About Me and Contact Info

I am a naturalist from Ontario, Canada. At the moment, my main interests include birds, herps and Lepidoptera, but I am interested in just about every facet of the natural world. I lead birding and nature tours in Ontario, and my website is ONshorebirding.com.

I grew up in Ontario and my home province's ecology holds a special place in my heart. However in recent years my interests have grown outside the confines of Ontario's borders. The tropical regions of the world, particularly the Americas, hold a particular allure to me and I am always looking forward to my next trip. 

My wife, Laura, and I quit our jobs in August 2019 - her as a veterinarian, and me as a biologist with an engineering firm - with a plan to travel throughout the Neotropics for several years. We spent three months in Ecuador, two months in Colombia and one month in Costa Rica until the pandemic shut down our travels. We are looking forward to getting back to our travels soon! We are hoping to spend at least two more years traveling, mainly throughout Central America and South America. 

I also work as a guide for Quest Nature Tours, leading tours in several locations. My upcoming tour schedule includes Colombia, Borneo, Baja California, Jamaica, Ethiopia and Spain (view my upcoming tours here), while I have previously led tours to Gal├ípagos and Cuba. I love visiting remote places. Some of my favorite activities include watching bird migration in the autumn on the shores of James Bay, night-hiking in the tropics, picking through a mixed flock of birds in Central or South America, spending time with a population of Eastern Massassaugas at a location I've visited for years, setting up my moth sheet and seeing what curiosities appear, and searching for endemic bird species in far flung locations. 

In addition to my blog, I also post frequently on my Instagram account (@ecologist_josh).

I can be reached at joshvandermeulen (at) live.ca.