Rafael Antonio Rueda Hernández
Rafael is an ornithologist who has been studying birds for almost 20 years. He grew up in the small town of Xalapa, right on the world's largest autumn flyway. After receiving his M.S. in Biology, Rafael traveled to the U.S. and Costa Rica to lead bird banding projects to assess avian productivity and winter connectivity of endangered species. He earned a Ph.D. in Ornithology from UNAM, Mexico's premier university, studying cloud forest birds in southeastern Mexico. Rafael has also published more than 20 scientific articles and has been leading tours in Veracruz and southern Mexico since 2006, where he initiated "All the Birds of Veracruz", a project that aims to visit the main birding sites in the state and as many species as possible during 2022.