Birding Bogotá & Colombia


Founder, manager and tour leader: Diana Balcázar

Diana Balcázar has been interested in birds since she was a little girl and began “birding” in 1998 when she joined the Asociación Bogotana de Ornitología (ABO) (Bogotá Ornithological Association). Since that same year she started working in conservation with the community action committee of her neighborhood to help protect the wetlands of the Sabana de Bogotá.

Later, as a member of the Board of the ABO she created in the monthly Birding Initiation Workshops Program, which she led for three years, and was the principal trainer for the Urban Wetlands Project, designed to raise awareness through bird watching of the wetlands of the city to teachers and students from fourteen public schools in Bogotá. Since then she has conducted more than ninety additional workshops for twenty schools, universities, associations and the public and has lectured on birds at several institutions.

In all these years, she has being studying and enjoying birds permanently traveling to many regions of Colombia and attending eleven national ornithology meetings in different Departments of the country.

All these activities led her to work, since 2009, as a birding guide for hundreds of visitors from the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Mexico, Spain and Japan, among other countries.

In her tours and workshops, Diana greatly enjoys sharing her knowledge and appreciation of the birds and natural history of her country to people as well as historical, cultural and geographical issues for those interested in these matters.

Diana is a graduate in Social Communication and journalism from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and has a MA in Visual Arts and Communication from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She has also worked as a journalist and as an editor of books and magazines.

Her book, Los pájaros de mi ciudad (The birds in My City) (2006) recounts stories of encounters with birds in her native city, Bogotá. Her workbook Aves migratorias, viajeras extremas (Migratory Birds, Extreme Travellers) (ProAves Foundation) won the best children’s environmental education publication award in the Communicators Symposium of Conservation International in Costa Rica, (2006). Other workbook credits include Manual para observadores de aves (Manual for Birdwatchers) and Loros, siempre libres (Parrots, Always Free) (ProAves Foundation, 2006 and 2007). Her most recent publication, Las aves, maravillas para ver y disfrutar (Birds, Wonders to See and Enjoy), (2001), is an illustrated birding manual for children.

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