BirdCallsRadio’s 100th Episode!
Featuring Victor Emanuel
is our fifth guest in this series called
“For The Record, Legacy Interviews”
Victor Emanuel started birding in Texas 69 years ago at the age of eight. His travels have taken him to all the continents, with his areas of concentration being Texas, Arizona, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. He is the founder and compiler for 50 years of the record-breaking Freeport Christmas Bird Count and served a term as president of the Texas Ornithological Society. Birds and natural history have been a major focus throughout his life. He derives great pleasure from seeing and hearing birds and sharing with others these avian sights and sounds, both the common ones and the more unusual ones. He initiated the first birding camps for young people and considers that one of his greatest achievements. Victor holds a B.A. in zoology and botany from the University of Texas and an M.A. in government from Harvard. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Excellence in Birding Award, given by the Houston Audubon Society in recognition of a lifetime of dedication to careful observation, education, and addition to the body of avian knowledge. In 2004, he received the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association and the Arthur A. Allen Award from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He is a past board member of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, the National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In May 2017, the University of Texas Press published his memoir, One More Warbler, A Life with Birds.
- Texas birding community Edgar Kincaid gave you a nickname.
- March of 1959 you saw a bird that you describe as the “The bird of my life!”
- In 1976. You, VENT, literally invented birding eco-touring, what was your thinking at the startup?
- You talked Roger Tory Peterson into co-leading a trip for you.
- Summer birding camps for kids.
- You saw a Horned Guan in El Triunfo, Mexico.
- Friends with the legendary Ted Parker from the early days.
- 1985 Big Day” in Texas that broke a record and recorded 235 species in one day.
- Adventures with Peter Matthiessen a valued friend.
- A quest with Peter Matthiessen to see all the species of Cranes in the world in one three week period.
- Chartered a vessel for an Attu tour.
- Your home on the Bolivar Peninsula is named “Warbler’s Roost”. Tell us about your obsession with this family of birds. What were some of the most impressive warbler fallouts that you have witnessed?
- Your autobiography, “One More Warbler, A life with Birds” has just been released.
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