Cindy Manning

Year of the Bird Ambassador, Naturalist

Naturalist Cindy Manning was born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents. She and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in Kenya, then spent time exploring the remarkable landscapes of Peru and Ecuador. These journeys turned into permanent residency in Ecuador. Cindy spent two years working as a naturalist in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she first became intensely involved with the fascinating ecology of rainforests — awed by the biodiversity, the color, and the interdependence of the creatures that live in these remarkable places. Cindy moved to the Galápagos Islands, a place she now calls home. In 2011, she joined the Charles Darwin Foundation as one of the Governing Members where she hopes to contribute to the wellbeing of the islands for many years to come. Cindy will serve as an official Year of the Bird Ambassador throughout 2018.