July 25 & October 31
Paul Greenfield grew up near New York City and became interested in birds as a child. He received his B.F.A. from Temple University where he was an art major at the Tyler School of Art. Since 1972, he has lived in Ecuador where his fascination for birds and art has culminated with the completion of 20 years of work illustrating the book he co-authored with Robert Ridgely, The Birds of Ecuador. Paul is very involved in saving Ecuador's avian diversity and important habitats through his involvement with various foundations, as well as working with local government and communities to encourage their involvement in the protection of "their" biodiversity and the promotion of birding tourism in Ecuador.
After teaching elementary school for several years, Tony Nunnery moved to Monteverde in Costa Rica. His fascination with birds began when a friend there showed him a resplendent quetzal and a bare-necked umbrellabird in the same tree. This experience "hooked" him on birds, and he soon learned the Costa Rican birds and conducted guided tours. In 1997 he relocated to Ecuador where he bought land and built a home in the Tandayapa Valley. Since settling in that beautiful valley, Tony has played an important role in ecotourism and conservation. He has guided groups throughout Ecuador. Tony and his wife Barbara are becoming renowned for the hummingbird show they have created in their yard where 28 hummingbird feeders regularly attract 15 to 20 species of hummingbirds—a total exceeding any other location in the world. Their yard list includes an amazing 40 species of hummingbirds, a world record.
The Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill has worked hands-on with wildlife for over 30 years. While most recognized from numerous television appearances, including “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show with David Letterman,” Magill has also developed and directed award-winning conservation projects and documentaries focusing on the wildlife of Africa, India and tropical America. In recognition of his wildlife preservation efforts, Magill received the prestigious Wildlife Ambassador Award.