Growing up on the West Coast of the United States, Benny’s innate love for nature was evident at a very young age. His experiences in the natural world grew rapidly through his participation in multi-week adventure programs during his summers in high school. At that time, he was introduced to sea kayaking, white-water rafting, mountaineering, rock-climbing, mountain biking, back packing, the ethics of leave no trace and of course Ultimate Frisbee. Inspired by his instructors, the profound impact of community, and the healing aspects of the natural world, Benny has committed himself to a life of education, outdoor recreation and group facilitation.
Since graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013, Benny has passionately pursued work as a field biologist, backpacking guide, land steward, and bird photographer. These positions have afforded him opportunities to work in Central America, The Sierra Nevada, the US’s mid-west and north east. A selection of his photos can be seen in his self-published, A Field Guide to Birds of UC Santa Cruz, which serves as a tool for introductory bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. When not poring through dense field guides, and chasing rare bird sightings, Benny ardently pursues outdoor recreation, empowering others, and working with youth. He is an accomplished naturalist, great company, and is fluent in both Spanish and English! He hopes his love of the natural world will inspire others to conserve and preserve the open spaces around them.