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An Amazing Day on the 2015 Freeport Christmas Bird Count

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NEW YEAR IN PORTUGAL - With Bob Sundstrom & João Jara

December 27, 2016–January 7, 2017

Greater Flamingos occur at salt pans and other wetland locations in scattered locations around southern Portugal.

Greater Flamingos  — Photo: Faísca


Register by September 30 and receive a discount of $500!

$6,495 in double occupancy from Lisbon ($5995 with discount)

Our first-ever holiday tour to Europe visits charming Portugal, a country replete with good birds and good birding areas. Join Bob Sundstrom and excellent local guide João Jara for a thorough survey of the country’s southern half, visiting the famed Alentejo and Algarve regions to view a pageant of resident species and wintertime visitors. Of course, no trip here would be complete without time in the lovely capital, Lisbon, a city filled with cultural, historical, and architectural highlights.

Join us!


The Praça do Comércio, Commercial Square, of historic Lisbon dates from the 1700s.

Praça do Comércio, Commercial Square, of historic Lisbon — Photo: Photo archives


News & Field Reports

VENTflash #205


Dear friends, As many of you know, this past April VENT celebrated its 40th anniversary. On the heels of that historic milestone, this summer marked an occasion just as significant: the 30th annive...

Zika Virus and VENT's Response


February 4, 2016 Dear friends, In the last month, the rapid spread of the Zika virus has dominated the news. Although Zika virus has been known since 1947, its recent outbreak in the Western Hemisp...

Uganda Highlights


Once again we were successful in our primary goal of seeing wild Chimpanzees, Gorillas, and the superb Shoebill. We sighted more than 450 species of birds, more than 40 species of mammals, and had ...

Grand Alaska Part II: Anchorage, Denali Highway & Kenai Peninsula


Spring came early to Alaska this year, following a winter with relatively little snow in most parts of the state. We felt the effects on the birds throughout the entire month of our Alaska tours, a...

Grand Alaska Part I: Nome & the Pribilofs


Our 2016 Grand Alaska Part I tour began, as always, in Nome, my favorite place to bird in all of North America. There is something indescribably special about the area surrounding this old gold rus...