February 15: South Africa 2017 pricing reduced!
Our ever-popular tour to South Africa has had a price reduction in 2017. There has never been a better time to go to this amazing country, full of spectacular flower blooms and abundant bird life. Steve Rooke has been leading this tour for over two decades and never tires of visiting one of his favorite countries. Join him in 2017!
July 22: Two recent books from Susan Myers
Susan Myers has two new publications, a revision of her Birds of Borneo (Helm) and Wildlife of Southeast Asia (Princeton Pocket Guides). Both are listed on Amazon.
Susan's comments on the Borneo revision follow: "I'm really thrilled that an updated version of Birds of Borneo has been released. It was a lot of hard work over the last two years or so to get this accomplished; I'm very happy with the result and I hope others will be as well. There's now a new and much more detailed introductory section, the taxonomy has been updated also and various other changes have contributed to what I hope is an even better book than the original."
April 8: New Borneo Departure
We've added a new Borneo departure, May 11-25, 2017, in anticipation of the appearance of Susan's revised Birds of Borneo due out in the next few months.
November 30: Steve Howell's latest book
Steve Howell's latest book, which hit the streets this month and was coauthored with Brian Sullivan of eBird fame, is a pocket field guide to Offshore Sea Life of the East (= Atlantic) Coast of the US, a companion book to the popular Offshore Sea Life ID Guide for the West Coast, published back in July. The warm-water Gulf Stream bathing the East Coast means a very different marine fauna from that found off the cold-water West Coast, including tropicbirds, gadfly petrels, Whale Shark, False Killer Whales, and lots of flyingfish! In fact, this is the first time flyingfish as you see them at sea have ever been treated by a field guide. Details can be found at http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10651.html
October 30: Gambell radio interview with Gavin Bieber
Listen to WINGS leader Gavin Bieber interviewed about birding in Gambel, Alaska by birder Bob Kissel for his radio spot on WFHB. Hear the interview here.
September 4: Fabrice Schmitt and colleagues discover the nesting site of Markham's Storm-Petrel
The nesting location of Markham's Storm-Petrel has been discovered...in the middle of the Atacama Desert. You can read the details here.
January 19: James Lidster takes over the WINGS and Sunbird Facebook pages
The brilliant Sunbird leader, James Lidster, also knows his way around facebook, and he's agreed to take on management of both the WINGS and Sunbird facebook pages. He's already introduced new things such as a bird quiz so please stop by from time to time to see what else James has done. A link to our facebook page can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
September 26: Visit WINGS at RGVBF
WINGS will have a strong presence at the upcoming Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, Texas in November. Keynote speaker Steve Howell will be leading a seminar titled "Shift Happens: Rare (Vagrant) Birds in North America - Why, Where, and Whence?". This talk is derived from his recently published book, Rare Birds of North America.
Other senior WINGS tour leaders including Jon Dunn and Jake Mohlmann will also be on hand to lead field trips. If you attend, be sure to stop by our booth in the trade show area to meet Erin Olmstead, the newest member of the WINGS office family.
October 27: Baja Mexico update from Steve Howell
Steve Howell has just returned from his annual fall week of birding in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, where recent hurricanes made the desert lush and green – a spectacular sight. Roads and services were all up and working and the people were friendly as always and happy to welcome visitors. Birds this year? Nothing truly rare, but seeing 18 warbler species and twice as many Red-throated Pipits as Warbling Vireos in a week is always fun! This year ‘bird of the trip’ award went to a fish – and not even a flyingfish! Swimming with a dozen Whale Sharks was definitely the highlight, plus great fresh seafood, and dozens of Costa’s Hummingbirds, Blue-footed Boobies and other Gulf of California species. Ah, Mexico... Of our upcoming Mexico tours San Blas, Colima, and Baja all have at least one space remaining if you want a winter break to sunshine and birds...
Lush Desert, Bahia de los Angeles, BCN, Mexico