May 2018 emailing
May 17th, 2018 by Field Guides· Add a Comment
Hello, all! Where has the last month gone? Our guides and groups have been off to places as familiar as the Texas Coast, Colorado, and Florida, and as far-flung and exotic as Bhutan, Cambodia, and Ghana…with detours to Portugal, Hungary, and India. Spring is rushing to a close! But summer brings Alaska, Kenya, Brazil, Peru, Spitsbergen, Borneo, and myriad other destinations — another great season ahead. In this emailing we have a fresh May Recent Photos Gallery with more than 120 great images from 16 itineraries (from the Bay-headed Tanager above by Panama participant Stan Lilley, to the curious Collared Redstart below by Costa Rica participant Tracey Bauder — just a couple of teasers). Also linked below are a great bird news source, 3 just-opened Manaus (Brazil) spaces, some cool Antarctica tour videos, a fresh batch of 8 recent triplists, and 11 updated itineraries for 2018 and 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our July-October tours. Thanks for checking it all out — we look forward to seeing you in the field.
Late Manaus openings, cool bird news
First, a quick heads up that we’ve had a few rare, late cancellations on the first departure of our Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus, Brazil tour (the second departure is full) with Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros, and there are 3 spaces currently open for this Sep 1-15 departure. If you’re interested in a river-based adventure, check out the itinerary or a 2017 triplist, too (the long opening video gives a great taste of the tour).
On the cool bird news front, if you are not already subscribed, let us suggest you check out The Birding Community E-Bulletin compiled by Paul Baicich and Wayne Petersen. Paul and Wayne do a great job assembling the latest news and updates on everything from endangered species status to rarity sightings to upcoming key legislative moves affecting birds…and more. There’s an archive of past bulletins here, but if you want to be right up to date, go to this link to subscribe. It’s free, and you’ll get the news a week or two before the latest issue gets posted to the archive. Just as an example, the most recent May bulletin has a rarity focus on Marsh Sandpiper, interesting conservation news about Chimney Swifts, a piece about Black-capped Vireo being delisted as an Endangered Species, a Kirtland’s Warbler proposal, some surprising news about three well-known species that might be in much more trouble than we thought (Atlantic Puffin, Snowy Owl, Black-legged Kittiwake), and more. It’s worth a look.
In more bird news, check out this article in Canada’s Globe and Mail about the intersection of Red Knots, tracking technology, climate change, Horseshoe Crabs, and more. If you need a teaser to have a look, here’s an eye-catching line: some Red Knots “have been known to fly farther in their lifetimes than the distance to the moon.”
Some video fun from our Antarctica tour
Have a look at this gallery of 6 video compilations by guide Bret Whitney from our 2018 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands tour he co-led with Tom Johnson. You’ll see some spectacular (and humorous) experiences with birds, wildlife, landscapes, and life on board. You can also see the complete annotated triplist at this link.
Triplists from recent tours
Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our May Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)
Private tours for your group or organization
Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of the recent Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.
A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”
Tour openings: July through October
- Brazil: Jaguar Spotting I, Jul 9-20 with Marcelo Padua & John Coons (2 spaces)
- Arizona’s Second Spring I, Jul 14-23 with Chris Benesh (1 space)
- Brazil: Jaguar Spotting II, Jul 21-Aug 1 with Marcelo Barreiros & Jesse Fagan (spaces open)
- Peruvian Rainforests of the Tambopata, Aug 6-16 with Jesse Fagan (4 spaces)
- Oregon: Coast to Cascades I, Aug 29-Sep 8 with Cory Gregory (1 space)
- France: Camargue & Pyrenees I, Sep 1-11 with Megan Edwards Crewe (1 space)
- Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus Brazil I, Sep 1-15 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (3 spaces)
- France: Camargue & Pyrenees II, Sep 5-15 with Jay Vandergaast & Marcelo Padua (2 spaces)
- Slice of California I, Sep 6-15 with Chris Benesh (spaces open)
- Bolivia’s Avian Riches, Sep 7-23 with Dan Lane (spaces open)
- Slice of California II, Sep 11-20 with Tom Johnson (3 spaces)
- Ecuador’s Shiripuno Lodge, Sep 20-29 with Mitch Lysinger (4 spaces)
- Safari Brazil: The Pantanal & More, Sep 22-Oct 7 with Marcelo Padua & Dave Stejskal (1 space)
- Northern Peru: Endemics Galore, Oct 3-21 with Dan Lane (spaces open)
- South Africa, Oct 4-26 with Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel (1 space)
- Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru II, Oct 5-14 with Jesse Fagan (1 space)
- New Guinea & Australia, Oct 11-29 with Jay VanderGaast (3 spaces)
- Northwestern Argentina, Oct 13-31 with Willy Perez & local guide (1 space)
- Southeast Brazil (Part One): North of the Tropic, Oct 19-Nov 4 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (1 space)
Recently posted 2018 & 2019 itineraries
Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2018 and 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!