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Victor Emanuel speaks about Birdwatching in Texas

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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

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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

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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

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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! 


Harpy Eagle Chicks in Alta Floresta, Brazil!

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Andrew Whittaker: March 16, 2009

We have just received word from Andrew Whittaker that the Harpy Eagle nest in the forest fragment beside the Alta Floresta hotel in Brazil now contains two 1-month-old chicks! The same huge nest in this rich woodlot (with abundant primates) successfully reared young several years ago, which were seen by participants on our 2005 tour (see photo). With a 5 to 6-month fledging period, the chicks will certainly still be in the nest during our June 29-July 9, 2009 Alta Floresta's Cristalino Ju...


White-throated Robin, Social Flycatcher, and Golden-crowned Warbler spotted in Texas

February 10, 2005

Every time I return from a trip I hear about another rare bird that has turned up in South Texas. This time it's the White-throated Robin, which has turned up at two locations, the Social Flycatcher, and the Golden-crowned Warbler. The Social Flycatcher, which has been photographed, represents a first documented U.S. record for this species. These rare species join a stellar lineup that includes the Green-breasted Mango (hummingbird), Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Crimson-collared Grosbeaks,...


Bird Art Gallery opens in Galveston

January 05, 2005

An art gallery specializing in bird art has opened in Galveston, Texas. The Good Tern is located at 1513 Tremont (23rd Street). Their phone number is 409/765-8376 or 866/562-8376. The work of Margie Crisp will be exhibited Saturday, March 5, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. There is no admission fee. The artist will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.