Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Roles at NAAEE:CCC Fellow
San Pancho Bird Observatory
Luis studied Marine Biology at Universidad del Mar in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico, with a major in coral-reef ecology. During his undergraduate studies, Cornell University awarded him with a Tropical Marine Ecology fellowship in 2000. More recently, in 2012, the US Forest Service awarded Luis the opportunity to be a part of their international program, Wings Across the Americas, working on 4-month internship bird-banding at the Klamath Bird Observatory in southern Oregon. His work experience has been oriented towards environmental education and conservation. Luis has worked in multiple sectors including governmental, private, academic and social. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the San Pancho Bird Observatory (SPBO). As part of his job Luis helps integrate, coordinate, and conduct SPBO´s programs as well as leading birding tours for national and international tourists. As a leader of the SPBO team, he has helped to establish partnerships with government agencies and stakeholders, including the USDA Forest Service International Programs and Environment Canada, with whom SPBO works on population recovery of Species at Risk.
As part of the Climate Change Community Fellowship, Luis is coordinating the development of the Selva Escuela (Jungle School) project. This project intends to create an alliance with private land owners to develop state-of-the-art facilities for a Montessori School and the San Pancho Bird Observatory. Such facilities will integrate all the possible elements, methodologies and techniques for sustainable practices. The Selva Escuela project will integrate a full life-cycle educational model, one where people from all ages can teach and learn in a continuous process, with recreational and scientific research activities that will educate, train, and inform both the domestic and international communities on issues such as climate change, sustainable community development, and conservation.