Staff Profile

Michael Carmody is in his early sixties. He has been working with bird watchers for nearly thirty years. For the past eighteen years he has owned Legacy Tours, a nature-travel birding company with a conservation focus, hence the company name LEGACY.

Michael guides full-time, leading birders and nature enthusiasts throughout the American tropics. He regularly guides birding groups in Argentina, Belize, & Costa Rica, however MEXICO is his specialty area - the patch for which his is known. In October 2005 he identified a Great Frigatebird, Fregata minor, thus reaching a major birding milestone - 1,000 species recorded for Mexico!

Michael prides himself on being able to effectively guide clients to the variety of endemic, local, and/or rare species that occur within Mexico's numerous pockets of unique habitats. In addition to knowing where and how to find these birds, Michael is an excellent teacher and a keen observer of nature, freely sharing information about the plant and animals communities encountered during travels.

He has a great appreciation for the Mexican people, and their vibrant cultures. Michael invites his clients not only to see the birds, but also to do so within the context of the region in which they occur.

Michael is a past-President of the Washington Ornithological Society, having served three terms as President during the late 1990's. Michael, who is married, resides with his wife, Susan, in Spokane, Washington.