Kate Wallace arrived in the Dominican Republic in 1994 to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the area of Environmental Education.
She began guiding in 1997 and has been active as a guide ever since. She is the local guide for Victor Emanuel, among others, and also will arrange tours to suit the time and interests of the birders. Kate is also a member of Sociedad Ornitológica de la Hispaniola(SOH), Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (formerly the Society of Caribbean Ornithology). She also coordinates the Yaguaza Project, also known as the West Indian Whistling Duck Project. this is a program of SCSCB dedicated to education about the importance of wetlands throughout the Caribbean and the need for their conservation.
Iván’s passion for birds, especially owls and nightjars, dates back from his elementary school years and bird watching has been one of his hobbies for over 25 years. Iván has traveled extensively throughout the Dominican Republic, exploring all the National Parks and Natural Reserves studying the biology, ecology and distribution of the species that occur in DR.
In the past few years he has led tours for Tody Tours as well as numerous independent tours tracking down the island endemics.
Iván has been collaborating with Chris Rimmer from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE),
Since 2010, doing fieldwork and training park rangers in order to promote the conservation of the Bicknell's Thrush and some endangered endemics on Hispaniola.
He was an International Intern at Project Puffin Seabird Restoration Program, Bremen, Maine, USA, spending three months working with a group of Biologists at five different islands off the coast of Maine. Seal island, Jenny Island, Pond Island, Eastern Egg Rock, and Stratton Island. We conducted Population Counts, Productivity and Chick Growth studies, census, Movement, survival rates, nest and mate fidelity for several species including Atlantic Puffins, Arctic and Roseate Terns and Razorbills.
Iván is currently a Biology Degree student at the University of UASD, in Santo Domingo, DR., focused on avian conservation, ecology and taxonomy. He has also been documenting nature through photography. Many of my photographs and artworks can be seen at:
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