Cuba: Premier Birding Guide Biographical Sketch
Arturo Kirkconnell is a curator at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba for the Ornithology Department.
Arturo, a native of Cuba, is recognized by many birders as the leading authority on Cuban birds. He is the co-author of two books, including A Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba, and A Birdwatchers’ Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans.
He truly loves birding and ornithology, and this is his passion. His curriculum vitae includes 77 scientific papers, mostly focused on Cuban and Caribbean ornithology, natural history and conservation. At present, he is working on another project, The Birds of Cuba (that will be published by the BOU Checklist Series). Arturo completed his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Havana.
As part of the Museum’s efforts to collect ornithological data, Arturo has been leading birding tours in Cuba for over two decades (since 1988). To date he has guided more than 200 birding groups. He designed the present birding itinerary, and he has developed the main strategies for bird-finding in Cuba.
Clients praise Arturo for his field skills, and they also indicate that his customer service is excellent. On trip after trip, both Arturo Sr and Arturo Jr (his son) prove they take good care of our clients, and they work hard to meet our customers’ needs throughout the tour.
You will enjoy your birding and ornithological study experience with Arturo.
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Emily moved to Colorado from Seattle where she graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s of Education. In addition, she received a certification in Environment, Education and Community from IslandWood, a graduate environmental education program on Bainbridge Island, WA. Previously, she worked as a resource management and conservation project coordinator for the Tucson Bureau of Land Management/Student Conservation Association. She was also involved with the Tucson Audubon Society, where she took naturalist classes and created interactive education booths for their annual Ironwood Festival. Emily enjoys rock climbing, photography, trail running, camping, gardening, eating chips & salsa, and hiking with her fluffy tuxedo cat Murphy and her husband Steven.