Guide Biographies


Milton Avalos- I was born and raised in Riobamba about 120 miles south of Quito in the Ecuadorian Highlands. After studying Ecotourism in University I started my thesis in 2004 at Bellavista cloudforest reserve in the Tandayapa Valley where I developed my interest on nature and birds. After finishing my work there I came to the amazon to Sani Lodge in April 2006 where I worked for a year as a naturalist. Since then I've been working around many of the lodges of the Ecuadorian Amazon like Sacha Lodge, Napo Wildlife Center, Kapawi Lodge and for the last 2 years in the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Also birding more intensively in the amazon the cloud forest with San Isidro Bird Ecuador.

Leo Garrigues


Andres Murillo


Doris Valencia


Dan van den Broek-Began birding before the age of 10. His first birding trips was with the Audubon Society of Portland and he was hooked. He has worked for many agencies conducting bird surveys and banding projects including Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Redwood Sciences Lab, Klamath Bird Observatory, and Avifauna Northwest. He spent 6 field season from 1998-2003 conducting bird banding and surveys at the Caribbean Conservation Corporation in Tortuguero Costa Rica. From 1990 to 2011 he has led numerous day trips throughout the state of Oregon and Washington. In 2004 he led his first international tour to Costa Rica for the Audubon Society of Portland. From 2004-201l he led many tours to Costa Rica as well as to India, Ecuador, Peru, Scotland, Panama, Nepal, Belize, and England. During that time he also did tours closer to his home in Oregon as well as in Washington and Texas. From 2008-2011 he has been teaching the School of Birding program at the Audubon Society of Portland.


Portland Audubon Guides


Steve Engel


Steve Robertson