PASSION FOR BIRDING MADE BY ZEISS
ON TURTLES, STORM PETRELS AND OWLS Guillaume Réthoré devotes his life to nature conservation
Guillaume Réthoré has known since his childhood where he feels most at peace – in nature. This was reason enough for him to dedicate his life to nature conservation, work on scientific monitoring projects around the world and organize excursions to help other enthusiasts learn more about nature and wildlife.
Guillaume’s primary school class in France won a mountain of books when he was in third grade. The teacher was to assign a book to each of the children in the class. This teacher spent a great deal of time thinking and considering which book would be of interest to each individual student and would help them in their further development. The teacher‘s choice for Guillaume Réthoré would be a book about nature. The collection just happened to include a book about birds which would shape Guillaume’s entire life.
The book inspired Guillaume’s desire to learn and discover: In his time spent outdoors, Guillaume gradually learned more and more about animals. At the age of 15, he started watching and counting birds every Sunday. Guillaume’s university recommended that he should conduct field research in other countries after graduation. His interest in birds literally brought him to the ends of the earth: First, he worked on an European Storm Petrel project in Portugal, and then moved on to the United States to ring birds. After participating in private birding tours in Greece, Italy and Spain, he returned to Portugal, where he resides and works, again in the nature conservation environment. In addition to monitoring birds, Guillaume leads tours in the Portuguese wetlands. He helps tourists better understand the complex interrelationships that impact nature.
GUILLAUME RÉTHORÉ "Actually, it is a little insane to stare at the sky eight hours a day and call it work. But it makes me happy."
The passion for monitoring is so great that Guillaume is happy to spend his free time carrying on this work. He covers five locations as a volunteer for BirdLife, visiting each three times per year to search for owls. In addition to all of his other activities, Guillaume, takes part in the Common Bird Census, is a regional corrector for eBird in France and takes part in collecting data for the Breeding Bird Atlas in Portugal. One thing is certain, he continues to make notes in his personal statistics book when he sees birds on his days off.
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IN PURSUIT OF NATURE Police officer Ivan Ellison is on the case
Ivan Ellison is a police officer in Manchester, England. For many years, he focused on infringements of national animal protection and environmental laws. This passionate nature photographer also protects wildlife in his spare time. Most of the bird photographs in this pageflow originate from his camera.
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