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Beaumont, Texas – April 17-22, 2016

The star of the show was this male Prothonotary Warbler that was just feet off the boardwalk for quite some time.

Prothonotary Warbler — Photo: Barry Zimmer

With great excitement we announce that VENT will turn 40 in 2016! To celebrate our anniversary, we are planning a big event in our home state of Texas, where it all began in 1976. The site we have chosen for this historic occasion is Beaumont, on the Upper Texas Coast, one of America’s greatest birding areas. Our 40th Anniversary Celebration will take place April 17-22, 2016 and will feature four days of field trips, 17 VENT leaders, and evening programs. The Celebration will be limited to 112 participants.

Throughout the month of April, few other regions in the country offer such splendid birding opportunities combined with easy accessibility to a diversity of locations. We will have four fun-filled days to explore the varied regions of the Upper Coast including the piney-woods of East Texas; Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, the Bolivar Peninsula, and the famous coastal hotspots of Sabine Woods and Houston Audubon’s High Island sanctuaries.

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker — Photo: Greg Lasley

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration is also a social event in which participants are treated to cocktail hours, an artist’s corner, dinners, and presentations by distinguished speakers. There will be numerous opportunities to interact with VENT tour leaders, special guests, and other celebration participants.

In attendance will be some of the most renowned tour leaders, birders, naturalists, bird and wildlife artists, nature writers, and guest speakers in North America including Victor Emanuel, Dr. John Fitzpatrick of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Kenn Kaufman, Pete Dunne, Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute, Barry Lyon, David Wolf, Steve Hilty, Barry Zimmer, Kevin Zimmer, Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, Bob Sundstrom, Jeri Langham, Brian Gibbons, David Ascanio, Andrew Whittaker, Brennan Mulrooney, Erik Bruhnke, and Rafael Galvez.

This anniversary celebration is a major milestone for VENT, marking 40 years of worldwide nature tours and conservation. It is guaranteed to be an exciting and successful event. I hope you will join us in Beaumont next April and make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and help us celebrate our 40th year of business!

VENT’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, April 17-22, 2016; $2,895 in double occupancy from Beaumont, Texas. Limit 112.


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