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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

Brazil: Minas Gerais, Oct 23-24, 2017, with Fabrice Schmitt -- We’ll visit wonderful cerrado areas such as Serra da Canastra National Park, Caraça... added October 2015 (more)

Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera, Oct 16 - Nov 5 2016, with Susan Myers -- The Indonesian province of Sulawesi, formerly known as the Celebes, is the large, rather odd-shaped... added June 2014 (more)

Australia: Victoria and Tasmania, Sep 22 - Oct 9 2016, with Gavin Bieber -- Our new southeastern tour passes through a wide variety of habitats and climates. The Victoria countryside... added May 2015 (more)

The Gal├ípagos Islands, Jun 17-27, 2016, with Rich Hoyer -- The Galápagos Islands and Machu Picchu are two of the world’s most celebrated destinations,... added February 2015 (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


Gambell radio interview with Gavin Bieber: Listen to WINGS leader Gavin Bieber interviewed about birding in... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant is one of the smallest birds on the very large bird list acquired on Jon Feenstra’s Ecuador: The South tour.

Photo: Rich Hoyer

From the Field

November 25: Rich Hoyer on the second half of his tour to Peru: The Manu Biosphere Reserve and Machu Picchu

The latter half of our SE Peru tour saw us boating for seven delightful hours down the Upper Madre de... (more)

November 21: Paul Holt on the completion of his tour to Goa, India

Highlights of this year's tour, our 16th to this balmy South Indian paradise, were many and varied but... (more)

November 19: Jon Feenstra from the midway point in his tour to Southern Ecuador

It has felt like a bit of a whirlwind, but that's the way it goes when traveling from one great birding... (more)

November 9: James Lidster from his just-completed tour to Namibia

I just completed our first modern day tour to Namibia and it looks like I may have a new contender for... (more)

November 5: Fabrice Schmitt and Steve Howell from their ongoing tour of Chile

Now back in Santiago after the first two sections, in Tierra del Fuego and the Lake District. Many highlights... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following guaranteed departures.

Mexico: San Blas with Steve Howell - Relaxed birding with over 30 Mexican endemics including Mexican Parrotlet, San Blas Jay, and Golden Vireo and based at a single, exceptional hotel. Begins January 11.

Minnesota in Winter with Evan Obercian and Frank Nicoletti - An enticing array of winter birds including several northern owls and woodpeckers plus grouse, crossbills, redpolls and more. Begins January 22.

Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes with Jon Feenstra - Superb Andean birding with up to 40 hummingbird species. Begins February 6.

New Zealand, Island Endemics and Seabirds with Brent Stephenson - Isolated, fantastical islands full of unique birds and breathtaking scenery. One space remains. Begins February 8.

 More confirmed tours

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Our Leaders & Staff

Nick Moran

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Nick started scribbling wildlife notes when he was six. Migrating north from inland North Yorkshire to Scotland and coastal Fife at the age of 18 rapidly expanded his opportunity and appetite for birding, and over the next 20 years he travelled and birded... (more)

Featured Tour

Pacific Coast Seabird Cruises aboard Holland America Vessels - Albatrosses, Pterodromas, and Seabirding in Comfort

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When major cruise companies reposition their boats from winter to summer cruising schedules, the cost of these staging cruises are often remarkably reasonable.  Recently West Coast birders have used these cruises as a comfortable platform to look for offshore species, including several pterodroma petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels. ... (more)

AZ Birding

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