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Welcome to WINGS

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

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)

Colombia: The Santa Marta Mountains, Mar 21-29, 2015, with Fabrice Schmitt -- Colombia is well known for its great diversity of habitats and high level of bird endemism. This is... added June 2014 (more)

Indonesia: Java and Sumatra, Aug 1-22, 2015, with Susan Myers -- Indonesia is the largest archipelago of islands in the world and has more endemic bird species than... added August 2014 (more)

Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera, Aug 28 - Sep 17 2015, with Susan Myers -- The Indonesian province of Sulawesi, formerly known as the Celebes, is the large, rather odd-shaped... added June 2014 (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

Visit WINGS at RGVBF: WINGS will have a strong presence at the upcoming Rio Grande Valley... (more)

Baja Mexico update from Steve Howell: Steve Howell has just returned from his annual fall week of birding... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

The state bird of New Mexico, a Greater Roadrunner welcomes us on Gavin Bieber’s wintertime tour. Read more here about our encounters with this and New Mexico’s many other enchanting creatures.

Photo: Greg Greene



From the Field

October 23: Fabrice Schmitt on his just-concluded scouting trip to the Iquitos, Peru area

Many people think of the Amazonian lowlands as a uniform green ocean of forest but they are anything but uniform, and the Iquitos... (more)

October 22: Gavin Bieber on his recently concluded tour to South Australia and Northern Territory

The Central Australia tour was excellent this year. Our first leg around Adelaide took in Birdlife Australia's Gluepot Reserve,... (more)

October 21: Steve Rooke on his recently concluded tour to South Africa

Our tour got off to a cracking start with a sighting of a Pangolin walking along the roadside. We had only just set off when we... (more)

October 16: Jake Mohlmann on his recent tour, Arizona and Utah: Fall Migration in the Canyonlands 

While Hurricane Norbert brought record amounts of rain to California and southern Arizona our 2014 Fall Migration in the Canyonlands... (more)

October 10: Rich Hoyer on the completion of his and Jim Brock's tour, Peru: Butterflies and Birds.

Our first butterfly and bird watching tour to the Kosñipata Valley of SE Peru, with Jim Brock co-leading as the butterfly... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following confirmed late 2014 and early 2015 tours.

Panama: Fall at the Canopy Tower with Gavin Bieber - Excellent neotropical birding from a single base: the acclaimed Canopy Tower. Begins November 15.

Ghana with James Lidster and Robert Ntakor - Covering the white beaches of the Atlantic through dense rainforest to the open savanna of the Sahel, and including perhaps the world’s best canopy walkway and Yellow-headed Picathartes. Begins November 29.

China Southeast in Winter with Paul Holt and Wang Qingyu - Superb East Asian winter birding with highlights including five or six species of cranes, waterfowl including Lesser White-fronted Goose and Baikal Teal and a chance for the ultra scarce Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Two departures: December 8 and January 4.

Newfoundland in Winter with Jared Clarke - Winter birding from a delightful base. Possible Old World rarities top a delectable mix of alcids, gulls, and boreal forest birds. Begins January 11.

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

WINGS Publications

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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

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

Panama: Darién Lowlands

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Darién Province in far eastern Panama is one of the wildest and most remote corners of the isthmus. Largely roadless and with steep mountains cloaked in dense vegetation, the region holds its secrets well. With the development of the new Canopy Camp Darién, visiting naturalists finally have an accessible lodge from which to base their... (more)

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