Hailing from the Mississippi Valley of eastern Iowa and growing up on his family’s restored tallgrass prairie, Bobby Wilcox has always been an avid nature-lover and conservationist. With a degree in geology and no interest in oil drilling, he embarked upon a string of mini careers bartending, fishmongering, small-scale organic farming, building mud houses and working in yarn stores. Bobby finally got the opportunity to pursue his dream job when he was hired as a seasonal field technician by Great Basin Bird Observatory to survey riparian songbirds along the Colorado River in western Arizona. He has been an itinerant birding nomad ever since, banding birds in California, Canada and American Samoa, studying cavity-nesters in northern Argentina, surveying vulnerable populations of sagebrush birds in Nevada’s Great Basin, and monitoring critically endangered Hooded Grebes in the windswept Patagonian steppe.
Bobby has worked as a resident guide at two of the premiere birding lodges in Brazil; REGUA in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, and Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the southern Amazon. He has extensive experience birding throughout North America and much of the Neotropics and his desire to continue exploring the world in search of birds and other wildlife is limitless.