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Rick Wright speaks at Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Meeting

May 16, 2018

  Rick Wright, VENT tour leader and the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will be the featured speaker Saturday evening, May 19, at the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Meeting. Rick’s presentation is titled, “Brown is Beautiful: Discovering the American Sparrows and their Discoverers.” Rick Wright  

Rafael Galvez in Birding magazine, April 2018

May 16, 2018

  The cover of the April 2018 issue of Birding magazine featured the beautiful artwork of VENT tour leader Rafael Galvez in a watercolor titled Tidal Flats at Snake Bight, Everglades.  In the same issue, Rafael was the subject of the “Birding Interview” in which he talks about his spark birds (herons and egrets), his raptor research along the Black Sea of Georgia, his involvement with the Florida Keys Hawkwatch migration monitoring project, his advice for young birders o...

Erik Bruhnke appears in "This Birding Life"

May 16, 2018

  In March 2018, VENT tour leader Erik Bruhnke led VENT’s Honduras: The Lodge at Pico Bonito tour. While there, Erik was interviewed by Bill Thompson, III for This Birding Life, a podcast series produced by the folks at Bird Watcher’s Digest.  Learn more about Erik during this 17-minute interview with "The World's Happiest Birdman" – and be sure to stay tuned in for the “Lightning Round” towards the end! Erik Bruhnke     &...

Rick Wright speaks at Audubon Society of Omaha

March 13, 2018

  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 presentation, “Discoveries, Rediscoveries, and Stories: John James Audubon in Nebraska,” will describe Audubon’s visit to the area 175 years ago. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.      

Victor Emanuel Speaks at Mass Audubon Birders Meeting, March 11

March 06, 2018

  Victor Emanuel will give the keynote address at Mass Audubon’s 26th Annual Birders Meeting, March 11, 2018. He will speak about “Birds & Life” at 9:00 a.m. at UMass Boston. Copies of his memoir, One More Warbler, A Life With Birds, will be available for purchase at the Audubon Shop, and Victor will sign copies during the lunch break.  

Rick Wright speaks at Wachiska Audubon Society, March 8

March 06, 2018

  Thursday, March 8, VENT tour leader Rick Wright will be the guest speaker at the March Awards Banquet of the Wachiska Audubon Society of Southeast Nebraska in Lincoln.  Rick’s presentation, “Discoveries, Rediscoveries, and Stories: John James Audubon in Nebraska,” will describe Audubon’s visit to the area 175 years ago. The program will begin at 7:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public.   

Rick Wright lectures at New York City Audubon


Rick Wright: February 21, 2018

VENT tour leader Rick Wright, the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will lecture on “Sparrows and People and Sparrow People” at New York City Audubon, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Rick is the author of two books on the Latin and German animal literature of the late Middle Ages and several birding field guides. He is a prolific contributor to the birding literature and a sought-after lecturer.    

Victor Emanuel's Speaking & Book-signing Schedule

October 05, 2017

  Victor Emanuel will be speaking and signing copies of his recently published memoir, One More Warbler, a Life with Birds, at various locations across the United States:     October 12, 2017: Lake-Cook Audubon Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society   October 21, 2017: Fort Worth Audubon Society   December 7, 2017: New York City Audubon   January 11, 2018: Houston Audubon   March 11, 2018: Mass Audubon Birders Meeting   April...

Victor Emanuel's Podcasts

October 05, 2017

  Victor has appeared in several podcasts. Listen in, and get to know Victor and VENT!   University of Texas Press, with Victor Emanuel and S. Kirk Walsh, a New England FM radio station   BirdCallsRadio, a radio show about wild birds and conservation, hosted by Mardi Dickinson   Bird Watcher’s Digest, the home of Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine since 1978  

Free Webinar April 4, 2017 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

March 27, 2017

    Free Webinar - Tuesday, April 4, 2017   Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Presents: Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands An Adventure of a Lifetime! January 4–25, 2018 | 22 Days | Aboard the Island Sky Gray-headed Albatross off St Andrews Bay— Photo: Michael O'Brien   King Penguins, Gold Harbour— Photo: Michael O'Brien                        ...

Free Webinar - Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti

February 03, 2017

    Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Presents: A Free Webinar - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti A Paradise for Tropical Seabirds & Island Endemics October 22-November 7, 2017 - Aboard the Caledonian Sky Collared Lorikeet— Photo: Zegrahm Expeditions    Just announced: Up to $1,000 per person air credit!  Join Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours for a free webinar! On Wednesday, February 8...

Free Webinar - Circumnavigation of Iceland

September 27, 2016

  Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Presents: A Free Webinar - Wednesday, October 5, 2016   Circumnavigation of Iceland Birding and Nature in the Land of Fire and Ice   June 1 - 12, 2017 | 12 Days | Aboard the Ocean Diamond   Thingvellir National Park, Iceland— Photo: Zegrahm Expeditions   Razorbills— Photo: Zegrahm Expeditions                          ...

Free Webinar - Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand

September 09, 2016

  Free Webinar—Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Presents:  Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand The Greatest Seabirding in the World January 17 - February 3, 2017 | 18 Days | Aboard the Caledonian Sky  Macquarie Island, Sandy Bay, Anere Station— Photo: G. Fasanelli   Join Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours for a free webinar! On Tuesday, September 13th, learn about our January Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand expedi...

About Victor Emanuel

April 12, 2015

Michael Barnes, the Out & About Social Columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, has written a wonderful article about Victor Emanuel which appears in the Sunday, April 12, 2015 edition.  Read it here!

Denver Holt Speaks about Snowy Owls

February 10, 2015

  VENT leader and owl expert Denver Holt will be the guest speaker at Travis Audubon Society’s Monthly Membership Meeting, Thursday, February 19, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Denver will speak about “Snowy Owls: Spectacular Nomads of the Far North.” The meeting will be held at the Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th Street, at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). Denver is an internationally recognized owl researcher and expert. He is the founder and president of...

Victor Emanuel speaks about Birdwatching in Texas


Victor Emanuel: June 05, 2013

As part of “The Birds of Texas” lecture series, held in partnership with the Travis Audubon Society, Victor Emanuel will speak Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. Victor will speak about Birdwatching in Texas. All of the lectures in this series will take place in the museum’s Texas Spirit Theater, and admission is free! 

Gray-crowned Crocias found at new area in Vietnam


David Bishop: March 27, 2012

One of the rarest birds in the world, endemic to Vietnam, has just been discovered at a new location in Kon Tum Province by Victor Emanuel Nature Tours leader, David Bishop, significantly extending its known global range and offering hope that the species may not be as threatened with extinction as scientists fear.Gray-crowned Crocias (Crocias langbianis) is one of the least known birds of Asia; it was so rare it was known as "the babbler that wouldn't come back." It was first d...

The Birdman of Texas

April 22, 2011

The May 2011 issue of Texas Monthly magazine includes a wonderful article about Victor Emanuel, THE BIRDMAN OF TEXAS, written by senior editor Katy Vine, with photographs by Wyatt McSpadden. And for even more about Victor, the Texas Monthly website offers several Web Exclusives:• RARE BIRD, a Q & A with Katy Vine, offers "the story behind the story."• Read about some of Victor's favorite birds in THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.• FOR THE BIRDS is a short...

A Conversation with Peter Matthiessen April 30 in Austin


Victor Emanuel: April 21, 2011

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and Travis Audubon Society are proud to present A Conversation with Peter Matthiessen, Saturday, April 30th, 8:00 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center in Austin, Texas.I will join my friend Peter on stage and ask him questions about his career, his travels, and the causes that have meant most to him.Peter Matthiessen is one of the most renowned and revered writers of our time. He has written novels, short stories, and non-fiction, and has won the National Book Aw...

Jaguar on the Rio Cuiaba, Brazil


Kevin Zimmer: August 28, 2009

Kevin Zimmer and Andrew Whittaker have just returned from another great "Best of Brazil" tour. One of the most memorable highlights of their trip was an incredible experience with a jaguar along the Rio Cuiabá.  Click here - Jaguar on the Rio Cuiaba, Brazil - to see Kevin’s amazing photographs!