Diego Tamayo (he/him/his) has long valued the natural world, whether it is through his hobbies of bird-watching, hiking, photography, or volunteering to help pull invasive plants and plant natives. As a certified California Naturalist, seven-year Boy Scout, and incoming Pitzer College freshman, he is driven to understand how natural systems work and how humanity is included in this complex tapestry and convey these insights and curiosities to fellow members of our community, especially members of our precious youth.
He has carried out local ecology education and land stewardship efforts in his community of Diamond Bar, California. Among these activities were pop-up information booths at trailheads informing hikers about local flora and fauna and weed-pulling alongside local trails in the native coastal sage scrub and oak woodlands. He believes that valuing and nurturing neighboring natural spaces is fundamental to how our society can become more sustainable, healthier, and resilient.
Bringing these ideas to the field, Diego also incorporates local flora and fauna identification skills, patience, humor, and understanding, knowledge of the Los Angeles region’s history, and imagination when hiking, exploring, and observing the world with the young biocitizens! He admires how they eagerly embrace the sights, sounds, and smells of the rugged mountains, sunny hills, and rushing creeks of our region; the positive memories and experiences they remember for years to come are what motivate Diego to bring his best energy every day!
He is beyond excited to be part of the Biocitizen Los Angeles team and guide the youth through fascinating, authentic discoveries of the mysterious, precious, and awe-inspiring wonders of nature right outside our doorsteps!