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(Partner Event) Birding By Bus - Gallery Opening & Bird Walk

  • Leica Store Miami 372 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL, 33134 United States (map)

Join the Phoebes for a gallery opening and bird walk with founding Phoebe Eliana Ardila Ardila of Birding By Bus!

Please note, this is a public event and is hosted by Leica Store Miami & Tropical Audubon Society.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019, 7 - 9 PM

WHERE VAN LIFE MEETS BIRDING | Join Marc & Eliana’s epic road quest from Florida to Alaska in 2018 as they traverse the wild spaces of North America in search of birds, nature, and adventure.… in a 40 year-old VW Bus. How many things could possibly go wrong with an iconic car that’s four decades old? Get ready for inspiring road adventures across the continent, navigating through mechanical failures, relationship survival tips, mega rare birds, and spectacular scenery. Throw in a wedding and trip to Attu and you’ve got the journey of a lifetime! Learn how anyone can travel for an extended period on a budget and take that bucket list birding adventure you’ve always dreamed of.

Narrating their journey will be a series of black and white photographs in the Leica Store Miami main gallery (taken with the Leica Q!).

  • WHAT: Gallery Opening and Leica Lounge Presentation by Eliana Ardila Ardila & Marc Kramer of Birding By Bus

  • WHERE: Leica Store Miami - 372 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

  • RSVP & QUESTIONS: Email Kirsten V. at

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This event is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Stop by, bring a friend, and enjoy some of Brooklyn’s latest brews.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019, 7:30 - 11:00 AM

Join Marc & Eliana, Tropical Audubon Society and Leica Store Miami Saturday morning, November 2nd for a bird walk through A.D. Barnes park.

  • WHAT: Bird walk held in collaboration with Leica Store Miami & Tropical Audubon Society

  • WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7:30 - 11:00 AM

  • WHERE: A.D Barnes Park - 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155
    Meet at the parking lot on the northwest side of the park. Enter on SW 72nd Ave. just north of Bird Road and turn left at the first intersection. Follow the road until you see a tan building on you left-hand side. Park anywhere in the parking lot in front of the building

  • What to Pack: Binoculars! (Leica Store Miami will be providing binoculars on a first-come, first-served basis for those who do not have their own pair.)

  • RSVP & QUESTIONS Email Kirsten V. at

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In 2006, an easy-going dude from Long Island met a beautiful young lady from Colombia. The chemistry was unmistakable. The spark formed the basis of a dynamic relationship that would embrace friendship, adventure, love… and birding! Their lives converged in Miami, Florida, the city they call home, well, sort of… 

Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila Ardila have a passion for exploring, whether it be birding a local trail, paddling a kayak through the mangroves, or traveling to a distant land. With binoculars, camera, and GPS in hand, they crave the ever-constant thrill of opening their eyes to new places, cultures, and all aspects of nature. Their mind-broadening travels have taken them from the hidden gems of South Florida, across the great roads of the USA, to their favorite place on earth… Alaska. In 2018, they pursued their dream of a North American birding big year, with its own unique twist. They would leave their regular lives behind, hit the road and travel 25,000 miles from Florida to Alaska and back… in a 1978 VW Bus named “Valentina”. Throw in an Alaska wedding and trip to Attu and you’ve got the journey of a lifetime

In their regular working lives, the two animal lovers keep busy in the veterinary field. Marc is a veterinarian, specializing in the care of birds, reptiles, and exotic pets. Eliana is the executive director and multi-tasking veterinary technician for their low-cost spay and neuter clinic, Project PetSnip. She also works as a field biologist, ceramicist, and photographer. Through their Birding by Bus project, they have been speaking at birding festivals and guiding bird tours both in the U.S. and internationally.