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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

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)

A Cruise: Valparaiso to Buenos Aires , Feb 14-28, 2015, with Fabrice Schmitt -- Have you dreamed of taking an extended pelagic trip along the Humboldt Current, traveling to such legendary... added March 2014 (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)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


Steve Howell’s new book: Steve Howell’s long-awaited book, The Amazing World of Flyingfish,... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

A Turquoise Jay peers from the forest on Jon Feenstra’s tour, Ecuador: A Week in the Clouds.

Photo: Jon Feenstra

From the Field

July 22: Paul Holt from a portion of his recent tour of Sichuan, China

Sichuan, the heart of China's endemic zone, offers some superb birding, great accommodations, spectacular scenery and world renown... (more)

July 14: Fabrice Schmitt on his just-concluded private tour to the wilds of Peru

I'm just come back from a two week private tour in North and Cenral Peru to look for White-masked Antbird and a few more of Peru's... (more)

July 9: Steve Howell reports from his ongoing Ecuador: A Week in Paradise tour

Yesterday’s late afternoon cold beer and chips, along with Sunbitterns singing and flight-displaying (wow!), would normally... (more)

June 25: Gavin Bieber and Steve Howell: A second report from their ongoing tour Alaska: The Majesty of the North

There's more to life than birds - the mammals here are truly amazing. Yesterday in warm sunny conditions we watched a pair of Bristle-thighed... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

Limited space is available on the following confirmed August and October 2014 tours.

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. Begins August 2.

Romania: Birds and Medieval Monasteries with Bryan Bland - Elegant monasteries and excellent birding combined with Old World charm. Begins August 22.

Colombia with Trevor Ellery - Birding in the most diverse country on the planet, with a focus on endemic and range-restricted as well as more common species. Begins August 23.

Australia: South Australia and Northern Territory with Gavin Bieber - From Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs in search of the many special inland birds and those of the tropical rainforests of the north. Begins October 2.

more confirmed tours

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

WINGS Publications

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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

Will Russell

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Will Russell lives in Tucson, Arizona, is a founder and Managing Director of WINGS. His ornithological interests are varied and have included several years of teaching at the college level and study on questions of bird identification, distribution and... (more)

Featured Tour


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Lying on the Gulf of Guinea along Africa’s tropical western coast, Ghana is a country rich both in ancient tradition and in the history of Europe’s early colonial presence in West Africa. Today, Ghana is a vibrant and colorful country stretching from the blinding white beaches of the Atlantic through dense rainforest to the open savanna... (more)

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