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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 and Paul Tamwenya -- 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.


Birds of Chile: A Photo Guide soon to be released: Steve Howell and Fabrice Schmitt, both well admired WINGS leaders,... (more)

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

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

Arizona: A Winter Week - Spectacular southeast Arizona winter birding from a comfortable base on the San Pedro River. One space remains. January 27-February 3.

Mexico: The Lacandon Rainforest and Mayan Ruins with Steve Howell - Superb southeast Mexican birding in and around one of this hemispere’s great cultures. January 25-February 2.

Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes with Jon Feenstra - Superb Andean birding with up to 40 hummingbird species. February 1-9.

Saint Lucia & Saint Vincent with Stu Elsom - This relaxed tour includes sought-after endemics such as St. Lucia Parrot and St. Lucia Warbler and warm Caribbean hospitality. One space remains. February 4-13.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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A Stygian Owl glares down from its lichen-encrusted perch on our tour, Colima and Jalisco. You can read an account of the latest Steve Howell tour to the area here.

Photo: Steve N.G. Howell

From the Field

December 13: Gavin Bieber on his recently completed tour, Panama: The Darien Lowlands.

The vast and sparsely populated Darien Province in the far eastern part of... (more)

December 12: Gavin Bieber on his recently completed tour, Panama: Bocas del Toro and the Western Highlands

It’s surely a testament to the diversity of habitats and of birds that... (more)

November 27: Rich Hoyer on his recently-completed tour, Peru: Rainforest Lodges of the Madre de Dios

We had some marvelous experiences on our short tour visiting just two lodges... (more)

November 27: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed tour, Peru: Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road

Breathtaking views of Machu Picchu were just the beginning of this year’s... (more)

November 14: Steve Howell on his and Jake Mohlmann's ongoing tour, Chile: Tierra del Fuego to the Atacama Desert

From King Penguins and Royal Albatrosses to Magellanic Woodpeckers and Many-colored... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Paul Smith

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British Zoologist Paul Smith has been based in Paraguay since 2004.  He has published over 100 scientific articles on the wildlife of the country and is co-author of both the forthcoming Field Guide to the Birds of Paraguay and the Annotated Checklist... (more)

Featured Tour


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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.



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