"Just a note of appreciation to say thank you for the wonderful three days of Okanagan birding. Getting all those birds was very exciting; I adde several lifers along with at least 15 first of year birds. Truly a very satisfying three days. I think what I found most beautiful was the quiet, assured way in which you made sure each of us got what we wanted out of the experience. I came home with such a sense of peace and aldready, I am looking forward to another opportunity to join one of your trips."
- Fran Pattison, Kelowna, British Columbia.
"I thoroughly enjoyed our birding trip to Colombia. Avery Bartels is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable regarding Colombian birds. I appreciate and value Avery's leadership, attention to traveling details, calm, considerate approach and his sense of humour.
- Gisele D'Entremont, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"The Colombia tour was from every aspect a great birding tour with much of the credit for this going to Avery's wide-ranging knowledge and skills with both birds and people."
- Joan Harbison, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"The birding on the Ecuador tour was great. I got all my target species: Cock-of-the-Rock at a lek, Military and Chestnut-fronted Macaws (Macaws are my favorite birds), and all the hummingbirds I wanted. Got over 200 lifers, which amazed me because I`ve birded several Central and S. American countries previously. The lodges were fantastic, as was their food. And the local guides were first class."
- Val George, Victoria, British Columbia.
"Haida Gwaii was a great trip. You (Chris Charlesworth) have a terrific knowledge of birds and I became completely comfortable knowing that if the bird was there you would see it or find it. A wonderful skill"
- Susanne Scholz, Clear Lake, California.
"Enjoyed the entire Haida Gwaii experience. I am awed by your ability to pick out birds. I like your pace too."
- Brian Stephens, Edmonton, Alberta
"Norma and I had a terrific time in the Okanagan Valley and Chris was the ideal imiable, knowledgeable, low key guide. We could not have asked for a nicer experience, except if we were in the area in the spring.
- Paul & Norma Herd, Atlanta, Georgia.
"I just wanted to thank you for your expertise and the quick time it only took you to find a number of target birds during my trip in the Okanagan Valley in early July. I had a great time and I am now really keen to return there during the Winter and go after the winter target birds."
- Alan Gutsell, Houston, Texas.
"Just letting you know I had a great day tour with Michael Force. He did a terrific job with logistics, bird-finding and companionability, all rate excellent!"
- Bev McBride, Ottawa, Ontario
"A big thank-you to Chris and Avocet Tours (Peru 2011) for making my initiation to birding, other than my backyard, a truly enjoyable adventure. His "spot on" organization of transportation, itinerary, hotels, meals/picnics and great fellow travellers made it very easy to enjoy the wonderful scenery, birds, flowers and people of N. Peru. Eduardo our guide was the best. His knowledge and persistence enabled us to see so many birds."
- Cathy Sweet, Prince George, BC
"The 3 best things about the 3 Avocet trips I've been on are the leaders (their knowledge, their great personalities, their planning & organization), the other participants and of course the birds.
And they're Canadian! "
- Wendy King, Calgary, AB.
"Having spent many years on and off birding it is easy to recognise someone with real passion and expertise and Jeremiah has both. His aural skills and ability to imitate calls are terrific. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a guide. It is an indulgence to have a guide for a day but considering the time taken to stake out sites and the whole days entertainment it was great value."
- Ian Williams, New Zealand.
"I must add my applause for a lovely birding trip; great guides, friendly company, a good bird list. Commendations to Russell Cannings and Chris Siddle for their ability to find those elusive birds and keep us entertained. "
- Patricia Mitchell, Calgary, AB.
Maura and I considered the Pelee tour a huge success not just because of adding 63 species to our list, but also seeing up close what having expert birding skills means. Your leaders, Russell and Chris, impressed us no end time and time again with their knowledge. We eleven participants also turned out to be very compatible so nothing was there to detract from our purpose of seeing and enjoying the birds and their songs
- Roger Ward, North Vancouver, BC.
"Chris was an incredible tour guide! I was completely amazed as to how Chris was able to call in various song birds and owls, including the Boreal Owl. Chris' vast knowledge of the area and birds allows beginning to advance birders feel comfortable and that they are getting their money's worth. I was also glad to see that Chris is able to respect the habitat and birds by not overdoing particular areas with "calling" and tours. I would definitely go on another tour Chris has to offer!"
- Joel Herr & Brooke Vermeer, Alamo, California.
"I was very impressed by your knowledge of not only the species we were persuing, but on birding matters in general. You have accumulated considerable knowledge, not only on the birding of the Okanagan Valley, but, obviously, on the other areas you lead tours into. It is quite a sight to witness your birding vocalizations that seem to 'bring the birds in.' I look forward to future birding adventures with you."
- Thor Manson, Hope, BC.
"Your thorough knowledge and experience with all the places to visit, and where each species would be found was invaluable. Your extra effort to track down the lifers was sincerely appreciated by all of us in the group."
- Trevor Forder