team Sherif and Mindy Baha El Dinteam work together
in scientific research and nature conservation. Two
of Egypt' s leading bird experts, both advise the Nature
Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs
Agency and serve as freelance environmental consultants.
Additionally, they jointly manage a conservation project
for the globally threatened Egyptian Tortoise.
Mindy Baha El Din, was born in Chicago, Ill. in 1958
and grew up in Indiana. After studying Arabic and Economics
at Indiana University, she took classes in field ornithology
at Cornell University, NY and became an avid birder.
In 1988 she was hired by BirdLife International to set
up an environmental education center at the Giza Zoological
Garden in Cairo, Egypt. Since 1992, she has been a wildlife
management consultant in Egypt, producing educational
materials, launching campaigns promoting migratory bird
conservation and studying migration through Egypt.
Baha El Din was born in 1960 on the Red Sea coast of
Egypt. Fascinated by nature since boyhood, he studied
art as a undergraduate in Egypt, Urban and Regional
Environmental Planning at Virginia Polytechnic, USA
for his Masters and is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate
in Ecology at Nottingham University, UK. One of the
foremost naturalists in the Middle East, Sherif has
illustrated and authored three books on the birds of
Egypt, most recently the Directory of Important Bird
Areas in Egypt. Among the many positions he holds, he
currently serves as an Associate to the Field Museum,
Chicago, Ill, BirdLife International Affiliate to Egypt
and member of the Technical Committee of the African-Eurasian
and Mindy met and married in 1989 and reside in Cairo,
Egypt. They have three cats, dozens of geckos, a snake,
a scorpion and hundreds of tortoises.