Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of programs and Senior Naturalist, and Vice-President of the Toronto Ornithological Club. Born and raised in Canada's capital, Justin has been leading bird walks since the age of 14. Justin worked for several years as the Senior Naturalist at Ontario's world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park's interpretive program and acted as a lead howler for the park's celebrated Public Wolf Howl events. Of both immediate East Indian and Czech heritage, Justin has been an international traveller since childhood. He has led Quest trips to Churchill, Peru, Namibia and the Galapagos Islands, and heads back to India and the Galapagos soon. His ear for bird vocalizations is particularly keen and he look forward to point ut birds and other interesting natural phenomena to you.
Ontario's best-known birder, Jean is a past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and a retired school principal. She is active writing for nature publications and participating in wildlife surveys for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and is a tremendously effective roving ambassador for Ontario's critical natural areas. Jean has led many Quest Nature Tours trips to Peru, Belize & Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, the High Arctic, Cuba, Japan, the Galapagos, French Polynesia, the Svalbard and Iceland. Ask Jean about how much she likes gulls and shorebirds!
Sarah Rupert is a life-long southern Ontario girl and has been a nature lover since day one. She has a particular passion and fascination for birds, which she loves to share through interpretive programs, art and other media. Sarah has been birding her entire life, and hasn't missed a spring at Point Pelee since her first visit at 2.5 months old. Currently living in Leamington ON, her day job is with Parks Canada and the rest of the time she can be found looking at, drawing or painting the natural world around her. She eagerly awaits the arrival of spring, and birders, to Pelee each spring.
Paul Pratt was the head naturalist for Windsor's Ojibway Nature Centre. He also leads birding and natural history tours throughout North America, the Neotropics, Australia and Africa. Paul currently holds the Big Day birding record for five provinces and Canada along with teammate Tom Hince. He has also been on winning teams at such birding events as the World Series of Birding and Texas Birding Classic. Paul has been birding Point Pelee for over 44 years and also has a wide range of knowledge on all aspects of the plant and animal life of the region.
Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum's Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum. Chris has also written a series of very popular bird identification books and children's nature books too. His latest work is called 100 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario. Chris has led many previous Quest tours, including the High Arctic, the Galapagos Islands, Sri Lanka and several to eastern and southern Africa. His zoological knowledge is impressively broad and virtually encyclopedic, and his enthusiasm for wildlife is contagious.
Tony Beck is a freelance naturalist and professional photographer based in Ottawa. His award winning work appears in many books, websites, magazines & calendars. He teaches birdwatching and nature photography courses both independently and through a variety of institutions. He has led Quest trips throughout Canada and to Cuba, Costa Rica, the Middle East, the Arctic and Antarctic, Trinidad & Tobago, Namibia and Patagonia. Tony returns to Patagonia for a photographic odyssey in December. Tony has earned the rank of Ambassador for Nikon Canada.
Cameron has been an avid birder for 19 years. Birding adventures have led him to all corners of North America, from southern Mexico to the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. He is particularly interested in the identification challenges presented by waterbirds and recently finished a flight identification guide to eastern waterbirds published by Houghton-Mifflin. He was a member of the team that set a North American Big Day record in 2008 with 260 species in a single day in Texas. Cameron's love and enthusiasm for birds is apparent in his willingness to share the knowledge he has gained over the years. Working as the birding expert for various optics companies, Cameron is a well-known guide on the bird and photo festival circuit. We have finally persuaded him to take the dive into leading bird and photography tours, and we are very excited to have him on the Tropical Birding team. Cameron leads tours in North America, Central America and Europe.
A Canadian, at a young age Scott's passion for birds and wildlife began in the lakes and forests of southern Ontario. University semesters abroad in China, New Zealand, and Arizona, fuelled the fire for world birding. After a guiding stint at Tandayapa Bird Lodge in Ecuador, followed by another in the Brazilian Amazon, the love of birding and the thrill of guiding was too much. Scott now guides tours for Tropical Birding throughout Africa, Asia, and Australasia, where weird birds, incredible mammals, and diverse foods have become the new obsession.
Keith realized that he was no longer a scientist when a significant difference in the tail lengths of larks didn't make a significant difference in his life! Turning his back on the Ivory Towers, he helped found ecotourism companies Tropical Birding and Capturing Nature. When not focused on business needs, Keith leads photo and birding tours all over the world. Before Keith was able to actually see the birds he wanted to, he sat in an office and wrote about them in various books for BirdLife International. Keith co-authored Birding Ethiopia and Wild Rwanda, and has several other book projects in the works.