Ventures Tours


'We offer an increasing number of tours annually throughout the USA and worldwide, ranging from laid-back, relaxed birding trips that include a healthy dose of cultural and/or historical attractions to more comprehensive birding adventures fit for the more intrepid travelers'


The Yellow Rail very rarely poses for photographs! 
Photo by J. Petranka

“Rice and Rails” Festival
Jennings, Louisiana
October 29 – November 3, 2019

Leader: Ashley Peele


Peru: Amazon Cruise

Peru: Amazon Cruise
Exploring the Amazon, Ucayali,
& Marañon Rivers
November 8-17, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

* Trip is Full Waiting List Only *

Red-necked Tanager by Ventures Birding Tours

Southeast Brazil Regua Lodge, Rio de Janeiro
Critically Endangered Rainforest
November 22-30, 2019

Leaders: Simon Thompson & Mark Welford

Maroon-bellied Parakeet

Southeast Brazil Regua Lodge, Rio de Janeiro
Critically Endangered Rainforest II
November 27 – December 4, 2019

Leaders: Simon Thompson


The marvelous Resplendent Quetzal is one of the many avian jewels seen on our Guatemala Venture. Photo by Larry Pellegrini

Guatemalan Highlands:
Quetzals, Guans, & Hummingbirds
November 30 - December 7, 2019
With Optional Extension To:
Tikal National Park
December 7 – 10, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

The beautiful Santa Marta Parakeet, one of the endemic targets of this tour. Photo by Luis Urueña

Northern Colombia Endemics:
Atlantic Coast, Santa Marta,
& the Perija Mountains
December 7-18, 2019

Leader: Clifton Avery

James’s Flamingo by © Seriema Nature Tours

Venture to Central and NW Argentina
“Rheas, Condors and Flamingos”
Dec 27, 2019 – Jan 9, 2020

Leader: Simon Thompson


Common Goldeneye by Doug Johnston

Virginia’s Eastern Shore & Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
January 10-14, 2020

Leader: Kevin Burke

A Semiplumbeous Hawk observes our group from above.

Panama: Canopy Camp
‘World Class Birding in the Darien’
January 24-31, 2020

Leader: Aaron Steed





A majestic Great Gray Owl - seen on last year's trip! Photo by participant Alan Lenk

‘Owls & Winter Finches’
Venture to Northern Minnesota
February 2-7, 2020

Leader: Kevin Burke







Black-chested Mountain-Tanager by Simon Thompson

Ecuador’s Fabulous Hummingbirds
February 5-15, 2020

This tour may easily be taken in conjunction

with our Sani Lodge on the Rio Napo, Ecuador trip:
February 15-23, 2020

Leader: Simon Thompson

& Local Guide



A typical flock of Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Refuge. Photo by Simon Thompson

‘Cranes Galore & More’
Hiwassee Refuge & Chattanooga, TN
February 14-16, 2020

Leader: Kevin Burke







Hoatzin by Ventures Birding Tours

Hoatzins and Giant Otters
Sani Lodge on the Rio Napo, Ecuador
February 15-23, 2020

This tour may easily be taken in conjunction

with our regular Hummingbirds of Ecuador trip:
February 5-15, 2020

Leader: Simon Thompson

& Local Guide



Medieval town of Alquezar at dusk

Venture to the Plains, Pyrenees,
& Ebro Delta of Northeast Spain
Lammergeiers, Wallcreepers,& Dupont’s Lark
March 1-8, 2020

Leader: Aaron Steed








Ferruginous Hawk in flight. Photo by Larry Umthum

Platte River, Nebraska
‘Birding the Great Plains’
March 14-21, 2020

Leader: Michael Plauché


Greater Sage-Grouse by Simon Thompson

Grouse of Colorado
April 3 - 12, 2020

Leader: Michael Plauché

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Longleaf Pine Savannah of the Carolina Sandhills
April 24-26, 2020

Leader: Michael Plauché


Satyr Tragopan

"Birds & Culture in the
Land of the Thunder Dragon"
April 26-May 10, 2020

Leader: Aaron Steed



The fantastic Eurasian Hoopoe is just one of the many birds we should see on our Italy tour.

Italy’s Parma and Po Delta Regions
May 7 – May 18, 2020

Leader: Keith Watson




Demoiselle Cranes by John Donelson

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Steppes, Mountains, Deserts
and Ancient Cities
May 17- June 7, 2020

Leader: Simon Thompson


Kirtland's Warbler (m) - Michigan by Larry Pellegrini

Michigan Kirtland’s Warblers &
The Upper Peninsula
May 29 – June 7, 2020

Leader: Keith Watson



Mount Tindaya, Fuerteventura © Derrick Dunbar -

Venture to Spain’s Canary Islands
Endemics, Volcanoes, & Stargazing
June 23-29, 2020

Leader: Aaron Steed