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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

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, Apr 6-15, 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, Sep 10-26, 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.


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.

Ecuador: Amazon Lowlands with Rich Hoyer - Amazonian lowland birding richness from a very comfortable base. August 6-14.

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.

Maine Coast in Fall with Derek Lovitch - A delightful tour on tucked-away Monhegan Island when the summer visitors have gone home and migrant birds are heading south. September 17-24.

Full list of confirmed tours with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Barred Owlets peer from a roost hole near Bharatpur on Paul Holt’s tour, India: Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Nainital and Corbett.

Photo: Paul Holt

From the Field

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)

May 31:  Paul French reports from Mongolia

After a week of camping in the wilds of the Mongolian Gobi desert, the Sunbird/WINGS... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Derek Lovitch

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Derek Lovitch is a career biologist with a lifelong passion for birds. He has worked on avian research and education projects in nine states, from New Jersey to Hawaii and from Florida to Michigan. He also spent three summers as a tour guide on Alaska’s... (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.