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Autumn Travel Opportunities!

Although the summer has just arrived, now is the perfect time for planning your autumn travel. We thought you’d like to know that spaces are still available on a number of fine tours departing in the September-November period. If you prefer a trip close to home, or perhaps a tropical escape, or even something further afield, VENT has a variety of domestic and international trips to satisfy your wanderlust! 

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Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Panama — Photo: Barry Zimmer

Autumn Grand Manan, September 1-7, 2014 with Barry Zimmer and Erik Bruhnke; $3,495 in double occupancy from Bangor. 1 space available.

The Pacific Northwest: A September Migration Birding Workshop, September 3-11, 2014 with Bob Sundstrom and a second leader to be announced; $2,795 in double occupancy from Seattle.

Fall Hawaii, October 8-16, 2014 with Bob Sundstrom and Eric VanderWerf; $3,895 in double occupancy from Honolulu (ends in Hilo).

Fall at Panama’s Canopy Tower, October 11-18, 2014 with Barry Zimmer and a local leader; $2,895 in double occupancy from Panama City.

Kenya: Birds & Wildlife, October 31-November 17, 2014 with David Wolf and Brian Gibbons; $10,250 in double occupancy from Nairobi.

Polar Bears of Churchill, November 1-7, 2014 with Bob Sundstrom; $5,995 in double occupancy from Winnipeg.

Madagascar Highlights, November 5-20, 2014 with Dion Hobcroft; $8,195 in double occupancy from Antananarivo. 1 space available.

Ecuador: The Northwestern Andean Slopes, November 15-23, 2014 with Paul Greenfield and Steve Hilty; $2,895 in double occupancy from Quito.


News & Field Reports

VENTflash #177


Dear friends, One of the many reasons I enjoy living in Austin, Texas is the opportunity to enjoy our city's unique urban wildlife spectacles. For instance, every evening in July we are treated to ...

Grand Costa Rica


Each of the 22 Costa Rica tours I have led in July has been unique. Although we visit the same areas, the species we encounter at each location vary somewhat, just as they do when one revisits favo...

Northern Peru's Cloud Forest Endemics


Our 2014 tour to this mecca of Andean cloudforest birding surpassed my wildest dreams, beating last year’s total by 11, coming in at an incredible 359 species! As to be expected, the birding ...

Lima's Coastal Marshes and Humboldt Seabird Colonies


We had a great day of birding at the Pantanos de Villa reserve beach area and, after traveling south through the Atacama Desert, at the delightful seaside resort and harbor at Pucasana. The marshes...

Northern Peru's Tumbes & Maranon Endemics


VENT’s return to this spectacular corner of Northern Peru, which is full of Tumbes and Marañon endemics and unique habitats, was a fantastic success! We were blessed with great weather...