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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.

A male Torrent Duck rests in a rushing stream on Venezuela: The Andes, Llanos and Coast Range. Read David Fisher’s account of his most recent tour to this fabulously bird-filled land here

Photo: David Fisher

From the Field

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)

March 27: Paul French from his on-going tour of Israel

We've started well, with displaying McQueen’s Bustards and up to 18 Cream-colored Coursers in the Negev Desert, plus a flock... (more)

March 24: Gavin Bieber on his recently completed tour of Puerto Rico

Although islands in the Greater Antilles don’t hold the same diversity of species as mainland sites in the tropics, they have... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

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

Spain with John Muddeman - Rural Old World charm and some of the best birding in the Mediterranean, including the highest concentration of raptors in Europe. Begins April 26.

Belarus with Stuart Elsom – A long-closed Eastern European country with excellent birding opportunities, including chances for Aquatic Warbler and Great Snipe. Begins April 26.

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.

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.

more confirmed tours

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

WINGS Publications

You can read recent WINGS e-mail and print newletters and subscribe to our newsletter here.

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

Steve Howell

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Steve Howell has been birding for as long as he can remember: of course, this may simply mean that his memory isn’t very good. But the many who have traveled with him over his more than 25 years of leading tours around the world soon learn that... (more)

Featured Tour

Oregon: Birds and the Shakespeare Festival

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Away from the Pacific Northwest, the ultra-high caliber of the full-time, professional acting company known as the Oregon Shakespeare Festal is all but a closely-guarded secret. Not a festival at all but a huge ensemble that operates nearly 9 months of the year, occupying three stages twice a day for much of that time, the Tony Award-winning OSF doesn’t... (more)

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