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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

Alaska: Fall Migration at Gambell and the Pribilofs , Aug 29 - Sep 12 2014, with Gavin Bieber -- Birding on the Bering Sea outposts during the early autumn offers a variety of western Alaska specialties,... added February 2013 (more)

Georgia in Autumn: Migration Along the Black Sea, Sep 5-13, 2014, with Paul French and Giorgi Darchiashvili -- Georgia in autumn is a birding secret that needs sharing. The coastal town of Batumi is nestled in the... added January 2014 (more)

Peru: Butterflies and Birds, Sep 22 - Oct 3 2014, with Rich Hoyer and Jim Brock -- Rich Hoyer is well known for pausing to look at other creatures on his birding tours—mammals,... added April 2013 (more)

Guyana, Jan 26 - Feb 8 2015, with Fabrice Schmitt -- Guyana is a neglected jewel of Neotropical birding. Long overshadowed by its better-known neighbors... added September 2013 (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


Rare Birds of North America: Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington and Will Russell, all with longstanding... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Great Curassow is encountered most years on Rich Hoyer’s tour Costa Rica in March.

Photo: Rich Hoyer

From the Field

April 23: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed tour to Jamaica

We had a delightful week of birding and natural history in Jamaica with everyone getting on the birds in record time and many spare... (more)

April 22: Gavin Bieber on his just completed tour of South Texas

South Texas was a blast.  The valley specialties like Plain Chachalaca and White-tipped Dove were all present, and many were... (more)

April 15: Steve Howell from the recently completed Polynesian Odyssey

Starting with Little Penguin and ending today with Golden Dove, this remarkable trip visited New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands... (more)

April 12: Paul Holt from his on-going tour of Bhutan

Great weather, a fabulous ground crew, some superb scenery and fascinating cultural insights into this tiny Himalayan Kingdom. To... (more)

April 4: James Lidster from his on-going tour of Morocco

We have reached the coast now with an impressive species list. Today we saw 30+ Northern Bald Ibis (below), Audouin's Gulls, singing... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following confirmed April-May 2014 tours. 

Turkey with Yann Kolbeinsson and Emin Yogurtçuoglu as leaders – Birding the great crossroads where East meets West, with stunning scenery and special birds such as Caspian Snowcock and Kurdish Wheatear. Begins May 2.

China Beidaihe and Happy Island with Paul Holt and Wang Qingyu - Coincides with the peak of spring migration in coastal northeastern China. Minimal travel, good food, and superb birding. Begins May 3.

Spring Migration in the Midwest with Jon Dunn – Experience the magic of spring migration with a chance for nearly all eastern Neotropical landbird migrants. Begins May 7.

Central Asia: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with Steve Rooke - Following the Silk Road for wonderful steppe and mountain birds and scenes. Begins May 8.

more confirmed tours

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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AZ Birding

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

Our Leaders & Staff

João Jara

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João Jara was born in Lisbon and studied biology at the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, from where he developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry as senior manager and director of various multinational companies. ... (more)

Featured Tour


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Lying on the Gulf of Guinea along Africa’s tropical western coast, Ghana is a country rich both in ancient tradition and in the history of Europe’s early colonial presence in West Africa. Today, Ghana is a vibrant and colorful country stretching from the blinding white beaches of the Atlantic through dense rainforest to the open savanna... (more)

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