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Yousif grew up with the birds of southern Alberta, although he was born on the Nile. Inherently drawn to the natural world during his childhood, he swiftly began studying wildlife, birds and mammals in particular, which eventually turned into a career as a field biologist.
Nick Bartok grew up in central Ontario on the doorstep of Algonquin Provincial Park and has been birdwatching since childhood. After completing a BES at the University of Waterloo with a thesis on Trumpeter Swans in Ontario, he moved to Yuma, Arizona to conduct research on secretive marsh birds along the Colorado River and at the Salton Sea. Read more about Nick Bartok
Born in Fortaleza, Ceará in 1989, Caio Brito graduated in Biological Sciences in 2012 from the State University of Ceará. That same year, he decided to go on a motorcycle journey through Brazil. The purpose of his trip was to record the largest possible number of bird species and see the incredible biogeographical diversity of Brazil.Read more about Caio Brito
Lev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia but has spent most of his life in Ontario. He has always had a keen interest in many forms of wildlife, which started at a young age from scouring the forest floor in search of insects and other creatures – he knew that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life! Read more about Lev Frid
Héctor Gómez de Silva was born in Mexico in 1969, but spent his early years in New York City and Kenya. He began birding in New York at eight years of age, and published his first article about birds at the age of fifteen while living in Kenya. Read more about Héctor Gómez de Silva
Steve began his career as an ornithologist at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, close to where he grew up among the company of eastern migratory birds. He has since headed west to the Kootenay region of British Columbia but continues to exhibit an affinity for migration by traveling abroad on birding and photo assignments. Read more about Steve Ogle
Paul cannot recall a time when he was not birding, and his passion has always been for migrant songbirds. Through the 70s and 80s in Britain he concentrated on those birds that were heading to and from sub-Saharan Africa; but since 1991 he has spent literally thousands of hours in the field in southern Ontario watching and studying those that make the parallel journey to and from South and Central America. Read more about Paul Prior