Roberto Salazar Aragón | Field Projects International

Roberto Salazar Aragón

Field Course Instructor


Roberto in Chamela, Mexico

Roberto is a Mexican ornithologist with ten years’ experience in bird monitoring. His love for birds started in high school when he joined a birding club. 

In 2012, Roberto entered the masters in biological sciences program in the same university, living for seven months in a row in the middle of a tropical dry forest in Chamela, Mexico, while developing his thesis on population density and habitat preferences of the West Mexican Chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala). Here he also gained experience in bird monitoring by using point counts, line transects, and mist nets surveys (his specialty), as well as gave tours and lectures for different age groups at the Chamela Biology Station. In addition, he helped with the field courses there as a professor assistant, and even became involved with wild cats surveys.

Shortly thereafter, in 2015, he traveled to California in order to collaborate with the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. There he surveyed Northern Goshawks and Spotted Owls, as well as other wildlife species, such as American Pikas and Burrowing Owls.  While there, he also assisted an Aspen tree recovery project. His daily duties included conducting point counts at night in the middle of the forest, observing the nesting couples, and working on GIS tasks, such as mapping surveyed areas and owl/goshawks territory.

The next year, Roberto joined Operation Wallacea’s ornithology staff in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, conducting mist nets and point counts surveys while training students from different parts of the world in birds identification and taxonomy, the science behind various surveying methods, and the basic biology and ecology of the resident bird species. To this day, Roberto has handled and banded more than 200 birds, and he has also worked as a GIS specialist and forestry assessor. He’s a passionate wildlife photographer, and whenever he has free time, he either grabs his camera and goes out to shoot some birds, or stays at home playing video games.

Last year, Roberto taught along with co-instructor Sylvia de la Parra, the first edition of the Tropical Ornithology Field Course at Los Amigos Biological Station in the Peruvian Amazon. It focused on bird ecology, evolution, survey techniques, and origins of avian diversity.

He’s currently the supervisor in chief for the Birds, Bats, and Monarch Butterflies monitoring programs for a wind farm and photovoltaic project in Sonora, Tamaulipas and Oaxaca (Mexico)


Banding birds in Calakmul


Monitoring jaguars in Chamela


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