Renee Rubin and Michael Delesantro (photo below) are from Weslaco, Texas, deep in the heart of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Renee is a retired college professor who taught reading education courses at the University of Texas in Brownsville. Prior to that she worked as an elementary school teacher and a newspaper journalist. Michael is a retired high school science teacher who taught at the Science Academy of South Texas. Prior to that he was the owner and operator of Vamonos! Nature Tours and an environmental scientist with the US Department of the Interior. He also has done quite a bit of nature photography.
Following retirement and after their Big Year, Renee and Michael are expecting to resume their nature tour and guide service that was in operation in the 1990s and 2000s. Birdingonabudget.com is the result.
Photo by Allan Delesantro