John C. ArvinAuthor
John has been studying the birds of Americas since childhood. He had a 30 year career leading birding tours throughout the Western Hemisphere with a heavy emphasis on Latin America, where he has traveled through most of the countries studying birds. He spent much of his career in Peru and Ecuador, the epicenter of the Andes where hummingbird diversity peaks; he was able to achieve familiarity with about two thirds of the hummingbird species. Before retiring in 2010 to pursue personal research and writing, he worked for many years as an avian biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.