Menotti was the first member of Lipu (Birdlife Italy) of the whole Po river Delta, a bird paradise in NE Italy, in the mid-eighties, when his native area was unprotected. Now the Delta is a Biosphere Reserve, where more than 380 species of birds have been recorded, that means the 75% of the whole Italian avifauna, and Menotti is an avid birder who loves to share his knowledge with anyone and everyone. He has led birding and nature-study trips throughout the Po Delta and the Lagoon of Venice for many individuals and groups. His 30+ years (20 of those years spent leading professionally) of intensive birding in the Po Delta has provided him with intimate knowledge of the places where birds gather, nest, feed and hide.
He is also knowledgeable of the area’s fauna and flora and current environmental issues, since he is a licensed Nature Guide and a member of Aigae, the national associations of the Ecotour Guides. Menotti enthusiasm for birding is contagious and makes for exciting and fun days in the field. Menotti has acquired a great experience on the birds of NE Italy, discovering new breeding species and numerous rarities. He wrote more than 50 publications and is author of the Check-list of the birds of the Po Delta and member of the C.O.I. (Italian Ornithological Commission – Bird Rarity Commitee). Menotti won in 2015 the national Big Year and racked up 354 species, new Italian record. Thanks to this, he is now third among the top listing birders in Italy with 401 species. It’s the second time for him at COTF!