Fabrice Schmitt was born in the east of France (Alsace), where he began birdwatching from the age of 12. After birding intensively and extensively in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, he fell in love with Neotropical birds during his first trip in Peru in 1995. He then spent most of his free time in South and Central America – mostly looking for birds, but studying wildlife in general. In 2002/2003, Fabrice (then a mathematics teacher) took a sabbatical year to visit birding destinations, and to look for and study the most localized species of south Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and south of Brazil. During this time, he participated in field expeditions in the Peruvian Andes and Amazonian lowlands, gaining knowledge about endangered, rare and even un-described bird species.
Fabrice lived in Chile from 2005 to 2015, and explored this beautiful country in every direction. He is involved with Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC), a non-governmental ornithologist organisation, and founded the electronic birding magazine La Chiricoca. He is co-coordinator of the Chilean Breeding Bird Atlas, and part of the team who recently discovered several Markham’s Storm-Petrel colonies in the Atacama Desert (see the published paper on this topic here). Fabrice is also an active eBirder and helped Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in the development of that birding tool in Chile and the rest of South America.
He has been leading birding trips to Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Guyana and Chile since 2005, and occasionally gives lectures on cruise trips to Antarctica and South American destinations. Fabrice is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
- Colombia: Andean Endemics (August 2021)
- Brazil: The Northeast - with Indigo Macaws (October 2021)
- The Tasman Sea: Cruise around New Zealand and Australia (January 2022)
- France: Birding à la Française - Birds, Wine and Cheese in Southern France (May 2022)
- Peru: Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road (June 2022)
- Peru: Rainforest Lodges of the Madre de Dios (June 2022)
- Brazil: The Southeast Atlantic Rainforest (October 2022)
- Brazil: Minas Gerais (October 2022)
- Chile: Tierra del Fuego to the Atacama Desert (October 2022)
- Colombia: Santa Marta Mountains (February 2023)
- France: Birding à la Française - Birds, Wine and Cheese in Southern France (May 2023)
Updated: April 2019