Tony Nunnery

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Tony Nunnery grew up in Mississippi, then moved to Texas, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University. After teaching elementary school for several years, he moved to Monteverde in Costa Rica. His fascination with birds began when a friend there showed him a Resplendent Quetzal and a Bare-necked Umbrellabird in the same tree. This experience "hooked" him on birds, and he soon learned the Costa Rican birds, ran the Tarcoles Lodge, and conducted guided tours. In 1997 he relocated to Ecuador where he bought land and built a home in the Tandayapa Valley. Since settling in that beautiful valley, Tony has played an important role in ecotourism and conservation. He has guided groups throughout Ecuador, and also guided one of the trips at VENT's "Ecuador Celebration," organized to celebrate the publication of The Birds of Ecuador. He received high marks from all of the participants. Tony and his wife Barbara are becoming renowned for the hummingbird show they have created in their yard where 28 hummingbird feeders regularly attract 15 to 20 species of hummingbirds—a total exceeding any other location in the world. Their yard list includes an amazing 40 species of hummingbirds, a world record. Tony is incredibly knowledgeable about birds and plants. His eagerness to share that knowledge and his relaxed, easygoing manner combine to make him a delightful traveling companion.