RICK WRIGHT leads "Birds and Art" tours in Europe and the Americas for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. A native of southeast Nebraska, he studied French, German, philosophy, and life sciences at the University of Nebraska. After a detour to Harvard Law School, Rick took the M.A. and Ph.D. in German at Princeton University. His years as an academic included appointments as assistant professor of German at the University of Illinois, reader/scholar at Princeton University's Index of Christian Art, and associate professor of medieval studies at Fordham University. Rick lives with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert, in Bloomfield, New Jersey.