Michael Castro was born on October 11, 1981 in Panama City, Panama. He grew up in Achiote area, which is a great area to see and learn about birds. He bird-guided for Canopy Tower from 2013 to 2017, and is a city-tourism guide as well as a birding guide. He knows all of the songs and calls of the birds in the Pipeline Road area. He is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Photos, here by permission, were taken while birding with Kent Livezey along Pipeline Road: male Ringed Kingfisher (Evelyn Fiddes) and male Red-capped Manakin dancing on his lek (Mario Olteanu). Header photos of male Spotted Antbird (Jacques Giraud) and Keel-billed Toucan (Wayne Lynch) are here by permission. Website by Kent Livezey.
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Nando Quiroz (pronounced "keeROS") was born on May 22, 1974 in Puerto Armuelles, Chiriqui Province, western Panama. Rosabel Miro (now Executive Director of Panama Audubon Society) and Karl Kaufman of Cerro Azul introduced him to observing birds in 2001, and he began guiding in the area in 2005. From 2011 to August 2016, he supervised the construction of Canopy Camp in Darién. He can identify to species hundreds of songs and calls of Panama birds, as well as ID them quickly by sight. His native language is Spanish, but he speaks English as well. He started guiding in Cocle, Panama, and Darien provinces in August 2016. He began guiding for Birding Pipeline Panama when Kent Livezey, who started Birding Pipeline Panama in 2014, turned over the guiding to him in October 2017.