Cuba: Premier Birding Guide Biographical Sketch
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Luis M. Diaz-guide:
Luis M. Díaz, PhD, has been a curator at the National Museum of Natural History in Havana since 1998. He is an enthusiastic birder and long term naturalist. He has guided natural history tours in Cuba for over seventeen years, and he has been a bird guide since 2003. He has led over sixty birding tours in Cuba, and he is very popular with birders as a guide. He has guided with well-known American birders, including Jon Dunn and David Sibley.
His research is focused on the taxonomy and conservation of Cuban amphibians and reptiles. He has over one hundred published works, including the Guía Taxonómica de los Anfibios de Cuba. Luis has described twenty new species of herps for Cuba and the Dominican Republic. He has traveled as a researcher or lecturer, including to the Dominican Republic, Germany, Japan, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Guadaloupe, Italy, Canada and the United Sates. Despite his specialized research profile, he loves guiding bird-watchers, as they are interested in birds and other wildlife in Cuba.
Ken Burton-trip host:
Ken Burton has been a passionate - some would say obsessed - birder since the early 1980s, when he got hooked while living in Kenya for a year. Since then he has traveled the world and racked up a life list of well over 4,000 species. He is currently nearing completion of a years-long quest to see all the world's bird families; this, his first trip to Cuba, will add one more. Ken has financed his travels by working as a researcher, project manager, and guide for various companies, organizations, institutions, and agencies and has written several books along the way. His home base is Humboldt County, California. This will be his third trip with PIB.