João Jara was born in Lisbon and studied biology at the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, from where he developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry as senior manager and director of various multinational companies.
With about 30 years of field experience, he knows Portugal and its birds intimately and was a member of the board of SPEA (Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves – Birdlife in Portugal). He was a voting member of the PRC (Portuguese Rarities Committee) from 2005 until 2011 and chairman of the Committee from 2007 until 2011. Author and co-author of articles about birds, João has led many field tours in Portugal and abroad, as well as bird identification courses for SPEA and for his own birding tours company, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, which he launched in 2008. . Besides birds, he has an active special interest in amphibians, reptiles and fish. João is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Updated: December 2012