VENT's 4Oth Anniversary Celebration: Apr 17—22, 2016
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Derek MuschalekDerek Muschalek grew up in suburban Houston where he spent his early years observing Neotrop...
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Roseate Spoonbill— Photo: Erik Bruhnke
An anniversary celebration of VENT’s 40 years in business; seventeen VENT leaders, four days of field trips, evening programs, and renowned guest speakers highlight this commemorative event.
In 2016, VENT will turn 40! It has been a tremendous four decades in business, thanks to a superb office staff, many of the world’s most highly skilled tour leaders, and the support of wonderful and loyal clients. From our modest beginnings 40 years ago, VENT has been unwavering in its values: dedication to providing our travelers with the highest quality experiences in nature, taking care of our employees, and supporting conservation. It is for these reasons that VENT is widely regarded as the world’s finest bird tour company, a distinction of which we are immensely proud.
To celebrate our anniversary, we are planning a big event in our home state of Texas, where it all began in 1976. The site we have chosen for this historic occasion is one of America’s greatest birding areas: the Upper Texas Coast. Throughout the month of April, few other regions in the country offer such splendid birding opportunities combined with easy accessibility to a diversity of locations. Our celebration will be based at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont. We will have four fun-filled days to explore the varied regions of the Upper Coast in search of Neotropical migrants and breeding resident species at the most dynamic time of the year.
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration is also a social event in which participants are treated to cocktail hours, dinners, and presentations by distinguished speakers. There will be numerous opportunities to interact with VENT tour leaders, special guests, and other celebration participants.
In commemoration of the event, we have assembled an all-star team of tour leaders, bird and wildlife artists, nature writers, and guest speakers including Victor Emanuel, Dr. John Fitzpatrick of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Kenn Kaufman, Pete Dunne, Denver Holt, Barry Lyon, David Wolf, Steve Hilty, Barry Zimmer, Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, Bob Sundstrom, Jeri Langham, Brian Gibbons, David Ascanio, Andrew Whittaker, Erik Bruhnke, Rafael Galvez, Mimi Wolf, and Derek Muschalek. A number of staff members from the VENT office will be in attendance as well.
This anniversary celebration is a major milestone for VENT, marking 40 years of worldwide nature tours and conservation. It is guaranteed to be an exciting and successful event. Join us in Beaumont next April and make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and help us celebrate our 40th birthday!
All nights at MCM Eleganté Hotel; daily field trips with different leaders; warm weather expected with thunderstorms possible; light physical demands.