Birding Guatemala's Highlands - Jason Fidorra - September 2022 - YVAS Program

Birding Guatemala's Highlands with Jason Fidorra - September 2021 - YVAS Program

Jason Fidorra presents photos and stories about the birds and birding in Guatemala from a trip in February 2020. The highlands of Guatemala are a UNESCO awarded colorful haven for several birds that are, or soon will be, on every birder's most wanted list: Pink-headed warbler, Resplendent Quetzal, Azure-rumped Tanager, and the near-mythical unicorn, the Horned Guan, top the list as some of Central Americas finest avian attractions. Jason Fidorra has been a birder and field biologist since 2003 when he moved to central Texas to survey Golden-cheeked Warblers. He worked on bird research and conservation across North America before settling in Tri-Cities in Central Washington in 2015. He now works in the imperiled shrubsteppe as a wildlife biologist for WDFW. As a recreational birder, he has travelled prolifically to the tropics on independent birding excursions and as a guide for international tour companies to Central America. Jason is a strong proponent of eBird for citizen science and recruiting new birders. Jason is currently a board member for the local Lower Columbia Basin Audubon chapter and serves on the WA Ornithological Society board of directors.

Posted by Yakima Valley Audubon Society on Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Jason Fidorra presents photos and stories about the birds and birding in Guatemala from a trip in February 2020. The highlands of Guatemala are a UNESCO awarded colorful haven for several birds that are, or soon will be, on every birder's most wanted list: Pink-headed warbler, Resplendent Quetzal, Azure-rumped Tanager, and the near-mythical unicorn, the Horned Guan, top the list as some of Central Americas finest avian attractions.

Image - Emerald Toucanet with breakfast at a Guatemalan Coffee Farm. Photo by Jason Fidorra
Emerald Toucanet with breakfast at a Guatemalan Coffee Farm. Photo by Jason Fidorra

Jason Fidorra has been a birder and field biologist since 2003 when he moved to central Texas to survey Golden-cheeked Warblers. He worked on bird research and conservation across North America before settling in Tri-Cities in Central Washington in 2015. He now works in the imperiled shrubsteppe as a wildlife biologist for WDFW. As a recreational birder, he has travelled prolifically to the tropics on independent birding excursions and as a guide for international tour companies to Central America. Jason is a strong proponent of eBird for citizen science and recruiting new birders. Jason is currently a board member for the local Lower Columbia Basin Audubon chapter and serves on the WA Ornithological Society board of directors.

Image - Jason Fidorra in front of a colorful mural in Guatemala
Jason Fidorra in front of a colorful mural in Guatemala