We're pleased to welcome Andrés Anchondo to American Bird Conservancy!
Andrés works to protect migratory birds in their wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining ABC, Andrés worked with NRDC's Latin America Project researching mechanisms to finance climate-smart projects in the region. Previously, Andrés worked with WRI's Global Restoration Initiative researching business models to restore degraded lands, and the financial barriers to scale faced in the restoration industry. Andrés has a master's degree in Agroforestry, a master's in Enterprise Development, and a B.A. degree in Finance. He is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico.
As impressive as all of this is, there's even more to know about Andrés Anchondo. Read on to find out what we learned when we spoke with him recently.
Title: Conservation Specialist, Migratory Birds and Habitats
Just one?! In the Northeast U.S. it's the Blue Jay; in the Southwest U.S. and northern Mexico, the Vermilion flycatcher (Spanish: Mosquero cardenalito), and lastly, in the Yucatan Peninsula it's the Turquoise-browed motmot (Mayan: Toh… toh!)
What first got you interested in birds and/or conservation?
Several years ago, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico introduced me to the great world of birds. My interest in birds and their habitat has guided my professional career ever since.
What do you think is the first priority for bird conservation or your project specifically?
Migratory birds are amazing travelers. The best way to help them is by protecting and restoring their habitat both in their breeding and wintering grounds all over the continent.
What are you most excited about now that you're part of the ABC team?
I will have the opportunity to use my multidisciplinary background to protect birds' habitat, and also promote sustainable development in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Though you just started, if you could make sure everyone knew one thing about ABC or your project, what would it be?
It does not matter where in the world we live, we are all connected. The warblers (called chipes in Spanish) we enjoy in the U.S. during migration season spend a good amount of time in Central and South America. Therefore, we have the responsibility to help protect these travelers' homes all over the Americas. In ABC, we are working hard to make sure you can keep enjoying our feathered visitors.
If you see me now, you wouldn't believe I was a powerlifter when I was a teenager. I even went to Las Vegas to compete in a world push & pull tournament. I almost deadlifted four times my body weight. You won't see me doing that again in this life.
Food: Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies and Chiles en Nogada
Scent: Pine forest
U.S. National Park: Sequoia National Park
National Park in Mexico: Parque Nacional San Pedro Mártir
Ice cream: Chocolate