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VENTflash #213: Another Harpy Eagle Opportunity & Mongolia


Victor Emanuel: January 12, 2017

Dear friends, Two months ago I informed you of the thrilling news of the discovery of a Harpy Eagle nest in close proximity to the Canopy Camp in the Darien lowlands of eastern Panama. In response to this remarkable event, we added a second Canopy Camp departure ahead of an already scheduled departure in January. Both trips filled immediately! Two days ago, I received the wonderful news from my good friend Raul Arias de Para, who built the Canopy family of lodges, that the first of these grou...

VENTflash #212: Alaska Tours 2017, the Sea Cloud & More!


Victor Emanuel: January 10, 2017

Dear friends, VENT closed out 2016 in ritual year-end fashion with our annual Christmas and New Year tours to Panama in addition to our first-ever holiday tour in Europe, New Year in Portugal. We begin the new year with a terrific suite of January trips including birding and natural history cruises to Antarctica, the Amazon River, and the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, and traditional land-based trips to Arizona, California, Ecuador, India, Japan, New Mexico, Panama, and Peru. ...

VENTflash #211: The American Tropics: So Near. So Wonderful


Victor Emanuel: December 15, 2016

Dear friends, Much of the country is now experiencing harsh winter weather, with frigid temperatures, heavy snow, and ice prevailing from coast to coast. Although getting outdoors and into nature can indeed bring rewarding winter birding, the lack of avian diversity (in most places) and the uncomfortable conditions of the season are enough to keep many of us indoors much of the time. Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Panama — Photo: Barry Zimmer It is for this very reason that VE...

VENTflash #210; Extraordinary Harpy Eagle Opportunity!


Victor Emanuel: November 22, 2016

Dear friends, From Panama, via my close friend, Raúl Arias de Para, comes the electrifying news of the discovery of a Harpy Eagle nest in close proximity to the Canopy Camp in the Darien lowlands of eastern Panama. Equally thrilling, I recently heard from VENT leader Barry Zimmer who reported that his tour to the Canopy Camp last month enjoyed amazing, close views of an adult bird at the nest! Harpy Eagle; Darien, Panama; October 2016 — Photo: Barry Zimmer Throughout...

VENTflash #209: Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands: Space Newly Available!


Victor Emanuel: October 27, 2016

Dear friends, VENT will kick off the new year with our annual cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands, January 5–26, 2017. Looking ahead to this voyage, I have some important news to share: first, owing to a fantastic turnout of participants, VENT leader Rafael Galvez will join Brian Gibbons as co-leader for this trip; and second, I am excited to announce that space on board the ship has become newly available to VENT travelers! Southern Elephant Seal &am...

VENTflash #208


Victor Emanuel: October 12, 2016

Dear friends, A year ago at this time, I had recently returned from co-leading our inaugural Birds & Music tour to Hungary and the Czech Republic. This multi-themed tour is one we had wanted to offer for years, but we hadn't found an agent in Europe with whom we wanted to work. That changed several years ago when we met Balázs Szigeti and Attila Steiner at the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. Balázs and Attila are Hungarian and the pri...

VENTflash #207


Victor Emanuel: September 21, 2016

Dear friends, VENT operates approximately 150 tours a year to destinations all over the world. With so many tours in the field every month, I regularly receive reports of amazing sightings that occur on our trips. In August, we operated tours to Africa (Namibia, Botswana & Zambia and South Africa) North America (Canada: Grand Manan), Australasia (Borneo, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and West New Britain), and South America (Brazil: Pantanal and Peru: Manu). The tour reports that we receiv...

VENTflash #206: Sicily & Malta Aboard the Sea Cloud


Victor Emanuel: September 06, 2016

Dear friends, For many, the opportunity to travel aboard the historic sailing ship, Sea Cloud, is the thrill of a lifetime. Unique in her all-wood construction and spectacular under sail, this legendary ship has no peer. For years, it had been a dream of mine to charter the Sea Cloud exclusively for VENT travelers for a Mediterranean cruise that emphasized history and nature—two of my favorite things. That dream became a reality in the autumn of 2005 when we reserved the entire ship for...

VENTflash #205


Victor Emanuel: August 29, 2016

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 anniversary of the founding of our summer youth birding camp program. Back in 1986, VENT inaugurated the country's first-ever youth birding program with Camp Chiricahua, a two-week summer camp in southeastern Arizona. Nothing like this camp had ever been attempted, and the idea behind it was to connect yo...

VENTflash #204


Victor Emanuel: July 26, 2016

Dear friends, Of all the places where I've led tours, few are nearer to my heart than Panama. Starting with the very first trip VENT ever operated to Panama in January 1978 to the present, that small Central American country has remained a staple of VENT's foreign tour repertoire. Rufous Motmot, Panama — Photo: Barry Zimmer That first tour was one I co-led with my friend John Rowlett, and although it's been almost 40 years, I still recall that trip well. I remember the...

VENTflash #203/Summer Discount Extended for Polar Bears of Churchill!


Victor Emanuel: July 05, 2016

Dear friends, In mid-May I announced a Summer Discount for our upcoming Polar Bears of Churchill tour, October 23-28, 2016: $500 off all registrations received by July 1. You may be interested to know that we have extended the discount to September 1. The fee for this tour is $5,195 in double occupancy from Winnipeg; register by September 1 and pay $4,695. If you've ever wanted to see Polar Bears in legendary Churchill, I encourage you to take advantage of this offer now as this tour will not...

VENTflash #202


Victor Emanuel: June 16, 2016

Dear friends, Twenty years ago VENT tour leader Steve Hilty suggested we offer a tour to the Ozarks and prairie country of Missouri and Arkansas. Although I had never been to those regions, I was certainly familiar with their reputation for natural splendor. I accepted Steve's suggestion, and now, two decades later, I am proud that this tour has become a reliable component of our annual domestic tour offerings. Steve Hilty & Victor Emanuel — Photo: Bonnie Randall Althou...

VENTflash #201


Victor Emanuel: May 18, 2016

Dear friends, I'm thrilled to report that the 40th Anniversary Celebration we hosted last month in Beaumont, Texas was a huge success! This event was the biggest in our company's history, bringing together 114 participants, 17 tour leaders, several of our office staff, and an array of special guests as we proudly commemorated our fourth decade of providing birding and nature tours of the highest quality. In some ways it's hard to believe how far we've come and all that we've accomplished sinc...

VENTflash #200


Victor Emanuel: April 11, 2016

Dear friends, We are now less than a week away from the start of our 40th Anniversary Celebration. This afternoon I will be heading to East Texas for pre-event scouting and to check on the progress of spring migration on the Upper Coast. Before I leave, I want to share with you the exciting news of a brand new discount opportunity on our upcoming Galapagos Islands Cruise. In this issue: BRAND NEW GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE OPPORTUNITY: $1,500 DISCOUNT & FREE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL!VENT T...

VENTflash #199


Victor Emanuel: March 17, 2016

Dear friends, The last month has seen me on the road a lot, with a trip to the Eastern Caribbean being the centerpiece of my recent travels. VENT Staff: Barry, John, Greg, Peter, Victor, and David — Photo: Cruise Participant Mike Babcock In the middle of February VENT operated a birding and natural history cruise to the Lesser Antilles aboard the Sea Cloud. This trip has become a staple of our cruise offerings, operating on an every-other-year basis. Once again, we had...

VENTflash #198


Victor Emanuel: February 02, 2016

Dear friends, The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida has become one of our favorite events. For many years, each January, VENT leaders Michael O'Brien and Louise Zemaitis have attended the festival on behalf of VENT, staffing our exhibitor booth, leading field trips, and delivering classroom seminars. In most years, Barry Lyon and I have joined them as VENT representatives. Space Coast Festival, '16 with Victor Emanuel, Louise Zemaitis, and Barry Lyon ...

VENTflash #197


Victor Emanuel: January 12, 2016

Dear friends, Although our sights are set fully on the year ahead, I want to share with you the events of an amazing day which occurred toward the end of last year, on December 20, 2015, a day on which I participated in the 59th annual Freeport Christmas Bird Count on the Texas coast. Joining me were friends and birding associates Cullen Hanks and Barry Lyon. Some of the many special qualities of participating in the same Christmas Bird Count year after year are the memories that we make. Sin...

VENTflash #196: Another Amazon River Cruise Opportunity


Victor Emanuel: January 06, 2016

Dear friends, Our second Amazon River Cruise of 2016, February 18-28, will depart in a little over a month. Since the start of the new year, we have received notice of cancellation by two couples who had been registered on this trip. Because cancellation penalties were incurred, we are able to offer these newly available cabins at a discount of $2,000 per person in double occupancy. The published fee is $6,495 in double occupancy; with the discount, the fee is $4,495 in double occupancy....

VENTflash #195


Victor Emanuel: December 15, 2015

Dear friends, In the spirit of the holiday season, we are offering a wonderful opportunity to give the gift of birds and nature! Once again, we are holding a Holiday Sale featuring discounts on a selection of upcoming VENT departures. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than by treating yourself, a friend, or a family member to a VENT tour! I hope you will take advantage of these special holiday offerings. In this issue: 2015 HOLIDAY SALEOTHER SPECIAL OFFERSHOLIDAY GIFT S...

VENTflash #194: Amazon River Cruise Opportunity


Victor Emanuel: December 01, 2015

Dear friends, With our first Amazon River Cruise of 2016, January 21-31, set to depart in less than two months, I thought you might like to know about a terrific opportunity to join this trip at a significant discount. This week, we received notice of cancellation by a couple who had been registered on this trip. Since they were assessed cancellation penalties, we can offer their cabin at a discount of $2,000 per person in double occupancy. The published fee for this cabin is $6,495 in d...

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