Santiago Imberti

Birding & Naturalist Guide

Santiago, born in southern Patagonia, Argentina, is an ornithologist, birder, photographer, fisherman, climber, and writer. His love for the outdoors drove him to pursue a degree in ornithology and later in tourism, which over the years allowed him to combine his love for nature and the outdoors with his work as a birdwatcher, naturalist, fly-fishing, and mountain guide. He has been guiding trips in Patagonia, the Antarctic, Arctic and anywhere you can go on a ship in the world for 32 years now. You guessed it, pelagic birding is a bit of a thing for him…

However, his main passion is conservation and research. So when not ‘working’, he does field work, mostly in southern Patagonia and is the current President of Asociación Ambiente Sur – an NGO that seeks to protect the environment and educate the new generations on a sustainable way of life in southern Patagonia. From 1999 to 2014 he coordinated the project to save the now critically endangered Hooded Grebe, an endemic bird in Patagonia, as well as the creation of the Patagonia National Park in Argentina, a massive protected area that aims to save the grebe and some of the least known habitats in South America.

His articles and stories have been published in scientific journals and popular travel magazines and a few books. Since his musical abilities are rather poor, he has produced a couple cds of the beautiful bird sounds of South America, Patagonia and Antarctica. He is also an eBird reviewer for southern Argentina, the Falklands Is., South Georgia and the South Sandwich Island.

He lives in Punta Arenas, southern Patagonia, Chile, with his wife Melissa and his son León.