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Welcome to WINGS

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

Namibia, Oct 18-31, 2015, with James Lidster -- Namibia has a rich and varied wildlife. Its birds include many species restricted to southern Africa,... added April 2015 (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)

Thailand: The Northwest, Feb 12 - Mar 1 2014, with Jon Dunn -- Northwest Thailand is distinctly different from the rest of the country with little humidity and, in... added March 2015 (more)

A Cruise: Valparaiso to Los Angeles, Mar 14-31, 2016, with Fabrice Schmitt and Steve Howell -- This repositioning cruise offers an amazing opportunity to bird the eastern Pacific, beginning at latitude... added February 2015 (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

A Redwing occasionally joins the flocks of wintering American Robins on Newfoundland: Winter Birds. Read about the other avian wonders on Jon Dunn’s latest tour here

Photo: Bruce Mactavish

From the Field

May 28: Paul Holt on the conclusion of his tour to China: Happy island and Beidaihe

We’d finished our recent China: Beidaihe and Happy Island tour having tallied 41 species of wader... (more)

May 22: Gavin Bieber on his just-completed tour of Southeastern Arizona

Our trip coincided with a period of unseasonably cool and overcast weather.  We actually experienced... (more)

May 15: Paul French on his just concluded tour to Georgia: The High Caucasus

Fierce snowfall across the Caucasus slowed migration, but it did mean that our main targets in the high... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following confirmed Summer 2015 tours.

Minnesota and North Dakota with Chris Wood - From boreal forests to aspen parkland and the grasslands and prairie potholes of North Dakota, this trip covers some of the richest breeding locales in all of North America. One space remains. Begins June 7.

Seabird Cruise: San Fran to SE Alaska with Paul Lehman – A relaxing West Coast cruise with many exciting species such as Laysan Albatross, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, and perhaps a rarity or three. Begins July 31.

China: Lhasa and the Tibetan Plateau with Paul Holt - A popular tour to the isolated “Roof of the World”, with many cultural and ornithological highlights. One space remains. Begins August 8. 

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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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


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Gambia is the tiny country tucked away on the tropical west coast of Africa. Despite its small size—just over 190 miles long and little more than 30 wide—Gambia, with its many varied habitats, has become a favored haunt of birdwatchers from all over the world. It combines beach resort accommodations with day-trip access to superb sandy... (more)

AZ Birding

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