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If you’re an old hand, we hope our program is of interest.  If you’re new to birding tours, you might find our essay “Choosing a Birding Tour” helpful.

What's New

Panama: Bocas del Toro and the Western Highlands, Nov 17-26, 2017, with Gavin Bieber -- The many mangrove-fringed islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago have long attracted those with a... (more)

Peru: Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road, Sep 10-21, 2017, with Rich Hoyer -- The awe-inspiring Incan ruins of Machu Picchu need no introduction, and any birding trip to this region... (more)

The Solomon Islands, Oct 9-25, 2017, with Phil Gregory and David Fisher -- The Solomon Islands archipelago stretches from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, in a southeasterly arc... (more)

Guatemala, Apr 6-15, 2018, with Luke Seitz -- Just a three-hour flight from the US, the highlands of Guatemala’s Pacific slope are famous worldwide... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


South Africa 2017 pricing reduced!: Our ever-popular tour to South Africa has had a price reduction... (more)

Two recent books from Susan Myers: Susan Myers has two new publications, a revision of her Birds of... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

Seabird Cruise: San Fran to SE Alaska with Paul Lehman – A relaxing West Coast cruise with many exciting species such as Laysan Albatross, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, and perhaps a rarity or three. May 8 - 18.

Hungary Photographic Tour with Stu Elsom - A photographic land of castles, mountains and grasslands, Hungary hosts many sought-after species, including Great Bustard, Eastern Imperial Eagle and Ural Owl. One space remains. May 31 - June 10.

Maryland and West Virginia with Jon Dunn - More than 25 species of warbler at the height of breeding season, plus Civil War history and the scenic Appalachian Mountains. June 18 - 25.

Costa Rica in July with Rich Hoyer - This midsummer tour explores the super diverse Caribbean Slope and the Cerro de La Muerte highlands, rich in regional endemics and the fabled Resplendent Quetzal. July 23 - August 3.

Full list of confirmed tours with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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The displays of Greater Prairie-Chicken are marvelous to behold and they’re all around us at times on Colorado: Lekking Grouse. Chris Wood’s summary of this visually stunning tour can be read here.

Photo: Chris Wood

From the Field

April 19: Rich Hoyer on his and Luke Seitz's recently completed tour, Costa Rica

No one could be blamed for choosing Resplendent Quetzal as their favorite bird on the Costa Rica in... (more)

April 14: Will Russell on WINGS' first Cuba tour

The first WINGS Cuba tour under Jon Dunn’s leadership was birdy and fascinating.  We saw... (more)

April 11: Gavin Bieber on his recently completed tour, Puerto Rico

This gem of a Caribbean island, known for its excellent weather (which was wonderfully cool this year),... (more)

April 11: Jake Mohlmann on his recently-completed tour, Nebraska: The Sandhills and the Platte River

Signs of an early spring were apparent as we covered just under 1,000 miles of Nebraska’s (mostly)... (more)

April 11: Steve Howell on his recently completed tour, Mexico: Oaxaca and Western Chiapas

The biogeography of this region is complex, with much still to learn, as we found out. Species ranged... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Stephen Menzie

Image of Stephen Menzie

Like many of our leaders, Stephen Menzie's interest in birds goes as far back as he can remember. His earliest avian memories are House Sparrows and tits on the feeder that his parents erected outside the living patio window... (more)

Featured Tour

Cape May, New Jersey: the Glory of October

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There is no better place to see the fall migration of birds in eastern North America than Cape May.  A remarkable number of species are found here with a regularity and in numbers that are simply astonishing when compared with nearly any other location.  This late autumn tour is timed to visit the wondrous peninsula after the majority of... (more)

AZ Birding

Coming to southeastern Arizona and want guiding help for just a day or two? Find an excellent guide at AZ-Birding.



The following tour bird lists and narratives have been posted recently to the WINGS website.