Fabrice Schmitt was born in the east of France, where he began to bird at the age of 12. After birding intensively and extensively in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, he fell in love with Neotropical birds during his first trip in Peru in 1995. He then spent most of his free time in South and Central America – mostly looking for birds, but studying wildlife in general. In 2002/2003, Fabrice (then a Math teacher) took a sabbatical year to visit birding destinations and look for and study the most localized species of south Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and south of Brazil. During this time, Fabrice participated in field expeditions in the Peruvian Andes and Amazonian lowlands, gaining knowledge about endangered, rare and even un-described bird species.
Fabrice lived in Chile from 2005 to 2015, and explored this beautiful country in every direction (well, mostly from North to South…). He is involved with Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC), a non-governmental ornithologist organization, and founded the electronic birding magazine La Chiricoca. He is co-coordinator of the Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas, and part of the team who recently discovered several Markham’s Storm-Petrel colonies in the Atacama Desert (see the published paper on this topic here). Fabrice is also an active eBirder and helped the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the development of that birding tool in Chile and the rest of South America.
He has been leading birding trips to Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Guyana and Chile since 2005, and occasionally gives lectures on cruise trips to Antarctica and South American destinations. Fabrice is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
- Colombia (Aug 7-26, 2017)
- Brazil: Minas Gerais (Oct 19-28, 2017)NEW
- Cruise: Buenos Aires to Valparaiso - Birding Sea and Land (Jan 31 to Feb 14, 2018 with extensions from 26 Jan and to 16 Feb)
- Cruise: Buenos Aires to Valparaiso - Birding Sea and Land (Feb 28 to Mar 14, 2018 with extension from 23 Feb)
- Cruise: Valparaiso to Los Angeles (Mar 14-30, 2018)
- Brazil: Minas Gerais (Nov 2018)
- Colombia: The Santa Marta Mountains (Feb 2019)
Updated: January 2015