National Geographic Explorer Washington Wachira is a naturalist, a photographer, and one of East Africa’s top birders. He’s studying the urban ecology of the African crowned eagle with grant support from National Geographic. His other research interests span paleontology, primatology, and herpetology. He loves sharing East Africa’s cultures and wildlife with travelers, and he was awarded the African Sustainable Tourism Fellowship Award in 2016. Washington is an accomplished nature photographer. His photos have been featured in publications worldwide and have won multiple awards. He holds several conservation leadership positions, including Chair of the National Bird of Kenya Sub-committee, member of the African Primatological Consortium for Conservation, Vice Chair of the Kenya Herpetofauna Working Group, and member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Specialist Group on Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills. Washington is a TED Speaker and gave a TEDGlobal talk in 2017 titled “For the love of birds.”