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Domiciano (“Domi”) Alveo was born and raised in El Valle de Antón—the lush, green crater of an extinct volcano considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Panama. But more than just a gorgeous location, El Valle hosts a fantastic array of birds. Domi's interest in birds started when he was in his early youth; he live-trapped a few birds and kept them in cages so he could appreciate them close up. He soon realized that birds needed to be free, so he released his birds and started learning to identify bird species near his home by not only how they looked, but also their calls and songs.
He started as a nature/bird guide in El Valle at the age of 14. For several years he apprenticed under the guidance of a long-time birder in El Valle, but most of what he learned was self-taught by spending years in the field. He worked for two years as a canopy zip-line instructor and nature guide. Since 2007, he worked as a bird guide in Gamboa, leading hundreds of tours of Pipeline Road, Gamboa, and other areas. His clients include scores of individuals, as well as some of the best birding companies in Panama and worldwide. Domi has spent extensive time birding in central Panama, in the western foothills, and in Darién, Panama’s easternmost province full of specialty species. Domi is familiar and confident with identification, both visually and by sound, of Panama’s birds across the country. Not only is he a top-notch birder, but also bilingual (Spanish and English), considerate, and patient, making him one of the best bird guides in Panama.
Domi is also an avid eBirder, check out his eBird profile and keep up to date with all of his recent sightings across Panama.
When not guiding, Domi spends time scouting areas for new birding sites. He enjoys traveling with his family and taking his three daughters out birding.
Tyler McClain is a naturalist, a keen birder, and a current student at the University of Toledo, where he is working towards his Environmental Studies degree. He is passionate about connecting the youth to nature, through various programs he is involved with, such as his current internship with AmeriCorps. This program connects him, with local youth in various science programs, including nature camps on multiple islands of Lake Erie. In addition to this project, Tyler is passionately involved in a program geared towards establishing pollinator habitats, within Kelleys Island. Tyler has also volunteered at a Carey, Ohio bird banding station since the age of seven, which is where he began to understand and learn birds and their ecology.
Tyler is a fun, reliable and trustworthy guide, who has transformed from a talented young birder, to a mentor for young birders. He’s also led field trips for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory since 2016, including festival trips for the Biggest Week in American Birding. In his free time, Tyler enjoys birding, fishing, herping, and nature photography. He hopes to guide you on your next adventure!