New Binocualrs for the Youngest of the Guides Trained

Youngest of the Guides Trained

Youngest of the Guides Trained

One of the youngest participants (and one of few females) in National Audubon’s basic bird guide training course in the community of Uaxactún, Petén, Guatemala last year, Fabiola Ramos is a quiet but confident 9th grader with hawk-like eyes and a great memory. In addition to the monthly 3-day sessions on bird ID, guiding and English for birders over the course of 5 months, she had support from her father (who worked for the Peregrine Fund) to learn the birds in the trees around her house and in the family’s fields. He would tell her the scientific names and she would research the names in English. After the course ended and despite having no binoculars, she kept motivated. She even stood up to her friends when they made fun of her bird knowledge. With dedication and perseverance comes reward, and Audubon working with the American Birding Association was happy to deliver a pair of 8×42 Pentax to Fabiola on April 22nd thanks to ABA’s Birders’ Exchange Program.

Uaxactun is a remote but promising birding destination about 45 minutes drive north of the world renown Tikal ruins.

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