Maikel Cañizares

Maikel Cañizares

Maikel Cañizares was born and raised in Cuba. His excellent birding skills, warm personality, and extensive experience managing logistics and preparing field and survival expeditions, makes him a perfect addition to the Whitehawk team.

Maikel, an ornithologist and conservationist, began working at the Ecological Reserve in Banao, Central Cuba, where he developed many conservation projects with endemic fauna, particularly with Cuban psittacines. In 1999, as Director, Maikel developed a management plan with great results for wildlife conservation. In 2000,  he moved to Havana to start a master’s degree program and began to work at the Ecology and Systematic Institute.

Since 2005, he has been leading projects on bird conservation, with special focus on the management and conservation of the Cuban Parrot and the Cuban Parakeet. He also has gained experience in the conservation of the Yellow-naped Amazon in Nicaragua; the reproductive biology and morphological development of the Hispaniolan Trogon in Dominican Republic; and Sustainable Management and Land Use in Cuba. He has taught Biology students at the Havana University, has worked on local capacity building with national park rangers and local community members, and has consulted on wildlife policy for the National Direction of Forestry, Flora and Wild Fauna, Ministry of Agriculture (2012-present), promoting the knowledge of Cuban wildlife and the non consumptive and sustainable use of resources.

He has published several conservation and research papers and is chapter author of six books. He has organized events like the XVII Congress of the MSBC in Havana in 2013 and the XXI Conference of BirdsCaribbean in 2017. He is member of the Cuban Botany Society and BirdsCaribbean Society. He has served as President of the Cuban Chapter of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation and is currently President of the Cuban Zoology Society.