Born in Miami, Florida, Carlos Sanchez has had a fascination with wildlife as far back as he can remember — the first books he checked out of the library were Beehler’s “Birds of New Guinea” and Stiles and Skutch’s “Birds of Costa Rica.” While studying at the University of Miami for his International Studies degree, he began to bird in earnest throughout Florida, as well as Costa Rica and Australia. After graduating, Carlos accepted a position to do shorebird and waterfowl surveys across the northern Gulf coast, as well as taking advantage of an opportunity to do pelagic bird surveys in the Gulf of Mexico on a NOAA ship — the Gordon Gunter. However, the Neotropics were beckoning for his return — in 2010, he guided at Bellavista Lodge in Ecuador as well as spending time to extensively travel throughout the country. In 2013, Carlos returned to South America again to guide at Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil. He has since lead tours from Costa Rica to Cuba, from Brazil to Madagascar.