My Guiding Approach
My goal with every birding trip is to help you view, learn about, and enjoy more birds! Whether you envision casually cruising the coastline in search of seabirds, chasing after endemic forest birds, exploring local hot spots, or all of the above. I am dedicated to providing customized excursions to create your ultimate Hawaii birding experience.
My promise on every eco-tour is to ensure that each guest is having a great time while learning about Hawaii's alluring flora and fauna. When I'm not guiding I am proud to be involved in local avian conservation initiatives. I look forward to sharing Hawaii's beautiful birds, unique wildlife, and the projects in place to help save them, with you.
Meet your Hawaii Birding & Nature Guide
As a tremendous lover of birds and wildlife Mandy has dedicated her life to avian conservation. From the time she was a young girl she collected natural history observations in her backyard, volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation and education center, and rescued many unwanted pet parrots. Mandy earned a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies from East Stroudsburg University and began conducting countless environmental education programs as a Naturalist, a Lead Conservation Educator at an AZA accredited zoo, and a Bird Banding and Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. She continued to broaden her scientific studies and field skills with the Ornithology Lab at Villanova University pursuing graduate school. Her passion for parrots led her to the remote forests of Manu, Peru, where she worked to save endangered macaws, as well as studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Mandy is grateful to have embarked on a new life in Hawaii as a bird and nature guide and an avian field technician for Pacific Rim Conservation. When she's not outdoors she enjoys promoting traditional Arabic performing arts as a professional Near East dance instructor, entertainer, and event organizer. Mandy is also a proud board member of the Aloha Hawaii Parrot Association. She is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm of Hawaii's culture, history, wildlife, and most especially, its unique and fascinating birds.
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Why Go With Hawaii Birding Babe?
-Expert and quality tours with reasonable rates: Mandy is passionate about birds and nature, she is excited to share her knowledge with everyone and loves guiding. She is a professional and working full time to earn her living.
-Keen birding senses with good direction: Mandy has sharpened her skill set with quick attention to detail to get you on the bird. She can identify sounds, plumages and flight patterns of almost every species, just what you should expect when hiring an experienced guide.
-Patience, flexibility and fun: Mandy is easy-going and willing to cater to you in every regard. While she takes her job seriously, Mandy doesn't take herself too seriously. After all, birding and traveling are supposed to be enjoyable; and pleasant personalities make for pleasant experiences.
-Support a local guide: You'll see more and simply have an overall better experience! Mandy strives to share Hawaii's history, culture, flora and fauna while personally catering to each guest.
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Hawaii Birding Babe Helps Local Conservation Efforts
Mandy fosters wildlife conservation through environmental awareness and education with every guest. She supports local non-profits, is a proud volunteer of grass-root conservation initiatives, and is honored to work for Pacific Rim Conservation on their translocation of Laysan and Black-footed albatross and their Oahu Elepaio Recovery Project.
“We really appreciate Mandy’s help in protecting the Oahu Elepaio. She is great at finding elepaio!” Dr. Eric VanderWerf, President of Pacific Rim Conservation
"Mahalo for volunteering to help lead our public outreach birding programs on James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge." Dick May, Volunteer Coordinator
"Mandy has been volunteering and supporting Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project for the past few years. She is so dedicated and interested in helping Hawaii's birds. Not only does Mandy have the keen eyes and ears for the birds, but she has also helped us with our banding and mist netting research. Mandy is easy to get along with- very cheerful and knowledgeable." Laura Berthold, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project