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"Bret Whitney was the main reason I signed up for this trip. His knowledge of bird vocalizations and bird distributions is absolutely amazing, and he is a true artist in the use of sound recording and playback.I had heard all these things before the trip. What I didn't know was his wonderful personality, his wit, his concern for participant welfare, and his attention to detail as a trip leader."
- J.H., ALTA FLORESTA & PANTANAL

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Boating down the Rio Roosevelt in Brazil, by guide Bret Whitney
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BRET WHITNEY: Field Guides Leader

Bret Whitney grew up birding in the wild Midwest, mostly in Indiana, where he graduated from Earlham College. He is known for his ability to identify birds by their calls and songs, which has led to his stumbling onto multiple species new to science during research expeditions and even on Field Guides tours!

Bret is one of the founders of Field Guides, a Research Associate of the Museum of Natural Science at Louisiana State University, an Associate of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell, 2004 recipient of the ABA's Ludlow Griscom award, and an eternal optimist about everything except Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. Bret guides many of our Brazil tours and, with Brazilian colleagues, he is producing a series of regional field guides to the birds of Brazil.

Bret has such amazing hearing and knowledge. He is like a bird maestro! His knowledge is deep and he shares so much as the tour unfolds. I loved this tour, wouldn't change a thing. I've done three tours with Bret and will definitely travel with him again." D.F., Nowhere but Northeast Brazil!



Bret's Upcoming Tours

BRAZIL'S RIO ROOSEVELT: BIRDING THE RIVER OF DOUBT
Jun 9-23, 2017 with Bret Whitney
A birding adventure on the remote Rio Roosevelt in the spirit of Teddy himself, as we search for bushbirds, ant swarms, up to 10 species described to science only in 2013, and, of course, the unknown.
May be combined with Rainforest & Savanna
GREAT RIVERS OF THE AMAZON II: BIRDING THE MADEIRA-TAPAJOS INTERFLUVIUM
Aug 1-16, 2017 with Bret Whitney & Tom Johnson
Live-aboard luxury on an adventurous birding tour through the lower Madeira-Tapajos interfluvium of central Amazonian Brazil; be ready for the unexpected!
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Sep 9-23, 2017 with Bret Whitney & Dan Lane
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.
BRAZIL'S REMOTE RIO TAPAJOS
Sep 30 - Oct 11, 2017 with Bret Whitney & John Coons
Nine days of explorations on the upper reaches of a major tributary of the Amazon based on a luxurious floating hotel.
GREAT RIVERS OF THE AMAZON I: EXPLORING THE RIO ARIPUANA
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2017 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
A rarissimo opportunity to bird the magnificent yet poorly known Aripuana River, including several sites never before visited by ornithologists; a global first-run, expect surprises!
ANTARCTICA: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS
Jan 31 - Feb 21, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Bret Whitney
The ultimate seabird and wildlife cruise, including fabulous South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Variable fee depending on cabin choice.
BRAZIL'S RIO ROOSEVELT: BIRDING THE RIVER OF DOUBT
Jun 9-23, 2018 with Bret Whitney
A birding adventure on the remote Rio Roosevelt in the spirit of Teddy himself, as we search for bushbirds, ant swarms, up to 10 species described to science only in 2013, and, of course, the unknown.
May be combined with Rainforest & Savanna
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Sep 8-22, 2018 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.
BRAZIL'S REMOTE RIO TAPAJOS
Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2018 with Bret Whitney
Nine days of explorations on the upper reaches of a major tributary of the Amazon based on a luxurious floating hotel.
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Oct 26 - Nov 11, 2018 (I) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
The fantastic center of avian endemism in eastern Brazil, particularly well endowed with hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds, and beautiful scenery. Part I: North of the Tropic; Part II: South of the Capricorn, plus an optional Iguazu Falls Extension.
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Nov 9-25, 2018 (II) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
The fantastic center of avian endemism in eastern Brazil, particularly well endowed with hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds, and beautiful scenery. Part I: North of the Tropic; Part II: South of the Capricorn, plus an optional Iguazu Falls Extension.
(Iguassu Falls Extension to Nov 29, 2018)


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