Trip Reports

 

Read all about a past Venture by clicking on a trip report of your choice below. Reading trip reports is a great way to know what to expect for when you are on a typical Venture. We have listed the most recent trips first and organized them by type - Day Trips, North America and International. Enjoy!

 

Day Trips 2017

 

 

 

Redhead by Kevin Burke

Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska
February 5, 2017

 

 

International 2016

 

 

 

Red Bird of Paradise, Waigeo Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Papua and Waigeo Island,
Raja Ampat, Indonesia Post-Trip
December 27, 2015 – January 6, 2016

 

 

North America 2016

 

 

Snowy Owl in Superior, WI

Northern Minnesota Venture

February 14-19, 2016

 

Yellow-headed Blackbird by Carlos Sanchez

Northern Minnesota and North Dakota:
June 17 – 26, 2016

 

Day Trips 2016

 

 

Ring-necked Ducks by Todd Arcos

Duck ID Day

January 10, 2016

Great Blue Heron by Alan Lenk

Open Country Birding
March 6, 2016

Black-throated Green Warbler by Simon Thompson

Early Spring Birding
March 30, 2016

 

Red-spotted Newts in amplexus, the female is being “strangled” by the male’s hind limbs. Photo by John Ruhl, Jr.

Salamanders & Birds Tour
April 2, 2016

Blue-headed Vireo by Virginia Senechal

Polk County Explorer

April 5, 2016

Kentucky Warbler by Simon Thompson

Birding the Green River Gamelands
April 17, 2016

 

 

Golden-winged Warbler by Cathy Adair

Little Yellow Mountain Natural Area
Avery County, NC
May 14, 2016

Chestnut-sided Warbler (m)

Birding the Balsams
June 15, 2016

Great Spangled Fritillary

Wildflowers and Butterflies

July 20, 2016

 

 

Kirtland's Warbler

Ridge Junction Overlook
September 28, 2016

 

 

 

 

International 2015

 

 

Barred Puffbird Panama by Simon Thompson

North Eastern India
January 4 - 13, 2015

Purple Honeycreeper (male)

Trinidad & Tobago
December 7 - 16, 2015

Indigo Flycatcher, Gede Pangrano NP, Java

Pre-trip to Western Java, Indonesia

December 9 - 12, 2015

 

 

Ochre-bellied Boobook, Tangkoko NP, North Sulawesi

Sulawesi, Indonesia

December 14 - 21, 2015

 

Wallace's Standardwing, Halmahera, Indonesia

Halmahera, Indonesia

December 21 - 26, 2015

 

 

North America 2015

 

Sandhill Cranes (pair)

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hiawassee, Brainerd Levee,

Chickamauga Dam, & TN Aquarium
January 30 – February 1, 2015

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Minnesota
February 16 - 20, 2015

A feeder of Rosy-finches

Colorado
April 3-12, 2015

Caspian Terns

Dauphin Island

April 15 - 20, 2015

 

 

Orca Seward, AK by John Hanna

Alaska

May 30 – June 15, 2015

 

Puffin

Maine

July 9 – 19, 2015

 

Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk at Big Bald Banding Station, by Alan Lenk

‘Warblers, Raptors & Saw-whet Owls,’
Big Bald Banding Station, Mars Hill, NC
October 14, 2015

Clay-colored Sparrow by Mimi Anderson

Yellow Rails & Rice Festival Venture
Jennings, Louisiana
Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2015


 

Day Trips 2015

 

Clapper Rail

 

Huntington Beach State Park

January 7, 2015

 

Mandarin-Duck by Simon Thompson

 

Duck ID Day
Henderson, Buncombe &
Transylvania Counties
, NC
January 25, 2015

Greater White-fronted Goose; by Alan Lenk

 

Sparrows & Ducks

Mills River, NC

February 8, 2015

Gadwall

Open Country Birding

March 8, 2015

 

 

Swallow-tailed Kite by Jane Holt

Francis Marion National Forest SC
April 12, 2015

Wood Thrush Stecoah Gap, by Simon Thompson

Stecoah Gap
April 26, 2015

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Spring Warbler Workshop

May 6, 2015

Baltimore Oriole

Valle Crucis Community Park

May 9, 2015

 

 

Indigo Bunting

 

Chimney Rock State Park

May 10, 2015

Gray Catbird

 

Grandfather Mountain

May 16, 2015

Black-billed Cuckoo

 

Hampton Creek Preserve, Tennessee

May 20, 2015

 

Golden-winged Warbler

 

Little Yellow Mountain Natural Area
June 6, 2015

Aphrodite Fritillary

Wildflowers & Butterflies

July 23, 2015

 

Blue Grosbeak by Simon Thompson

Hooper Lane, Mills River Park,
Henderson County, NC & Mt. Mitchell
August 16, 2015

 

 

 

Baltimore Oriole (m) by Simon Thompson

Morganton Greenway
September 5, 2015

 

 

 

Birders at Ridge Junction Overlook

Ridge Junction Overlook
September 6, 2015

 

 

Pectoral Sandpiper by Todd Arcosk

Rankin Bottoms and Dutch Bottoms, TN
September 13, 2015


American Redstart by Simon Thompson

Fall Warbler Workshop
Jackson Park, NC
September 16, 2015

Black-throated Green Warbler by Alan Lenk

The Orchard at Altapass

September 19, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Trips 2014

 

Green-winged Teal by Simon Thompson

"Duck Day"
Henderson & Buncombe Counties, NC
January 19, 2014

 Long-tailed Duck, Biltmore Forest by Becky Cook

Ducks & Sparrows
Mills River, NC
February 12, 2014

 

 Loggerhead Shrike

Open Country Birding

March 8, 2014

Slimy Salamander by David Abernethy

Salamander & Birds

Pink Beds

April 5,2014

Red-Tailed Hawk

Tryon & Polk County Explorer

April 9, 2014

Prairie Warbler by Todd Arcos

 

Spring Warbler Workshop
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary
Asheville, NC

April 23, 2014

Chestnut-sided Warbler by Simon Thompson

Venture to Stecoah Gap 2
Graham County, NC
May 2, 2014

Yellow-throated Warbler by Todd Arcos

Bird Songs Workshop

May 7, 2014

 

Blue Ridge Parkway South
June 4th, 2014

 

Pearl Crescent

Wildflowers and Butterflies

July 17, 2014

Short-billed Dowitcher

Shorebirds and more!
Henderson and Buncombe Counties, NC
August 24, 2014

Mixed Shorebird Flock. Photo by Todd Arcos

Shorebirds & More II
Rankin Bottoms WMA, Tennessee
September 10, 2014

Scarlet Tanager by Todd Arcos

Pumpkintown Area, SC
September 17, 2014

 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo being banded! Photo by Tom Bush

Warblers, Raptors & Saw-whet Owls I
Big Bald Banding Station, Mars Hill, NC
September 22, 2014

Swamp Sparrow. Photo by Todd Arcos

Wonderful World of Sparrows
Kituwah Farms, Bryson City, NC
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vesper Sparrow by Todd Arcos

Late Autumn Birding
Mills River, NC
November 8, 2014

 

Ross’s Goose. by Becky Cook

‘Duck ID Day
Henderson, Buncombe &
Transylvania Counties, NC

December 7, 2014

 

North America 2014

 

Sandhill Cranes by Art Meyer

 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hiawassee, Brainerd Levee,

Chickamauga Dam, & TN Aquarium
January 31 – February 2, 2014

Kirtland’s Warbler

 

Venture to Michigan

June 8-15, 2014

 

International 2014

 

 

Honduran Emerald by Simon Thompson

Pico Bonito Lodge, Honduras

February 15 – 22, 2014

Barred Puffbird Panama by Simon Thompson

Pre-trip to Canopy Camp, Darien, Panama

March 1-7, 2014

White-tailed Trogon by Aaron-Steed

Canopy Tower & Canopy Lodge Panama

March 7-15, 2014

 

Toucan Barbet

West Slope of Ecuador

March 2014

Eurasian Dotterel

Scotland

June 8 – 19, 2014

Red-billed Streamertail (male)

 

Jamaica

December 14 - 20, 2014

 

International 2013

 

 

Long-tailed Widowbird, KZN, South Africa

South Africa
December 22, 2012 – January 10, 2013

Gray-Crowned Crane

 

Uganda Preview Trip

January 11-20, 2013

White-necked Jacobin by Lena Gallitano

 

Pico Bonito Lodge, Honduras
February 15 - 22, 2013

Silver-beaked Tanager -Trinidad by Simon Thompson

Trinidad and Tobago
November 16 – 25, 2013

Pied Avocet, Suffolk

East Anglia & Yorkshire, UK
May 11 - 23, 2013

Crested Hawk Eagle by Mark Welford

Southern India Exploratory
December 13-24, 2013

 

 

North America 2013

 

Barred Owl by Simon Thompson

Rio Grande Valley, TX

October 29 – November 6, 2013

 

 

Willow Ptarmigan

Grand Alaska and Pribilofs

May 25 - June 15, 2013

 

Day Trips 2013

 

 

Gadwall by Laurence Pellegrini

Duck Day
Henderson & Buncombe
Counties, NC

January 27, 2013

 

Hooded Mergansers by Todd Arcos

Ducks and Winter Birding
Henderson & Buncombe
Counties, NC

February 16, 2013

Loggerhead Shrike

Cleveland County, NC

March 9, 2013

Red-tailed Hawk by Todd Arcos

Early Spring Birding
April 6 2013

White-eyed Vireo


Polk County, NC
April 10 2013

Indigo Bunting by Todd Arcos

 

Blue Ridge - South
April 20, 2013

Scarlet Tanager by Alan Lenk

Stecoah Gap 1
April 26, 2013

Golden-winged Warbler, by Todd Arcos

Stecoah Gap 2
April 30, 2013

Northern Parula, by Todd Arcos

Spring Jackson Park
May 8, 2013

 

 

Black & White Warbler, by Todd Arcos

Spring Warbler Workshop
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary
May 15, 2013


Blackburnian Warbler, by Todd Arcos

Blue Ridge Birding
June 5, 2013

Black-throated Blue Warbler (f)by Richard Meltzer

Blue Ridge Parkway – North
August 28, 2013

Great Blue Heron by Simon Thompson

Rankin Bottoms & Douglas Lake

August 24, 2013


 

Magnolia Warbler by Virginia Senechal

Migration Workshop 1
September 11, 2013


Black-throated Blue Warbler by Todd Arcos

Ridge Junction Overlook
September 18, 2013

Black-and-White Warbler by Todd Arcos

Migration Workshop 2
September 28, 2013

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker by Todd Arcos

Migration Workshop 3
October 3, 2013

 

Murder of Crows by Steve Gantt

Grove Stone Quarry

October 13, 2013

 

Savannah Sparrow by Todd Arcos

Sparrows and Early Winter Birds
Mills River, NC

October 20, 2013

 

International 2012

 

Cerulean Warbler by Todd Arcos

 

Colombia:
Santa Marta Mountains November 2008

Bogota, La Florida, Chingaza and Cerulean Refuge
Dec - Jan 2010

 

Regent Bowerbird

 

Eastern Australia & Tasmania
November 9 - 25, 2006

African Penguins

 

South Africa
Dec 11-27, 2010

 

 

Canopy Lodge & Tower Panama

 

Ventures Birding Trip to Panama

March 15-23, 2012

 

 

 

Green Honeycreeper by Simon Thompson

 

Ventures Birding Trip to Trinidad and Tobago

November 8-18, 2004

 

North America 2012

 

Great Egret
Huntington Beach
State Park & Georgetown WWTP,
South Carolina
February 17-19, 2012

 

Mexican Jay

Southeastern Arizona
August 8 - 18 2011

 

 

 

Puffin Colony

Maine
July 11-19, 2008

Black Skimmer by Todd Arcos

Dauphin Island, Alabama
April 20 - 25, 2012

Black and White Warbler by Todd Arcos

Snowbird Lodge

April 28 - May 4, 2012

Ovenbird

Michigan

June 8 -15, 2012

Day Trips 2012

 

Redhead & American Coot


Duck Day
Henderson & Buncombe
Counties, NC

February 5, 2012

Pacolet Valley Farm


Caroland Farms, Pacolet Valley, Landrum, SC & FENCE,
Tryon, NC

March 7, 2012

 

Black-throated Green Warbler by Todd Arcos


Stecoah Gap,

Graham County, NC

April 27, 2012

Barn Swallow by Todd Arcos

FENCE, Pacolet River &
Warrior Mountain,
Polk County, NC

Wednesday, April 10 2012

Blackburnian Warbler by Todd Arcos

Stecoah Gap 2,

Graham County, NC

May 4, 2012

 

Black-throated Blue Warbler by Todd Arcos


Warbler Workshop
Blue Ridge, Asheville, NC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 

Black and White Warbler by Alan Lenk


Blue Ridge Parkway
South of Asheville, NC

Monday, June 4, 2012

Black-throated Blue Warbler by Todd Arcos


Fall Migration in Jackson Park,
Hendersonville, NC
September 4, 2012

Blue-winged Warbler by Todd Arcos

Fall Migration Jackson Park,
Hendersonville, NC

September 12, 2012

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Todd Arcos

 

Ridge Junction Overlook
Mt. Mitchell, NC
September 26, 2012

 

International 2011

 

 
Day Trips 2011

 

 

Duck Day Lake Junaluska

"Duck Day"
Henderson, Buncombe
& Haywood Counties, NC
February 6 2011

Blackburnian Warbler by Todd Arcos

Blue Ridge Parkway &
Beaver Lake Sanctuary, NC
Wednesday,
April 20, 2011

Bay-breasted Warbler by Todd Arcos

 

Fall Migration in Jackson Park Hendersonville, NC
September 21, 2011

American Redstart by Todd Arcos

 

Fall Migration in Jackson Park,

Hendersonville, NC

September 28, 2011

Marsh Wren by Todd Arcos

Venture to Hooper Lane,
Water Treatment
Plant, Old 191 & the Warbler Trail in Jackson Park,
Henderson County, NC

Sunday, October 16, 2011

 

Workshops 2011

Blackburnian Warbler by Todd Arcos

Dragonfly Workshop
Fletcher Park, NC
Saturday August 6, 2011

 

Gray Catbird by Todd Arcos

Bird Songs Workshop,
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary,
Beaverdam Knoll
& Blue Ridge,
Asheville, NC
June 12, 2011