rudygelis Curator

Joined: Mar 05, 2018 Last Active: Feb 21, 2019

I enjoy learning and teaching. 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.

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