in tourism and ornithology, which allowed him to combine his love for nature and the outdoors with his work as a fly fishing, birdwatching and mountain guide. Avid naturalist, he is keen in spending as much time as possible in nature and is always looking for new places to visit and ways to transmit his love and interest in the small things to others. He has recently published the inventory of the birds of Los Glaciares National Park, and is conducting a continued study of the recently re-discovered Austral Rail. Santiago is a photographer and writes about the many places he visits, and his experiences as a guide. His articles and stories have been published in scientific journals and popular travel magazines.

 
 
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Marcelo de Cruz

Marcelo de Cruz ( 53 ) started his career as a naturalist and birdwatcher at the age of 22. After completing his studies of tourism in Buenos Aires, he moved to Tierra del Fuego in 1991. Since then he has explored every corner of this island in search of its unique wildlife, and has developed a special ability to find all bird, including the least common species. He is also familiar with virtually all the flora and fauna of the Magellanic forests, steppes, high mountains and seashores in Tierra del Fuego, and cooperates with the National Parks Administration in developing tourism as a sustainable option for conservation. He lives in Ushuaia with his wife, Paula, and his daughter, María Catalina.

 
 
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Ezequiel Núñez Bustos

Ezequiel Núñez Bustos ( 43 ) is a field naturalist and entomology is his main interest. For over 15 years he has conducted research on Argentine butterflies, gathering an amazing mass of information. Besides having examined many reference collections of specimens, his sharp eye is capable of identifying many of the 1300 diurnal species that inhabit in Argentina. He is also fond of moths and other insects as well as their food plants. He has conducted many surveys, working for the National Park Administration, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (WWF partner), and the Administration of Natural Reserves of Buenos Aires province . He serves as a scientific advisor for the Natureviewing Foundation and is currently working on a field guide to the butterflies of Iguazú, with the cooperation of Neotropical Butterflies. Since 1996 he dictates courses and talks about butterflies for general public, which added to his formation as a technician in tourism and environmental interpreter guide, has him as one of the best guides in the country.

 
 
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Luciano Bernacchi

Luciano Bernacchi ( 46 ) travelled and lived in different places as a boy and teenager, including four years in London. His interest in nature and birds started at the early age of 13, when he joined the Asociación Ornitológica del Plata, (Aves Argentina/Birdlife).
Birding took him and fellow birder friends to many corners of Argentina, neighboring countries and other continents. He later developed a strong interest in mountaineering and became a certified mountain guide, climbing instructor and ski patroller, as well as an expert on glaciers. For the past 20 years he has been leading expeditions, groups of birders, trekkers, mountaineers, and nature lovers to many destinations, in particular throughout the steppes, glaciers, forests, coasts and peaks of Patagonia. He is now based in the town of El Calafate (Argentine Patagonia) near Los Glaciares National Park, and he can usually found around Patagonia or Antarctica.

 
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OFFICE STAFF

 
 
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Patsy Wharton

Patsy Wharton ( 61 ) Patsy is our anglo Argentine office assistant, helping out with correspondence, handling sales and marketing, particularly with our foreign clients. She has lived abroad many years and travelled most of her life, having worked as a flight attendant, translator and also spent 15 years working as a French and English speaking guide in Los Glaciares National Park in Southern Patagonia.

 
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Featured Tours

Northeast Argentina

2016 departures Anytime from April to December
image A Birding journey from Buenos Aires to Iguazú
13 days / 12 nights

Northwest Argentina

2016 departures anytime from April to December
image Birding the diversity of the Andes
13 days / 12 nights

Southern Argentina Part I

2016 departures Anytime from October to March
image Pampas and Northern Patagonia
9 days / 8 nights

Southern Argentina Part II

2016 departures Anytime from October to March
image Southern Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego
8 days / 7 nights

Bolivian Highlights

2016 departures Anytime from April to October
image A birding trip from Santa Cruz to La Paz
14 days / 13 nights
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