About Birding With Me
Birding With Me - Birdwatching Tours was founded in 2014. After many years of experience as a bird guide, this began to be my personal way to invite worldwide birders to bird in barely explored destinations. Our mission is to enrich the travelers with the natural history of the birds, to promote a responsible tourism and to involve the participation of the local communities. You are welcome to be part of the experience!
The work team
Since I was a child I have been passionate about wildlife. When I was a teenager I started birding motivated by their conservation issues. Years later I became a biologist and started to do research on birds. It was during this period when I began to spend my free time leading birding tours. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do it full time, so this is what I have been undertaking for more than 10 years.
My goal is to create tours in which the traveler can get exclusive birdwatching experiences, and at the same time to leave a positive impact in the local communities and to promote wildlife conservation in the places we visit.
Paulo is the local bird guide in northeast Brazil. He has been a bird lover since he was 15 years old. His passion for birds increases the more he knows about them. With birds in mind he first got his degree in biology, and in 2018 he completed a master's degree in bird ecology, specifically focused on habitat use patterns and co-occurrence of Thamnophilidae family bird species of the Atlantic Forest. As a bird guide he works tirelessly to find all the birds he proposes to and his ability to recognize them by their sounds facilitates his goal. He performs in the same way in any of the biomes of northeast Brazil, such as the Caatinga, Cerrado, Mangroves or the Atlantic Forest.
João P. Tavares
João is a biologist specialized in bird ecology and at the moment he is doing a PhD in same this discipline, in Rio Grande do Norte Federal University. At the same time, he works at SAVE, an NGO dedicated to bird conservation. His role here is to monitor the shorebirds of the Bacia Potiguar Region. As a local bird guide in northeast Brazil, João is familiar with all the biomes, he has a great knowledge about bird geographical distribution and has the ability to recognize birds by their sounds.
Commitment to local communities, birds and their habitats
Birding With Me promotes birding trips that benefit local communities. Whenever is possible, the chosen accommodations are run by the owners or, better still, are family houses where both the traveler and the host find a space to interact. These families preserve cultural traditions, are involved in environmental conservation projects or agro-ecologicalfood production. All this enriches the travelers' experience and at the same time is a way to contribute to the economic development of the local communities. Local guides are a very important part of the tours as well. They contribute with exclusive knowledge about the birds and their habitats. In most of the cases, the local guides are biologists or other specialists involved in bird and environmental conservation projects, as it is the AQUASIS workteam in the northeastern Brazil tour. Every birder who chooses Birding With Me contributes to this cause.
Testimonials & references
2019 “Florencia was no less than outstanding at knowing where to find birds of particular species, how to coax them into view, how to point them out to clients when it was difficult to see them, and explaining their ecology and life histories to clients”
George S. Bloom, Ph.D. University of Virginia
2017 "I communicated with Florencia by email and she put together an amazing, custom 15 days tour that exceeded all my expectations. In addition to seeing over 200 species of birds, I enjoyed learning so much about the history and culture of Uruguay. I met many amazing people, visited a variety of habitats, stayed in a variety of accommodations, and enjoyed delicious traditional food. Florencia worked tirelessly to make every part of the trip enjoyable. As a biologist I was impressed with how much she knew about not only the birds but all the plants and animals we encountered. Although much smaller than its large neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, the country is safe, easy to navigate, and has a variety of habitats, home to over 450 species of birds. In my opinion, Uruguay is an undiscovered gem in South America".
William J. Pohley, PhD. USA.
2016 “My first opportunity to do some birding in South America was during a business trip to Uruguay in October 2012. We only had one day which coincided with a rain storm, which later developed into a hurricane. Despite the bad weather, Florencia showed me over 70 different species, most of which were new to me. So when the opportunity to return to Uruguay came up in May 2016, I did not hesitate to hire Florencia again; this time for two full days.
Florencia can not only identify the birds by sight, but she is also familiar with their calls and songs. Particularly important for me with my poor eyesight is her ability to point out or describe the exact location of our quarry.
Above all Florencia is great company and an absolute pleasure to be with. We are now good friends and I can’t wait to go birding with her again.”
Ian Misslebrook. UK.