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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

Uganda: Shoebills to Gorillas, Jun 23 - Jul 8 2018, with Brian Finch -- Uganda is the jewel in the crown of East Africa, generally recognized as having... (more)

Guatemala, 6-15 April 2018, with Luke Seitz -- Just a three-hour flight from the US, the highlands of Guatemala’s Pacific... (more)

Study in White: Polar Bears and Ivory Gulls of Svalbard, May 29 - Jun 5 2018, with Luke Seitz -- The Norwegian island of Svalbard, or Spitsbergen, is full of spectacular landscapes... (more)

The Solomon Islands, 10-26 September 2018, with Phil Gregory and David Fisher -- The Solomon Islands archipelago stretches from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea,... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

Guyana 2018 price reduced: Our tour to Guyana in 2018 has experienced a price reduction. There... (more)

Derek Lovitch's newly published guide to birdfinding in Maine: WINGS leader Derek Lovitch is the lead editor of a newly published... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

South Africa with Steve Rooke - Almost 100 endemic or near-endemic birds from the Kalahari dry scrub to coastal marshes to offshore currents - plus spring wildflowers in the desert. September 3-17.

Peru: Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road with Rich Hoyer - Exciting birding from the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu into the eastern foothill rainforests of Manu Biosphere Reserve. One space remains. September 10-21.

Argentina: The North - High Andes, the Chaco and Iguazú Falls with Jake Mohlmann - Chaco endemics, high Andean scenery, and the thundering spectacle of Igauzú Falls. One space remains. October 16-30.

Ghana with Paul French and Victor Owusu - 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. November 14-27.

Full list of confirmed tours with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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A Chiriqui Quail-Dove pauses uncharacteristically near Monteverde on the Costa Rica in Spring tour

Photo: Rich Hoyer



From the Field

August 1: Rich Hoyer on his recently completed tour, Brazil: Marvelous Mato Grosso

This year’s Marvelous Mato Grosso tour was amazing. Each of the four... (more)

July 11: Derek Lovitch on his just-completed tour, Maine and New Hampshire

We recorded 157 species, including 19 species of warblers, eight species of... (more)

July 10: Gavin Bieber, Jon Dunn and Jake Mohlmann on the Alaska Majesty Extensions: The Pribilofs and Barrow

The Pribilof Islands were amazingly productive both for the diverse and stunning... (more)

July 5: Gavin Bieber on his and Jake Mohlmann's tour, Alaska: Majesty of the North

A very mild winter coupled with the apparent failure of many Arctic breeders... (more)

June 19: Evan Obercian on his just-concluded tour, Minnesota and North Dakota: North Woods to Prairies

This year’s Minnesota and North Dakota tour was a delight, with lovely... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.


Our Leaders & Staff

Brent Stephenson

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Brent was born in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. At age 8, he took his first bird pics with his mum’s old point and shoot. Infatuations with birding and photography started early, and his first bird photos sold at 16. Birding took a back stage... (more)

Featured Tour

Japan in Winter

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A visit to Japan in the winter is something birders everywhere should consider. The long chain of islands that make up Japan straddle the Pacific coast of Asia, providing an ideal wintering ground for a some of the world’s most sought-after birds, and although the species list is modest, it contains some real gems. Our tour ranges from the southernmost... (more)

AZ Birding

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

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BIRD LISTS and NARRATIVES

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