September 2017 emailing
September 22nd, 2017 by Field Guides· Add a Comment
After an August break from emailings (while we were busy with our Field Guides annual staff meeting and more), we have a whole lot of news for you. Here you can catch up on recent Field Guides tours with nearly 100 fresh images from trips including New Guinea, East Africa, Arizona, Peru, and Galapagos in our September Recent Photos gallery. Linked below we also bring you schedule additions (Guyana III in 2018, 6 new itineraries in 2019), office news, two cool bird-related items, 15 recent illustrated triplists (lots of pics, videos, and anecdotes), 20 fresh itineraries for 2018, and spaces available during the October to February period. The photo below is of our Field Guides “family” — guides and office staff at our recent annual meeting in Colorado, which was wonderful. We’ve included a few pics from the meeting in the Recent Photos. Enjoy reading and viewing, and good birding to all!
Schedule updates: fall ’18 Guyana, new ’19 tours
Guide John Coons has added a fall 2018 Guyana: Wilderness Paradise tour to his schedule. Dates are Dec 1-12, 2018. Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Capuchinbird, Rufous Crab-Hawk, Blood-colored Woodpecker, and even Harpy Eagle are among the many exciting possibilities in this country with vast wilderness areas. (And by the way, as we send this emailing, we’ve just added a second departure of John’s popular Northern Arizona’s Canyons & Condor trip, this one scheduled for Jun 8-13, 2018 — grab a space while you can.)
We have scheduled the following 6 exciting new itineraries for 2019. We have basic pages online for each of the tours below, with more details to come soon. But the tour names alone should give you a fair idea of what each one is all about.
- New Mexico: Wintering Specialties, Jan 26-Feb 1, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory
- Idaho: Snake River to Sawtooths, May 18-26, 2019 with Eric Hynes & Mitch Lysinger
- Japan in Spring, May 22-Jun 3 with Phil Gregory
- Maine in Fall: Seabirds & Coastal Migrants, Sep 9-17, 2019 with Eric Hynes
- Great Rivers of the Amazon III: Exploring the Lower Rio Tapajos Region, Nov 4-17, 2019 with Bret Whitney & Micah Riegner
- Holland: Birding & Dutch Masters, Dec 1-8, 2019 with Godfried Schreur & Jay VanderGaast
If you would like to hold a space on one or more of these tours, with no obligation until the itinerary is ready, just contact our office.
We also have two additional new 2019 itineraries, one in January to Northeast Brazil and the Araguaia River with Bret & Micah, the other in May to Great Britain with Megan & Willy, for which we’ll have more details next month.
Office news: direct phone lines to your tour managers
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. In areas where we offer 2018 tours — Texas, Florida, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico — we are working with local suppliers to determine the extent of the damage and will keep participants booked on those tours informed. As a company, we will be making charitable donations in the coming weeks to the organizations that we feel will do the most good for these affected regions. Moreover, your participation on these tours will help support parks, hotels, airports, restaurants, and van rental companies to keep their people employed.
With this recent spate of natural disasters causing travel havoc, Field Guides clients have come especially to appreciate having their tour manager’s direct phone numbers at hand. Dialing this number routes them directly to their tour manager during business hours, and after hours gives them the number for the agent on call dealing with emergencies during hours when our office is closed. After depositing for a tour, each participant receives this number on their confirmation letter and the information is also at the bottom of every email you receive from the tour manager. Your tour manager is always happy to speak with you, even if havoc is not involved!
Cool news: “Windy” weather app, Harlem bird art
Two particularly interesting items this month:
- A very cool website and smartphone app that helps birders identify key weather factors (wind, dew point, temp, and much more), affecting in particular bird migration, but also giving you a very cool visual layout of local, regional, or even continental weather. Explore the windy.com website at this link, and you can download the app for your phone by searching for windy.com in your app supplier for iOS or Android.
- The Audubon Mural Project: A lovely effort in Harlem to bring together awareness of North America’s climate-threatened bird species via some cool and sometimes whimsical modern murals in John James Audubon’s old haunts. Check out the project, the paintings, the artists, and the conservation challenges of each species via this link: http://www.audubon.org/amp
Visit us at the American Birding Expo in Philly next week
Guides Megan Edwards Crewe, Jesse Fagan, and Doug Gochfeld, along with Jan Pierson, will be at the American Birding Expo being held in Philadelphia at the end of the month, Friday to Sunday, Sep 29-Oct 1. You can check out all the details of the event on the Expo website. Admission is $10 for the whole event. There will be about 100 exhibitors of everything from optics and tours to bird books and birding festivals. Field Guides will be in booth E14, and if you are in the Greater Philly area, we hope you’ll stop in to say hi!
Lots of fresh Instagram posts
For a little extra fun, check out our Instagram page for a variety of beautiful photos by our guides and participants and info from our tours (you can see it from your smartphone or tablet app or on your computer). Become one of our 1000+ followers if you’d like to keep up with new posts, which now appear on a regular basis. Enjoy!
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 September Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)
Comments from our travelers
Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.
“Chris Benesh is beyond awesome. Some of us were talking about him and we agreed that we’d need a thesaurus to come up with enough superlatives to describe him. He makes guiding look easy even though we know it’s not. He’s a good teacher. And he is a very funny man—we laughed a lot.” J.P., ARIZONA’S SECOND SPRING 2017
“This was my 19th tour with Field Guides and my 4th with Willy Perez. Willy is a national treasure. Of course he knows the birds, but his additional knowledge about everything and anything is fantastic. He has more energy than 10 people and a great sense of humor. He adds so much to the overall experience. The office staff is one of the reasons I keep traveling with FG. They are the best. Every time I stray from Field Guides I regret it.” J.H., CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR 2017
“This was my first birding tour company experience. The trip was fantastic. Couldn’t have been better. Not only did guide Mitch Lysinger and our local guides possess superior birding skills and check that we all saw the birds, but they were always mindful of our safety and welfare. And Tour Manager Ruth Kuhl was always prompt in responding to our questions and timely in sending information.” J.L., AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE 2017
“It was wonderful, our first trip with Field Guides and to South America. The whole trip was well planned and thought out, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Guide Jesse Fagan is very helpful and great with people, not to mention a great birder!” M.W., MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU 2017
Tour openings: October to February
Guide Tom Johnson brought home this cool shot of a Crane Hawk overhead on our 2017 Costa Rica: Birding the Edges tour, which we offer in two parts and was co-led by Tom with Cory Gregory this year. Tom and Cory are headed back this coming January, and there is still space available–take just one part, or combine the two…either way it’ll be a lot of fun with these guys, and you’ll see a lot of birds. Each part recorded more than 300 species in 2017, and if you want to have a preview, have a look at their entertaining illustrated triplists for Part One and Part Two. If you’d like to hold a space, contact our office.
- Australia (Part One), Oct 9-29 with Chris Benesh & Jesse Fagan (1 space)
- Australia (Part Two), Oct 27-Nov 11 with John Coons & Tom Johnson (1 space)
- Great Rivers of the Amazon: Exploring the Rio Aripuana, Oct 30-Nov 14 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (3 spaces)
- Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails II, Nov 2-6 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory (2 spaces)
- Vietnam (added departure), Nov 3-23 with Dave Stejskal (2 spaces)
- Colombia: Cali Escape, Nov 18-27 with Richard Webster (3 spaces)
- Holiday Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel, Nov 18-27 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory (spaces open)
- Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista I, Dec 19-27 with Jay VanderGaast & local guide (2 spaces)
- Arizona Winter Specialties, Dec 27-Jan 2 with Tom Johnson (3 spaces)
- Costa Rica: Birding the Edges (Part I), Jan 6-15 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory (spaces open)
- Thailand, Jan 13-Feb 3 with Jay VanderGaast & Uthai Treesucon (2 spaces)
- Costa Rica: Birding the Edges (Part II), Jan 14-23 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory (spaces open)
- Jewels of Ecuador I, Jan 20-Feb 6 with Willy Perez (4 spaces)
- The Heart of Chile, Jan 27-Feb 10 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros (spaces open)
- Colombia: Medellin Escape, Feb 3-12 with Richard Webster & local guide (3 spaces)
- Panama’s Canopy Tower, Feb 4-10 with Chris Benesh & local guide (3 spaces)
- Cambodia: Angkor Temples & Vanishing Birds, Feb 10-24 with Phil Gregory & Doug Gochfeld (4 spaces)
- Owlberta: Alberta’s Owls & More, Feb 17-23 with Jay VanderGaast & John Coons (2 spaces)
- Colombia: Santa Marta Escape, Feb 24-Mar 4 with Richard Webster & Cory Gregory (spaces open)
- Borneo I, Feb 27-Mar 16 with Dave Stejskal & local guide (1 space)
Recently posted 2018 itineraries
- Borneo I, Feb 27-Mar 16, 2018 with Dave Stejskal
- Namibia & Botswana I, Feb 27-Mar 18, 2018 with Terry Stevenson
- Western Panama: Chiriqui & Bocas del Toro, Mar 18-27, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
- Bahamas, Mar 31-Apr 4, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
- Spain, May 5-17, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Godfried Schreur
- Spring in Cape May, May 13-19, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Doug Gochfeld
- Texas’s Big Bend & Hill Country, Apr 21-30, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
- Beyond the Ports of Portugal: A Birds & Wine Tour, Apr 24-May 5, 2018 with Marcelo Padua
- Northeast India: Eaglenest, Kaziranga & More, Apr 21-May 9, 2018 with Phil Gregory
- Classical Greece, May 5-19, 2018 with Megan Edwards Crewe
- Arizona: Birding the Border I, May 11-20, 2018 with John Coons
- Arizona: Birding the Border II, May 19-28, 2018 with Dave Stejskal
- Uganda, May 19-Jun 8, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
- Maine in Spring: Northeast Breeding Specialties, May 26-Jun 3, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Cory Gregory
- Kenya Safari Spectacular, Jun1-25, 2018 with Terry Stevenson
- Northern Arizona’s Canyons & Condor I, Jun 2-7, 2018 with John Coons
- Northern Arizona’s Canyons & Condor II, Jun 8-13, 2018 with John Coons
- Borneo II, Jun 26-Jul 13, 2018 with Megan Edwards Crewe
- Wild Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari, Jul 14-29, 2018 with Terry Stevenson
- Arizona’s Second Spring I, Jul 14-23, 2018 with Chris Benesh
- Arizona’s Second Spring II, Aug 4-13, 2018 with John Coons