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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.

Miscellany

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.

Ghana with Paul French and Victor Owusu - Covering the white beaches of the Atlantic through dense rainforest to the open savanna of the Sahel, plus highlights like a canopy walkway and Yellow-headed Picathartes. November 14-27.

Panama: Fall at the Canopy Tower with Gavin Bieber - Excellent neotropical birding from a single base: the acclaimed Canopy Tower. One space (shared bathroom) remains. November 12-18.

Panama Darién Lowlands with Gavin Bieber - Excellent birding at a remote but new African-safari-style camp with a number of regional endemics. November 25-December 2.

India: The South and the Andaman Islands with Paul Holt - Rich nature reserves full of endemics and a relaxed, tropical feel make this tour a delight. November 26-December 10 (ext to Dec 16).

Full list of confirmed tours with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Tufted Flycatcher is encountered with delightful frequency on Mexico: Colima and Jalisco. You can read an account of the latest Steve Howell tour to the area here.

Photo: Rich Hoyer



From the Field

August 1: Rich Hoyer on his recently completed tour, Brazil: Marvelous Mato Grosso

This year’s Marvelous Mato Grosso tour was amazing. Each of the four... (more)

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)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.


Our Leaders & Staff

Paul Tamwenya

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Paul Tamwenya was born in Eastern Uganda near the foothills of Mount Elgon National Park and grew up accompanying his grandfather, who was a great hunter of birds, small mammals and big rodents, on forays into the natural world near his home. These experiences... (more)

Featured Tour

Mexico: The Lacandon Rainforest and Maya Ruins

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Not so many years ago, a visit to Mexico’s Lacandon rainforest and the Maya ruins of Bonampak and Yaxchilan was a major undertaking. Today, with new paved roads and new lodges, the Lacandon is surprisingly easy to visit. Scarlet Macaws, Great Curassows, howler monkeys, hawk-eagles, and perhaps even a tapir or jaguar can be seen amid spectacular... (more)

AZ Birding

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

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BIRD LISTS and NARRATIVES

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