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2021 North America

Venture to North Dakota

June 20-28, 2021 Narrative and Photos by Clifton Avery Our weeklong tour in North Dakota focused on birding in the central ‘Prairies and Potholes’ region all the way west to where the landscape dramatically shifts to the Badlands. Baird’s Sparrow, Sprague’s Pipit, Piping Plover, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Long-billed Curlew were a few of the target […]

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2021 Events

Birdwatcher’s Digest Reader Rendezvous in Asheville

This past April we were so thrilled to host our first Reader Rendezvous for Bird Watcher’s Digest! This 5-day tour was supposed to happen in 2020, but I think you can guess what happened. The tour began Thursday, April 22nd and concluded on Monday, April 26th. The group consisted of 13 participants, Wendy Clark and […]

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Clifton and Banks in Cartagena, Colombia
2020 Guide Personal Travel South America

Birding Colombia with the Family

Clifton Avery shares his family trip to Colombia The final 2 months of 2019 I traveled with my partner and son to Colombia to explore the incredible diversity of ecosystems and cultures.  I had previously worked on a bird project in Colombia for 4 months in 2015 and then returned in 2018 for a bird […]

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2020 Europe Guide Personal Travel

The Rapid Trip North

Traveling across Europe in lock-down: March 2020 Simon Thompson Sometimes what starts out calmly and enjoyable finishes in a crazy insane rush. This is what happened when I took my mother on what was planned to be a quiet and leisurely road trip from her home in the east of England, down through eastern France, […]

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2020 North America

Venture to Northern Minnesota

Owls & Winter Finches Kevin Burke February 2020 The weather from the Twin Cities to Sax-Zim Bog was mild, for Minnesota in the winter, and very pleasant.  It was an interesting year in the bog with the booming cone crop keeping some of the regular winter finches too far north for us to see.  There […]

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2020 Events Festivals North America

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

January 22 – 27, 2020 Every year we send a few of our guides to the Space Coast Birding Festival, in Titusville Florida. In it’s 23rd year, this is one of the largest birding festivals in the US with tour companies from around the world. Titusville is close to Cape Canaveral National Seashore, Merritt Island […]

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2019 Central America

Venture to the Guatemalan Highlands

Nov 30-Dec 7, 2019 With Aaron Steed Our quick, week-long Guatemalan getaway was focused on birding the foothills and highlands, from the slopes of the Volcano Atitlán to the beautiful city of Antigua, for an assortment of range-restricted species and regional endemics. The excellent Los Andes Nature Reserve was our first destination and an early […]

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2019 South America

Venture to Southeast Brazil

Regua Lodge and excursions, Rio do Janeiro, Brazil November 22-30, 2019 To many people, Brazil evokes beaches, bronzed bodies and lively entertainment, while to others it’s a land of vast rainforests, unique birds and critically-endangered ecosystems. It’s a huge country and on this trip we were only going to see a small part of the […]

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2019 North America

Louisiana

Some of us drove and some took a plane, but we all ended up at the hotel in Iowa (“Eye-oh-way”), Louisiana at the correct time! Thank goodness for cell phones, so we could at least keep track of each other on our cross-country perambulations! Our “Beat the Crowds” rail trip that first afternoon was postponed […]

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2019 Day Trips

Venture to Ridge Junction

Tuesday Oct 1, 2019 With Clifton Avery & Aaron Steed The morning began before first light at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  As our group drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway the conversation in the car held an exciting tone as we speculated what birds might be flying over the high passes of the […]

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