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"I chose this tour because of the leader, Bret Whitney, and the new and interesting destination. The overall experience was very good. The best feature of the tour was the great learning experience that stems from Bret's knowledge. Group experience was good. Bret is a guide second to none. Many thanks for another great Brazil experience."
- M.A., POUSADA RIO ROOSEVELT, BRAZIL

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The spectacular Wire-tailed Manakin, 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 Lab of Ornithology at Cornell, 2004 recipient of the ABA's Ludlow Griscom award, and an eternal optimist about almost everything. 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

RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Sep 16-30, 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.
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Oct 19 - Nov 4, 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 2-18, 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 22, 2018)
NOWHERE BUT NORTHEAST BRAZIL!
Jan 15 - Feb 1, 2019 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
From beautiful beaches to barren badlands, our tour is a quest for specialties of the endangered caatinga, chapada, and Atlantic Forest habitats.
(Southern Bahia Extension to Feb 7, 2019)
BRAZIL -- MINAS GERAIS & TOCANTINS: BLUE-EYED GROUND-DOVE AND BEYOND
May 25 - Jun 9, 2019 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
This new itinerary visits a rich region of Brazil not covered on our other tours, one replete with rarely seen endemics and the recently rediscovered Blue-eyed Ground-Dove!
GREAT RIVERS OF THE AMAZON II: BIRDING THE MADEIRA-TAPAJOS INTERFLUVIUM
Aug 2-17, 2019 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
Aug 31 - Sep 14, 2019 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 RIO ROOSEVELT: BIRDING THE RIVER OF DOUBT
Oct 12-27, 2019 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
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.
BRAZIL -- PARADISE REVISITED: BIRDING THE REMOTE UPPER RIO NEGRO
Dec 17-27, 2019 with Bret Whitney
Bret Whitney will guide this exploration of wilderness areas along the Rio Negro in northern Brazil in search of numerous specialty birds and rarities.


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