Mariana Zerega Contreras
Bird of prey
She is a biologist born in Ensenada, Baja California but grown in Valle de San Quintin. She graduated from the Faculty of Sciences at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. She started her career with diurnal birds of prey at the Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park, a nearby place in her childhood. She has worked as a professor and as a scientific observer of aquatic mammals in the migratory route of the Gray Whale. She has also been an instructor of bird monitoring at the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas. Recently, she completed a research stay at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, conducting spectrophotometry in the plumage of the elf owl. In her path as an ornithologist, she initiated in the art of birdwatching learning to identify, observe and appreciate birds that exist beyond books and theories. She has also been a volunteer for non-governmental organizations in Baja California teaching children and young people to watch birds. She is well-known as Bird of Prey in internet, for her dissemination project about birds, personal experiences and environmental education that aims to raise awareness on the relevant role of birds in our world; and to turn ornithology into a comprehensible and accessible science for any person, no matter age or educational background.