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David Jaffe

David Jaffe has been guiding and teaching a variety of audiences about the natural world and our connection with it since 1991. His childhood interest in natural systems eventually brought him to Evergreen State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Geology.

Born in New Jersey and currently living in Durango, Colorado, David's path has been quite circuitous! After 13 years of "life-experience," he returned to graduate school, earning a master's degree in Applied Ecology with the Field Naturalist Program from the University of Vermont. Mingling an academic background with experience working around the world in exceptionally diverse environments, he is able to efficiently observe, understand, and interpret natural and cultural history.

David has led backcountry trips in Denali National Park, learned from students in Kentucky, and gained great insights while hitchhiking home from work in Yosemite National Park. He has experience as a naturalist in many of the Lower 48 states and Baja, California, and has also worked as a divemaster in Australia, Costa Rica and India. He has assisted with the establishment of a marine protected area off the coast of Madagascar and researched and formally studied birds in Canada and South America. David's understanding of, love for and enthusiasm about the natural world continues to grow.

David received his Photo Instructor certification from a multi-day training workshop developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers. The workshop helped him develop additional insights and skills necessary to gain a more comprehensive understanding of his camera equipment and photography composition—all to help you better capture the moments at the heart of your nature expedition.

David has a keen interest in travel and plans trips to visit as many habitats as possible to maximize his opportunity to experience the greatest bird diversity in each region. He has trekked through the Himalayas in Nepal, looked into the eyes of masked boobies in the Galapagos, sought nudibranchs on the Great Barrier Reef, and walked the Ghats along the Ganges River in India.

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