When you sign up for this birding program, any of the following may be your guide:
Edson has been birding with his family since early childhood. He lives in São Paulo, where he shares with everyone his knowledge of the avifauna, usually with a lot of humor. He knows where to find and identify many species. Since 1995 he has been a professional photographer of wild birds, specializing in rare, threatened or badly known species. He learned, in this way, to identify many species in different environments, such as the Cerrado, Atlantic Forest and Pantanal. He has presented his work in the United States, in Tucson, AZ, for the Audubon Society, where he talked about Brazilian birds.
Pedro has a Master's degree in ecology from the University of São Paulo. He has ten years experience in bird surveys on different Brazilian ecosystems, such as the Amazon Forest, Pantanal, Cerrado and especially the Atlantic Forest. He is the author of papers about the ecology and conservation of birds published in international journals. Presently he is a PhD candidate in Ecology at the University of Sao Paulo studying the effect of forest fragmentation on Atlantic Forest birds
Luís Fábio Silveira
Luís is a native of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State. Now he lives in São Paulo, and he has a Master's degree in Zoology from São Paulo University. He has been a birder since the 80´s, when he went to his parents´ farm searching for Cerrado species. He worked also in Pantanal, Atlantic Forest, Caatinga and Amazon. He has published papers about the natural history and conservation of such threatened species as the Dwarf Tinamou, the Three-toed Jacamar and the Brazilian Merganser, which he studied in Serra da Canastra National Park. Now his studies are focused on the phylogeny and taxonomy of the Neotropical family Cracidae (Curassows, Guans and Chachalacas), his new passion.
Edson, Pedro and Luís conduct EarthFoot's Customized Birding tours in Southeastern Brazil experience.