Marco Valtriani holds a degree in biology with an ornithology major from the University Pisa; his thesis was on the ecology of the Dunlin in the Mediterranean basin. A passionate hiker, birder, and field researcher, Marco has spent years exploring wild areas around the world, from France to Nepal, Syria, and Venezuela. He is a licensed private guide and tour planner, creating and leading itineraries for international conservation organizations, schools, and private travelers. Marco specializes in the natural and cultural history of the Mediterranean, above all his native Italy. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and popular articles on the birds and natural landscapes of central Italy, and has co-authored guides to Tuscany’s natural habitats, trails, and wildlife. Marco lives with his family in Arezzo, where he devotes his free time to exploring new natural sites and discovering new aspects of familiar localities.