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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

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)

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: 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.


Steve Howell’s new book: Steve Howell’s long-awaited book, The Amazing World of Flyingfish,... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

A curious Black-throated Tit surveys the group on Paul Holt’s tour of Taiwan

Photo: Paul Holt

From the Field

August 22: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed Marvelous Mato Grosso, Brazil tour

On this year’s Marvelous Mato Grosso tour, the Jaguar near the end was a highlight for almost everyone but the Yellow Anaconda... (more)

August 15: Jon Dunn from his on-going tour of Southeastern Arizona

We are most of the way through our "second spring" tour and have enjoyed the relative coolness and wet conditions of the monsoon... (more)

August 5: Rich Hoyer on his just completed tour of Costa Rica

Rain is good for life – the tropical forests and the residents depend on it, and that’s what we came to Costa... (more)

July 30: Jon Dunn on his late winter tour to Thailand

This year’s tour, including the extension, recorded 467 species.  Highlights on the main tour included three species... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following confirmed September and October 2014 tours.

Georgia in Autumn: Migration Along the Black Sea with Paul French and Giorgi Darchiashvili - An Old World migration spectacle exploring many habitats along the shore of the Black Sea. Begins September 5.

New Jersey: Cape May with Rick Wight - Unbeatable fall migration birding in one of North America’s top birding locations. Begins September 21.

Peru: Butterflies and Birds with Rich Hoyer and Jim Brock - Equal focus will be given to the birds and butterflies of the Manu region of Peru, one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. Begins September 22.

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

Fabrice Schmitt

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Fabrice Schmitt was born in the east of France, where he began to bird at the age of 12. After birding intensively and extensively in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, he fell in love with Neotropical birds during his first trip in Peru in 1995. He... (more)

Featured Tour

Kenya: Kakamega to the Coast

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It’s little wonder that over the last 28 years we’ve run more trips to Kenya than anywhere else. Simply put, it’s a fabulous experience for anyone interested in birds and natural history. Our tours here normally record around 600 species of birds, usually 700 with the extension, but simple bird lists can’t begin to capture Kenya... (more)

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