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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

Sweden: Fall Migration at Falsterbo, Sep 5-13, 2016, with Evan Obercian -- The Scandinavian Peninsula is a vast region rich in birdlife.  Every autumn, countless millions... added May 2016 (more)

Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera, Oct 16 - Nov 5 2016, with Susan Myers -- The Indonesian province of Sulawesi, formerly known as the Celebes, is the large, rather odd-shaped... added June 2014 (more)

Australia: Victoria and Tasmania, Sep 22 - Oct 9 2016, with Gavin Bieber -- Our new southeastern tour passes through a wide variety of habitats and climates. The Victoria countryside... added May 2015 (more)

Brazil: Minas Gerais, Oct 19-28, 2017, with Fabrice Schmitt -- The state of Minas Gerais in the heart of Brazil’s cerrado biome offers wonderful birding and... added October 2015 (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

New Borneo Departure: We've added a new Borneo departure, May 11-25, 2017, in anticipation... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

The multi-colored Toucan Barbet is a spectacular feature of Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes.  An account of our most recent tour to the Andean riches of Ecuador is here.

Photo: Jon Feenstra



From the Field

May 4: Gavin Bieber and Evan Obercian on their just-completed tour Florida: The South, the Keys and the Dry Tortugas

We just wrapped up a fun week exploring from Fort Myers to Key West.  We started with a day in... (more)

April 22: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed private tour in Costa Rica

One of the participants from the regular Costa Rica in Spring tour requested an extra three days of... (more)

April 18: Gavin Bieber on his just-completed tour, Texas: The Rio Grande Valley in Spring

We just finished what was probably our best South Texas in Spring tour ever.  With the valley specialties... (more)

April 14: Rich Hoyer on the conclusion of his tour, Costa Rica in March

Our final days on the Caribbean slope starting at Arenal volcano continued to be full of enriching experiences,... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on these guaranteed departures.

Galapagos with Rich Hoyer - A mind-boggling array of fascinating, fearless, and endemic birds and other animals, including the world-famous finches. Begins June 17.

Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes with Steve Howell - Superb Andean birding with up to 40 hummingbird species. June 27 - July 5.

Ecuador: Amazon Lowlands with Steve Howell - Amazonian lowland birding richness from a very comfortable base. August 6 - 14.

Alaska: Fall Migration at Gambell & the Pribilofs with Gavin Bieber - The ultimate birding destination in North America. Scores of seabirds compete with high potential for post-breeding Asian vagrants in a very remote corner of the planet. August 26 - Sept 3. Pribs to Sept 9.

Full list of confirmed tours with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Our Leaders & Staff

Dick Forsman

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Dick Forsman lives near Helsinki, Finland where he works as a freelance tour leader, author, and ornithological consultant. He is widely regarded as the foremost authority on the identification of Western Palearctic raptors, this backed up by his numerous... (more)

Featured Tour

Alaska: Fall Migration at Gambell and the Pribilofs

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Birding at Gambell during the early autumn provides the opportunity to see a good variety of western Alaska specialties, a remarkable seabird spectacle, southbound shorebirds that include small numbers of Old World species, and a good chance of finding one or more Asian landbird strays. Fall migration is protracted and full of glorious uncertainty,... (more)

AZ Birding

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

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BIRD LISTS and NARRATIVES

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