South Florida Bird Guides

The following bird guides are available in the greater Miami area. When you contact them, please let them know you obtained their contact info through Tropical Audubon Society's website.

Angel and Mariel Abreu


Angel & Mariel are naturalists, professional birding guides and mentors to young birders. Guiding birders around the busy cities of South Florida is our specialty. Let us guide you to see South Florida's ABA-countable exotic and native species such as: Mangrove Cuckoo, Short-tailed Hawk, Black-whiskered Vireo, Spot-breasted Oriole, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-winged Parakeet and more.

With Nature is Awesome Tours you get two knowledgeable guides for the price of one! We design our tours with passion and enthusiasm, and a woman's thoughtfulness in each and every tour! We both speak English and Spanish fluently, which is a plus in this melting pot we call South Florida. Knowing where to find your wish list items is our job, you just sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Contact Angel and Mariel by phone: 305-978-6925, Email or visit their website.


Paul Bithorn


Paul Bithorn is a Miami native and has led birding field trips for Tropical Audubon Society and many other environmental and civic groups for over 20 years. He served for many years as a TAS board member and is currently a board member of Curtiss Mansion, Inc., an organization dedicated to the restoration and operation of the home of Glenn Curtiss, an aviation pioneer and “Father of Naval Aviation.” This beautiful mansion, originally constructed in 1925 and a classic example of Pueblo Revival style architecture, is at 500 Deer Run in Miami Springs. Paul also served as Mayor of his hometown, the Village of Virginia Gardens, for nine years and has encouraged residents to xeriscape by planting native species of plants and shrubs to attract birds and butterflies.

Paul has contributed to several bird-finding guides, including the ABA’s A Birders Guide to Florida (4th edition) and A Birders Guide to the Bahama Islands, the Birding Florida Falcon Guide, Parrots of South Florida and The Crossley Guide; Eastern Birds. His documentation of parrot species in Miami was featured in the June/July 2008 issue of the National Wildlife Federation magazine and the November 1st, 2008 issue of Birders World (now Birdwatching).

Contact Paul by phone: 786-202-2473, or Email.


Paddy Cunningham

Paddy Cunningham has been a naturalist in South Florida for 35 years, managing nature centers and restoring habitat. Her passion is birds and she teaches a variety of bird classes to help birders gain advanced skills. She's presented workshops at numerous birding festivals, as well as regularly at Bonnet House and Flamingo Gardens in Broward County. Her motto is "You learn the I.D."

Paddy’s company, Birding Adventures takes small groups of birders throughout Florida, the U.S. and the tropical destinations such as Jamaica and Colombia. She calls her trips "Intense Birding at a Relaxed Pace." She is also the Coordinator of the Everglades Birding Festival. Paddy is a popular speaker and guide at Florida birding festivals, including the Big O festival in Hendry County, the Bird Festival at Fairchild Gardens, the Wings & Wildflowers festival in Lake County and her own Everglades Birding Festival. Despite being a busy mom and a full time gifted science teacher, during a 2008 Big Year she was 1st in Florida, 20th in the lower 48 states and 27th overall for the A.B.A. area. She is proud to be sharing her native home with local and visiting birders and to show the uniqueness of the Everglades and it’s incredible birds.

Contact Paddy by phone: 754-201-1141, Email, or visit her website.


Larry Manfredi


Larry was born in Miami and has been interested in birding since he was about 6 years old, when his mother gave him his very first book on birds. He's had a life list since about 8 years old. Having lived in South Florida for more than 30 years. He's familiar with the locations of the South Florida specialties as well as the rest of Florida.

Many birders might remember his name for the Western Spindalis that showed up in his yard between January 3rd and February 26, 1992. More than 400 people came to see that amazing vagrant. Realizing the number of people that share his interest, He decided to start guiding professionally.

He has birded most of the birding hotspots of North America (Attu Island Alaska, Southern Arizona, South Texas, California, etc...) as well as most of the Caribbean Islands (The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, Martinique, Grenada, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, Barbados's, Antigua and Barbuda). On a trip to the Dominican Republic with P.William Smith, they discovered a bird not previously seen on Hispaniola, possibly a new species (see the accompanying article. He's familiar with all North American birds, not just Florida specialties, as well as with Caribbean strays.

Over the years, He's also gained knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Many birdwatchers enjoy being able to look for Alligators, Crocodiles, Manatees, Deer, Butterflies, etc....

He contributed to the book titled “A Birder’s Guide To Florida” by Bill Pranty. He wrote the chapter on Homestead and helped with the sections on Miami, the Florida Keys, and Everglades National Park. He co-authored "A Birder's Guide To Metropolitan Areas of North America" by Paul Lehman and sold by American Birding Association.

In 1997, he married his wife Christine, who is originally from France. In their first year birding together, she saw more than 300 species of birds, most of them observed in Florida.

Contact Larry by phone: 305-299-1606, Email, or visit his website.


Carlos Sanchez


Born in Miami, Florida, Carlos Sanchez has had a fascination with wildlife as far back as he can remember combined with an unquenchable thirst to learn — the first books he checked out of the library were Beehler’s “Birds of New Guinea” and Stiles and Skutch’s “Birds of Costa Rica.” While studying at the University of Chicago and the University of Miami for his International Studies degree, he began to bird in earnest throughout Florida, South America, and even Australia. Currently, Carlos sits on the board of the Tropical Audubon Society, is a regular contributor to the birding blog 10,000 Birds, and leads local tours through his company, EcoAvian Tours..

After graduating from the University of Miami, Carlos accepted a position to do shorebird and waterfowl surveys across the northern Gulf coast, as well as taking advantage of an opportunity to do pelagic bird surveys in the Gulf of Mexico on a NOAA ship — the Gordon Gunter. However, the Neotropics were beckoning for his return — in 2010, he guided at Bellavista Lodge in Ecuador as well as spending time to extensively travel throughout the country. In 2013, Carlos returned to South America again to guide at Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil. In one of the most biologically complex, difficult, yet rewarding sites in the world to bird, his experience guiding there strengthened his resolve to follow his passion.

Despite having experience birding on four continents, Carlos always returns home with renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for the birds of southern Florida where he has guided clients for the past five years.

Contact Carlos by phone: 786-227-2334, Email or visit his website.