Nelson ContardoBirding Guide
Nelson was born in Santiago, but lived part of his childgood in the Maule region, where he built a strong connection with nature, like his grandfather had. He decided to study Adventure Tourism with the aim of traveling. Birdwatching had motivated him to travel along the country to look for new birds, visiting almost all the regions and ecosystem that Chile has to offer.
He has been working since 2010 in environmental education, advising and managing eco-tourism parks, mostly in central Chile. In addition, Nelson has been guiding school trips, as well as tourists, photographers, naturalists, and birders.
His passion for hiking in the Andes has led him to spend a lot of time birding, while he does expeditions in remote areas. Over the years, he has gained significant experience in the field, looking for rarities around Santiago and Valparaiso.
Nelson is a reviewer for e-Bird Chile and is an active member of the NGO Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC), in which he has participated in numerous research projects. He also collaborates on the Neotropical Waterbird Census since 2014 within the O’Higgins region, coastal Valparaiso region and Santiago wetlands twice a year.
In 2018-19 he had the opportunity to study abroad in Canada, allowing him to experience another culture, share and learn from Canadian birders. He was very grateful for and motivated with this birding experience, by being challenged to identify warblers and visiting bird banding observatories.