Friends of Madera Canyon
Sky Island Monsoon Madness
Presented by: Vincent Pinto
Monday, February 11, 2019
Madera Clubhouse Ballroom
Ticket Price $10.00 at the door
Vince is the owner operator or Raven's Way in Patagonia and is an authority on the sky islands. He is an outstanding photographer and presenter and will keep his audience fascinated and amazed!
RAVENS-WAY WILD JOURNEYS is an Eco-Adventure and Conservation Organization, passionate about the protection and preservation of nature, wildlife, and our incredible Sky Island’s biodiversity! Join us for exciting and diverse Nature Adventures at our two private sanctuaries nestled in the majestic Sky Islands – each located nearby pristine and remote wilderness.
Beautiful Raven’s Nest, our 42-acre Nature Sanctuary by Patagonia Lake, is a working model of sustainable living practices. Here you can enjoy: Birding Tours (incl. many Mexican Specialties!), Naturalist Saunters, Nature Treks, Ethnobotany Workshops, Astronomy, Wilderness Survival Skills, Wildlife Tracking, Ecological Restoration, Natural History, Botanical Walks and more! Visit our amazing Sky Islands Discovery Center, nature trails, modern campground, unique Stone-Age village, organic gardens and organic orchard.
Vincent has blazed a unique career path, combining formal academic work in Wildlife Biology, Ethnobotany, and Environmental studies with outside-the-box Nature Adventures and Earth Stewardship. He is a passionate hands-on Conservationist, Naturalist, local bird expert, and committed protector of the Sky Islands region in southeast Arizona & its unique Biodiversity.
Together with his wife Claudia, Vincent owns two southeast Arizona Nature and Wildlife Sanctuaries: 50+ acre Raven’s Mountain in the Chiricahuas and 42-acre Raven’s Nest by Patagonia Lake & Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Based at Raven’s Nest, Vincent fulfills his mission to educate and inspire people of all ages about the wonders of our natural world.
Since first coming to southeast Arizona in 1987, Vincent has combined his love for the Sky Islands with direct actions to protect the region via wildlife research and environmental education. Vincent guides, teaches, and lectures through RAVENS-WAY WILD JOURNEYS - a Nature Adventure & Conservation Organization that he founded in 1993. Bird Guiding, Ethnobotany, Natural History, Wilderness Survival Skills, & Astronomy are just a few of the topics taught by him. Vincent practices ecosystem management the 2 Nature Sanctuaries, helping to ensure their longterm ecological health.
With over 31 years of experience as a Bird Guide & Researcher, Vincent leads groups to local Birding Hotspots in famed southeast Arizona, which has recorded about 1/2 of all the birds in the U.S. Field research has included Spotted Owls in 3 states (AZ, NM, OR), Southwestern Willow Flycatchers (AZ), Gould’s Wild Turkey (AZ, NM), & Fish in the Bering Sea. Other Wildlife Research saw Vincent in UT, MD, & MO. Additionally, Vincent has birded in most of the U.S., Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas, Bolivia, Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, Italy, & Botswana.
As a Wilderness Survival Instructor, Vincent mainly focuses on using only the resources that Nature provides! A wide range of topics empower students, including: life-saving Fire (no modern tools!), effective Shelters, crucial Wilderness Tools, the ancient art of Flint-Knapping, Water-finding & safety, Natural Navigation, & safely negotiating the potentially deadly Flora & Fauna in your region.
Vincent has trained participants for several Wilderness Survival TV shows including Alone & acted as a Consultant to Fat Guys in the Woods. He was the Wilderness Survival Expert for the Arizona episode of Marooned with Ed Stafford. Additionally, Vincent lent his expertise to several pilot shoots focused on endangered wildlife, such as Mexican Gray Wolves, and on Conservation in AZ. Vincent has also acted in a local, anti-mining film.