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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.

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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

Antarctica with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

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.)

ALBERTA’S OWLS & MORE
with Jay VanderGaast & John Coons

MEXICO: OAXACA I
with Chris Benesh & Dan Lane

ANTARCTICA
with Bret Whitney & Tom Johnson

THAILAND
with Jay VanderGaast & Uthai Treesucon

PANAMA’S CANOPY TOWER & LODGE
with John Coons

MEXICO: OAXACA II
with Cory Gregory & Jorge Montejo

COLOMBIA: SANTA MARTA ESCAPE
with Richard Webster & Cory Gregory

THE HEART OF CHILE
with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

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

France with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Check our listing below for space still available on select tours from July through October. The image above was taken by guide Cory Gregory in the French Pyrenees, looking into Spain. We have two France: Camargue & Pyrenees September departures again this year, with one space still open on our first tour with Megan Edwards Crewe (Sep 1-11), and two open on our second tour, with Jay VanderGaast & Marcelo Padua (Sep 5-15). Great birds, great eats, and great landscapes! If you’re interested, contact our office. You can also have a peek at a 2017 illustrated and annotated triplist here.

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!

GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE
Four 2019 departures • Jan – Mar – Nov

AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Jan or Jun • Willy Perez or Mitch Lysinger

COLOMBIA: LLANOS & MORE
Nov 2018 • Jesse Fagan

THAILAND
Jan • Jay VanderGaast & Uthai Treesucon

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Feb or Dec • Dan Lane or Tom Johnson

JEWELS OF ECUADOR
Jan or Mar • Mitch Lysinger or Willy Perez

COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan • Jesse Fagan

PANAMA’S CANOPY TOWER
Feb • John Coons

CAMBODIA
Feb • Phil Gregory

COLOMBIA: SANTA MARTA ESCAPE
Feb • Cory Gregory

ANTARCTICA
Feb • Doug Gochfeld





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