Diego Calderón

He is a biologist at the University of Antioquia in Medellín, and has been birding for 20 years throughout Colombia. After studying social systems of courtship in spruces and the natural history of migratory birds in the Neotropics, as well as the relationships between Galliformes and Anseriformes during his academic life, today his biology is much simpler and romantic: focused on the natural history of birds, on understanding Colombian geography through them, and knowing more about their behaviors, distribution ranges, nesting, among others. In 2007 Diego founded COLOMBIA Birding, the oldest Creole birding company in the country, with which he guides and offers trips to all corners of Colombia, as well as guiding in other Latin American countries. In the field, In the field, Diego makes videos with a technique called digiscoping, with which he not only captures birds but also orchids in situ, landscapes, and nature in general, which he shares at @diegoCOLbirding. Diego has explored remote sites such as the Serranía de Pirre in the Darién and the Baudó mountains, the Putumayo lowlands, the Serranía de Perijá and the Guyanese white sand forests in Mitú where he has found several new bird records for the country, and has had the privilege of participating in the description of a couple of new bird species for science. Diego stars in THE BIRDERS, a beautiful documentary about birds, music and culture in Colombia, as well as National Geographic's BIRDWATCHING WITH FARC where he shows us how birds connect people. Recently, Diego is part of The Birders Show on YouTube. Diego has been sharing his life experiences in his talk "Pajariando con FARC" which invites to reconciliation and build a new Colombia.