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VENT Tour Leader Rick Wright lectures at New York City Audubon

VENT tour leader Rick Wright, the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will... read more

Talk & Book-signing at New York City Audubon

Dear friends: I am delighted to announce my participation in the New York City Audubon ... read more

Free Webinar! September 13, 2017: Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll in 2018

On Wednesday, September 13, my colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar, the... read more

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Aboard the M/V Evolution4 cabins still available!

Our only Galapagos Islands Cruise of the year will operate July 6–15, 2018. For this departure we have reserved space aboard the newly renovated 32-passenger M/V Evolution, one of the best ships in the Galapagos. If you have ever wanted to visit this magical destination, now is the time to reserve your space as only four cabins remain available.

Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguin — Photo: Michael O’Brien

The Galapagos Islands are one of the planet’s most extraordinary places. Our itinerary encompasses most of the major islands including Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and Española. We’ll have a chance to see most of the endemic birds in addition to the other wildlife for which the Galapagos are so famous. Among the special seabirds occurring here is Galapagos Penguin—the world’s northernmost penguin; Waved Albatross—the only equatorial albatross; the amazing Flightless Cormorant; Red-billed Tropicbird; Lava and Swallow-tailed gulls—two of the world’s most limited range gulls; and several species of boobies and frigatebirds. Outstanding among the landbirds are the famous Darwin’s finches and several species of mockingbirds.

As wonderful as the birding is, a trip to the Galapagos offers a complete natural history experience. Daily landings at each of the islands on our itinerary will put us in the company of basking Marine Iguanas, colorful Lava Lizards, vivid Sally Lightfoot Crabs, and Galapagos Sea Lions lounging on beaches of floury-white sand. Guided interpretive walks will allow us to experience the remarkable botany of the islands and witness fabulous geologic features.

The Evolution’s staff of onboard leaders and naturalists will be complemented by an excellent team of VENT leaders featuring Paul Greenfield and another leader to be announced.

In addition to the legendary natural history, participants will enjoy a true tropical paradise filled with glorious sunrises and spectacular sunsets, relaxing strolls on white and black sand beaches, coastal hiking excursions, fascinating snorkeling, and a chance to walk in the footsteps of Darwin.

Cabins for our Galapagos Islands Cruise begin at $8,695 in double occupancy from Quito.

News & Field Reports



Dear friends, I've only recently returned from co-leading a tour to Cuba, but I am already preparing to leave on my next trip. This Sunday I will be back on the road with colleagues Barry Lyon and ...

Rick Wright speaks at Audubon Society of Omaha

  Saturday, March 17, VENT tour leader Rick Wright will speak to the Audubon Society of Omaha (ASO) in Bellevue, Nebraska. Sponsored by ASO and Fontenelle Forest, Rick’s presen...

Panama's Canopy Tower & El Valle's Canopy Lodge


My fabulous co-leader, Carlos Bethancourt, and everyone made it to the Canopy Tower's Observation Deck for a pre-breakfast morning of birding while sipping coffee or tea. Several Howler Monkey troo...

Southern India


We had yet another fantastic trip to South India—highly rated by all participants for great wildlife, food, and culture. The people everywhere were fantastic, and the trip ran seamlessly. Her...

Colombia: Bogota, Eastern Andes & the Magdalena Vallley


Our birding route included several traditional sites in the Magdalena Valley and, for the second year in a row, also a circular loop down the eastern slope of the Eastern Andes to the bustling city...