Eliana Ardila ardila
Hailing from Colombia, the country with the most bird species in the world, Eliana Ardila Ardila was destined to be a birder. Having a background as a Biologist, her love for birds was not far. Her ornithological interests have taken her from South Florida to the remote corners of the globe, where she immerses herself in nature with a passion for bird life. She serves as a bird bander with the Cape Florida Banding Station, has managed a nature reserve in the cloud forest of Ecuador, and in 2018 she set out on a big year birding adventure with her husband across the entire U.S. & Canada in a 1978 VW Bus! Additionally, she’s an avid photographer, quick on the trigger with a keen eye for capturing a great bird photo. When she doesn’t have her binoculars and camera in hand, Eliana is the executive director and lead veterinary technician for Project PetSnip, a Miami-based organization she founded focusing on spay and neuter surgery to combat pet overpopulation. Her favorite place in the world is Alaska, where she was married this year at “Bird Point” and spent her honeymoon birding on the legendary island of Attu. With a big heart for all creatures, Eliana is on the forefront of animal rights and environmental issues and prides herself on being vegan. Having lived in Colombia, Aruba, and South Florida, she speaks four different languages and is happy to talk birds in English, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento. Of the many bird species she’s encountered, her absolute favorite are the Corvids (crows, ravens, and jays).