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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

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)

Thailand: The Northwest, Feb 10-23, 2016, 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)

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.


Fabrice Schmitt and colleagues discover the nesting site of Markham's Storm-Petrel: The nesting location of Markham's Storm-Petrel has been discovered... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

A juvenile Black Caracara is master of all it surveys in the Amazonian lowlands of Peru. Read more about Rich Hoyer’s recent tours to a tropical birding paradise here.

Photo: Rick Wright

From the Field

September 28: Jon Dunn on his just-concluded tour of Southern California

Our southern California tour experienced warmer temperatures than normal, especially at the Salton Sea... (more)

September 21: Gavin Bieber on his recently concluded tour to the Pribilof Islands, Alaska

These beautiful islands, so verdant in the fall, showed off to great effect this year, with many a picturesque... (more)

September 20: Gavin Bieber from his recently completed tour, Alaska: Fall Migration at Gambell

Our fall tour to Gambell, with a one-day extension to Nome, just wrapped up and was as always unpredictable... (more)

September 18: Jake Mohmann on his just-completed tour to Arizona and Utah

Another journey through the vast and mind-bending reaches of the "Canyonland" has ended and we are catching... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Upcoming Tours

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

India: Goa with Paul Holt - Species endemic to peninsular and south India, large numbers of wintering birds from farther north and exquisite beaches and delicious food, all from a single, comfortable base. Begins November 7.

Ecuador: The South with Jon Feenstra - Excellent birding through many habitiats, including for range-restricted and endemic species such as Jocotoco Antpitta and El Oro Parakeet. Begins November 8.

Argentina: The North - High Andes, the Chaco and Iguazú Falls with Ricardo Clark and Jake Mohlmann - Chaco endemics, high Andean scenery, and the thundering spectacle of Igauzú Falls. Begins November 12.

Panama: Fall at the Canopy Tower with Gavin Bieber - Excellent neotropical birding from a single base: the acclaimed Canopy Tower. Begins November 19.

More confirmed tours

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Our Leaders & Staff

Jon Feenstra

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Raised in the Appalachian ridges of northwestern New Jersey, Jon Feenstra’s playground was the outdoors. Though birding was a passion, it was chemistry that drove his academic education. After graduating college he moved from New Jersey to Los... (more)

Featured Tour

New Zealand - Island Endemics and Seabirds

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A birding tour to New Zealand is packed full of highlights: albatrosses so close you can count the droplets of water on their feathers, the deafening calls of New Zealand Bellbirds ringing through the forest at dawn, a confiding New Zealand Robin standing guard on a forest path, a Kiwi snuffling through the leaf litter. All of these classic images... (more)

AZ Birding

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