A California native, Benny’s innate love for nature was evident at a very young age. His interest in the natural world dates back to some of his earliest memories. His outdoor experiences grew rapidly through his participation in multi-week adventure programs during his summers in high school. During his youth, Benny was often seen perusing streams and creeks, listening to trees sway in the wind, and exploring wild open spaces. Continuing on this trajectory, Benny eventually fell in love with birds during a college study abroad program in Costa Rica in 2011.
Since graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013, Benny has passionately pursued work as an avian field biologist, international bird guide, land steward, and wildlife photographer. These positions have afforded him opportunities to work in a wide variety of locations including Central America, Yosemite, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, and most recently to coastal Alaska.
A selection of his photos can be seen in his self-published, A Field Guide to Birds of UC Santa Cruz. When not poring through dense field guides, and chasing rare bird sightings, Benny (or BIJS as many call him) ardently pursues a variety of hobbies like surfing, mountain biking, rock-climbing, yoga, leading outdoor outings for kids, and facilitating photography clinics.
He hopes his love of the natural world will inspire others to conserve and preserve the open spaces around them!
BIRDS by BIJS (pronounced bee-jus), initially begun in response to many requests for urban birding outings, the business has now grown to encompass; a nature inspired clothing line, bird photography and wildlife documentaries and of course local and international bird watching excursions.
Based in Los Angeles, Benny has found an eager and ready audience who want to get outside and enjoy nature. Benny’s inviting style and enthusiastic love of all things outdoors attracts young, old and in-betweeners to his infectious passion for nature.
BIJS has spent the last ten years honing his guiding style and skills. Learning from the best across recreational industries, BIRDS by BIJS is the result of careful observation and intentional nature programming. We offer unique and compelling experiences founded in natural history interpretation, local partnerships, low-impact tourism, conservation, and of course top-notch accommodations!