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· 1 hour 5 minutes

Central Asia: Birding the Silk Road

Thu, Feb 2, 2023 · 1:00 PM · Central Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

VENT’s Central Asia: Birding the Silk Road tour promises vast and unspoilt landscapes of steppe, desert, and mountains. A whole suite of birds found nowhere else combined with the most exquisitely ornate and exotic historical sites of the Silk Road make for a spectacular combination. Uzbekistan is a rich region of ancient cities and cultures based along the Great Silk Route to China, the crossroads between east and west. Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Attila the Hun all passed through, fought, or lived here. Kazakhstan, a huge country with a tiny population, has an array of birds never previously offered on a VENT tour, and difficult or impossible to find elsewhere. Join Machiel Valkenburg to learn more about this exciting journey into the heart of Central Asia.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Ben Reynolds
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
Webinar hosting presenter
Machiel Valkenburg was born in 1982 in a southern province in the Netherlands where, encouraged by his parents, he began birding at an early age. During his teens he studied landscape ecology and began performing bird surveys with the Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology. During this period, he started traveling outside of Holland, first to Greece, Hungary, Romania, Scotland, and Morocco. Later, his birding travels took him extensively outside of Europe into Western Africa and further east to Russia and Kazakhstan. The nature and birds of Central Asia fascinated him so much that he stayed, resulting in the founding of his own bird tour company, Rubythroat Birding Tours. He lived in Kazakhstan for over 10 years but moved back to Europe several years ago with his wife, Bonny. They now reside in Valencia on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

From Central Asia he ventured further, with Southeast Asia and India becoming favorite destinations. Machiel has developed an expertise in the natural history of Asia. Along with birds, a good part of his attention is also given to butterflies, dragonflies, and mammals. Machiel speaks four languages, has good people and logistical skills, and is a natural-born bird guide. He loves to explore new destinations and show birds to his fellow birders. He has a keen eye and an excellent ear for bird sounds. Machiel is noted for his calm and respectful social approach, providing a good atmosphere during time in the field.
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VENT offers an exciting array of tours and destinations. Webinars will feature an array of other tours and will grow to encompass a wealth of birding and natural history related topics, all from an educational, instructional, or informational standpoint.
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