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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

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)

Thailand: The Northwest, Feb 12 - Mar 1 2014, with Jon Dunn -- Northwest Thailand is distinctly different from the rest of the country with little humidity and, in... added March 2015 (more)

Thailand: The South, Feb 23 - Mar 7 2016, with Jon Dunn -- Thailand is a fascinating country with many wonderful national parks and reserves supporting huge numbers... added March 2015 (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

James Lidster takes over the WINGS and Sunbird Facebook pages: The brilliant Sunbird leader, James Lidster, also knows his way... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

A male Steller’s Eider on its breeding pond at Barrow Alaska on Alaska: Majesty of the North.

Photo: Rich Hoyer



From the Field

April 6: Fabrice Schmitt on the second half of his cruise-tour, Valparaiso to Buenos Aires

The second leg of our trip has been absolutely great too! On the Falklands islands, we visited Volunteer... (more)

March 31: Rich Hoyer on the last half of his March tour to Costa Rica

Absolutely amazingly good weather continued for the latter half of the spectacular Costa Rica tour, which... (more)

March 26: Steve Howell from his ongoing Honduras tour

“Oh my goodness, there’s an owl...” said Alison, and by sheer luck we had stopped... (more)

March 24: Gavin Bieber on his just-concluded tour to Puerto Rico

I just wrapped up a really enjoyable weeklong tour to Puerto Rico.  This small Caribbean gem, known... (more)

March 23: Rich Hoyer from his ongoing tour of Costa Rica

We arrived at Monteverde this evening for a two-night stay, meaning our 13 days of birding in Costa... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following confirmed May - July 2015 tours.

Oregon in Spring with Rich Hoyer - Oregon hosts an amazing avian diversity - especially in owls and woodpeckers. Our tour explores this diversity from coastal wetlands up through coniferous forests and into the sagebrush deserts of the east. Begins May 16.

Alaska: Gambell, Nome, and the Pribilofs with Jon Dunn and Gavin Bieber - The ultimate birding destination in North America. Scores of seabirds compete with high potential for Asian vagrants in a very remote corner of the planet. Begins May 29.

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. Begins May 12.

Iceland with Yann Kolbeinsson - A dramatic land of ice and fire with fantastic breeding season birding, with lakes full of waterfowl and shorebirds nesting on the tundra. Begins July 4.

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Our Leaders & Staff

Paul Holt

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Paul Holt was born in the west Pennine town of Burnley, Lancashire in 1963. Unable to remember the first bird he looked at or when he actually started birding he recollects that there were natural history books and binoculars in the house from an early... (more)

Featured Tour

Iceland

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Lying in the cold, gray waters of the North Atlantic, Iceland is a country that has long fired the imagination of travelers and birdwatchers alike. This is the land of ice and fire and of ancient sagas, where the mighty Gyrfalcon drifts over a dramatic volcanic landscape dotted with glaciers, gushing geysers, hot springs, mighty waterfalls, and endless... (more)

AZ Birding

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