Joined: Mar 05, 2018 Last Active: Nov 26, 2021 iNaturalist

I enjoy learning and teaching and I am more interested in figuring things out rather than being right. Birds and plants in Ecuador are what I know best. Where I live and have called my home for 20 years: Ecuador. I started as a naturalist guide in the Amazon of Ecuador about 20 years ago and I lead natural history and birding trips across most of Ecuador, assist with logistics and instruction for university courses (Tropical Ecology, Evolution, Conservation Biology), plus lead occasional tours to Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. Please have a healthy skepticism of anything I ID to species, and be sure I will do the same for your IDs. I organize and lead educational natural history trips, with a special emphasis on plants and/or birds. Group size varies from as little as one and with plant trips can be as many as 10 people. If you are a botany lover in an orchid society, contact me and let's talk shop. Advice for any visitor interested in orchids of Ecuador: bring a camera and lens for macro photography (right now my favorite is the Olympus Tough). Ecuador has roughly 20,000 vascular plant species. One in 5 are orchids. In early January 2018, iNaturalist has less than 300 orchid species (of about 4000 orchid species here based on herbarium specimens) observations for Ecuador. An important part of all of my trips is citizen science: go outside, take photos, share and learn. We have several field guides to our ca. 1600 bird species and no decent sense of orchid ID as a community. Time to get to work! Something you won't appreciate if you aren't paying close attention to my observations: I get a lot of ID help from many people around the world from a variety of platforms, and within iNaturalist I give these generous people credit for their IDs.

Estoy muy feliz de colaborar. Me encantan las buenas criticas. Una de las murallas que se va a caer con el uso de iNaturalista es la que se encuentra entre los cientificos y el resto del mundo.

links and website useful for ID:

butterflies of the americas:

butterflies in the Amazon:

butterflies of cotacachi: great for pics, plus often synonymy and more

florula of nearby maquipucuna:

orchids of maquipucuna:

vascular flora of ecuador, outdated but nice to see thousands of herbarium specimens' locality data:

2-face book groups: REIVINDICANDO A LAS ARAÑAS (Vindicating SPIDERS)--one of my favorite groups; admins strictly control postings and fear and idiocy; Faceplant, mostly in Spanish, superb for botany; planet pleurothallid; epidendrum; American Orchid Society;

great website for ctenids:

youtube videos of Mindo project during pandemia:

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