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Cuba: Premier Birding Guide Biographical Sketch

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Arturo Kirkconnell-guide:

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 (R1) and Arturo (R2) 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.


Norm Lewis-trip host:

Norm Lewis has guided numerous birding tours across North America, including multiple trips to Southeast Arizona, Alaska, Florida, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the Upper Texas Coast, California, Nebraska and the Platte River Valley, North Carolina, New Mexico and elsewhere. Indiana is his home state, where his brother taught him about bird watching.


For over twenty years he has led monthly trips across Colorado for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Recently, he has hosted a trip to Costa Rica, Ecuador and several other of our South American destinations.


Norm is always good for a quick and tricky identification. He is always helpful with a quick lesson on the finer points of bird identification in the field.


Norm is the Past-President of the Colorado Field Ornithologists and a Research Associate in the Department of Zoology with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


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