Angel Abreu is a bilingual educator and naturalist, professional birding guide and mentor to young birders. He was raised in Miami, Florida, by Cuban parents who encouraged outdoor exploration. His love of nature came from the waters that surrounded Florida--the ocean provided a getaway from the busy metropolis of Miami, and it’s where he had his first experiences with birds and other wildlife. From oceans to the “River of Grass,” Angel developed a strong bond for the unique flora and fauna of the Florida Everglades while working on several Everglades Restoration and species monitoring projects. This fascination with wildlife led him to a career path that he cherishes; leading tours and teaching others about culture, birds and wildlife–immersed in nature, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Angel and his wife Mariel Abreu are now leading birding tours, specializing in helping you, find and learn the birds of Florida, Cuba and beyond through their guiding service Nature is Awesome Tours www.NatureisAwesomeTours.com. Angel is also a leader for Miami’s Tropical Audubon Society, he also guides, presents and teaches workshops at birding and wildlife festivals across the states.
Mariel Abreu is a naturalist, educator, mentor, and professional birding guide. She was raised in Miami, proud of her Cuban heritage and speaks fluent English and Spanish. Mariel is passionate about engaging young naturalists and birders with her knowledge of south Florida’s birds and wildlife. Thanks in part to her mother who always encouraged her never-ending enthusiasm and desire to learn about nature. As a child she was captivated by nature; birds, reptiles and mammals, especially big cats which fueled her interest in the natural world. Growing up in close proximity to the Florida Everglades forged an urge to learn more about the flora and fauna of the amazing ecosystem. Today she is passing on her love of the Everglades to South Florida’s youth through educational and community outreach programs. You can find her guiding and teaching workshops at birding and wildlife festivals or leading tours of Florida, Cuba and beyond through her guiding service Nature is Awesome Tours www.NatureisAwesomeTours.com. She adds a woman’s touch to her tours; expect a guide that works hard for you, a guide that is attentive with enthusiasm, and a smile that is contagious. She loves to spread her passion for all things nature, and it’s no surprise that her favorite saying is “Nature is Awesome!”
Christina Baal is an artist, birder/guide, and naturalist who earned a BA in Studio Art from Bard College in 2014. After graduation, she set off to fulfill her dream of seeing and drawing each of the 10,000 species of birds in the world. Her adventures have taken her across the country, from the rocky crags of Maine to the steamy swamps of Florida; to the deserts of New Mexico and the Pacific Ocean along Pacific Highway 1. Along the way, she has met hundreds of birds and countless people who share a fascination with the winged creatures that can defy geographic as well as cultural boundaries.
Christina decided to pursue a career in environmental education to explore the relationship between art, science, people, and birds. She founded an online community gallery, "Drawing 10,000 Birds," as a common space for people to share their emotional experiences with birds. She was an artist-in-residence at Ucross, Wyoming, in 2015, and returned in 2016 to develop work for an exhibition, "The Universal Language of Birds," that opened in June of 2017. She hopes that one day, people all over the world will share their relationships with birds through art in an effort to protect these winged creatures and the entire natural world. Her home base is currently Mamaroneck, New York.
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