January 1, 2016 New York, USA. Nature Travel Network (NTN) recently launched a new platform for its international travel website at http://www.naturetravelnetwork.com. Completely re-designed from the ground up, the new website (NTN 2.0) invites visitors to browse through its network of featured destinations in order to dream, plan and explore nature travel opportunities. NTN features… Read more

What is the BEST Field Guide for Each Country?

Birder with Field Guide, by Laura Kammermeier

The guides at Birding Ecotours have put together a list of top field guides for countries on every continent. This list is a great place to start your bird research in advance of your next trip.

The endemic Jamaican Tody, at the Goblin Hill Villas, Portland, Jamaica. Photo by Steve Shunk

You awake to the drumming of Jamaican Woodpeckers, performing in the snag outside your window. Gray Kingbirds and White-chinned Thrushes call from the woodland edges just a few meters away. You saunter to your deck and pause for several minutes with your arms on the railing, bathing in the tropical breeze, as you stare across… Read more

Birders Discover African Grail Bird:The Congo Peafowl

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A hundred years ago the Con(though it was known to the Congolese as a source of food and ceremonial headdress). About 80 years ago, the bird was first described in the ornithological record, but that description did not come from an actual sighting, it came from two mislabeled specimens that American ornithologist James Chapin had… Read more

My Birthday in the Caribbean

Cappuccino on Saba

Two weeks ago, Steve landed in a “Caribbean snowstorm” at Princess Juliana International Airport on the Antillean island of St. Martin. This kicked off an island-hopping adventure in the northern Dutch Caribbean that culminated on his 49th birthday.

Violet Dropwing courtesy of David Chandler

Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, covering over 16,000 square miles (over 41,000 square kilometres). Its wildlife fame is rooted in its avifauna – which includes plenty of Old World vultures, Iberian Imperial Eagles,Golden, Booted, Bonelli’s and Short-toed Eagles and other birds of prey, including bustards and sandgrouse. Most wildlife tourists come for the birds but there are other winged things to draw them in – butterflies of course, as well as the objects of my particular passion, dragonflies and damselflies.

<em>I headed for Jamaica this summer to speak at the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean, the leading conservation group in the Caribbean region. The meeting was phenomenal, with representatives from over 30 islands networking and sharing their science, conservation, and education projects. <a href=”http://www.birdscaribbean.org/tag/birdscarib2015/” target=”_blank”>#BirdsCarib2015</a></em> <a title=”Jamaica Kingston Red-billed Streamertail Steve Shunk” href=”http://naturetravelnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/BBSTknutsford_P1390892.jpg”><img class=”wp-image-6659 size-large”… Read more

Steve Shunk, our associate editor, is headed to the Caribbean in a few days. Birding may not be the first thing people think of when planning a trip to the Caribbean, but Steve thinks these tropical islands give many reasons to change that perception. Steve will be attending the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean, which is… Read more

The Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus is a large bird of prey from Africa, a member of the “Snake Eagle” group. These awesome raptors specialize in reptiles and specifically snakes, which they catch while slowly patrolling the African savannahs. Adult Bateleurs are brightly patterned in black, white and red and are one of the most beautiful raptors… Read more

Nineteen Awesome Travel Complaints

People….please tell me you are not THIS kind of traveler. In fact, if you are reading this, you don’t even have to tell me. You are not this kind of traveler. Because a true nature traveler is by all means intelligent, adaptable, accommodating of weather, insects, and other people. A nature traveler doesn’t require 800-thread… Read more

The ZEISS Victory SFs are a superb binocular made especially for bird watching and nature observation. One clever feature makes them a joy to hold in the hand.

Summer Birding: Five Great National Wildlife Refuge Destinations

Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island NWR by Jonathan Milak

Summer slows many birders down, but it doesn’t have to! Here are five great National Wildlife Refuges for summer birding.

I am thrilled to report that the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) will hold its 40th Anniversary hawkwatching conference here in Rochester, NY, this spring. Check your calendars and please join me here this April 25-27th! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!

How many people can say they saw Kirtland’s Warbler on their very first birding trip? Well I can.

Eight Great Moments in Tyrol, Austria

Travel is not about searching and obtaining, but about observing and sharing. By that measure, my journey to Tyrol was an outrageous, soul-satisfying success.

The man who discovered the Omani Owl sits down with us to share his first-hand account of how he discovered this rare, quiet, and elusive bird.

Blackburnian Warbler (© Mike Watson)

Birder Mike Watson shares his impressions and awesome photos of wood warblers from the Midwest Birding Symposium.

The Legendary Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Coming Soon!

Altamira Oriole (© Richard Crossley)

This year, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival celebrates its 20th year, and takes place in Harlingen, Texas from November 6 – 10th. “You REALLY ought to get the Rio Grande Valley Birding festival, Laura,” said a friend of mine years ago. “It’s one of the biggest festivals of the year, it attracts great people… Read more

Sacred Bluff: I Came as a Tourist, I Left as a Traveler

Some say Legend Rock State Petroglyph site is a portal to the underworld. Some say this is a sacred spiritual totem, the ultimate stop on a personal vision quest.

Now in its 25th year, the British Birdfair takes place at Rutland Water Nature Reserve and is the world’s largest gathering of birdwatchers on the planet.

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