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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

Idaho: Cassia Crossbill and Southern Idaho, 12-20 August 2019, with Jon Dunn and Austin Young -- In 2017 the AOS Checklist Committee concluded that the endemic subspecies of... (more)

Nepal, 16-29 March 2019, with Mich Coker and Som GC -- Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, Nepal remains one of Asia’s... (more)

Colombia: The Chocó, Jul 28 - Aug 9 2019, with Fabrice Schmitt -- The Chocó area of western Colombia and Ecuador encompasses the Pacific... (more)

Bolivia: Barba Azul Nature Reserve, Sadiri Lodge, and the Apolo Valley, 5-20 October 2018, with Rich Hoyer -- Bolivia is a large country with many ecoregions, and we’ve long wanted... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

New ‘Birds of Chile’ book from WINGS leaders Steve Howell and Fabrice Schmitt just released!: After a few years collaboration, thousands of pictures, and uncountable... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

Uganda with Brian Finch - Uganda is the jewel in the crown of East Africa, filled with excellent birds such as Shoebill and Green-breasted Pitta and mammal highlights that include Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee. 23 June-8 July.

Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes with Luke Seitz - Superb Andean birding with up to 40 hummingbird species. Begins 2-10 July.

Ecuador: Amazon Lowlands with Steve Howell - Amazonian lowland birding richness from a very comfortable base. 29 July-6 August.

Arizona Second Spring with Jon Dunn - Excellent birding as the summer monsoons bring moisture and awaken a “second spring” full of birdsong, peak diversity, and good chances for rarities. 29 July-9 August.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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A Masked Trogon peers through foliage near Tandayapa on the Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes tour. More details on the results of our tours to this fabulous region can be found here.

Photo: Kim Risen



From the Field

May 8: Gavin Bieber on his and Evan Obercian's recently completed tour, Florida: The South, the Keys and the Dry Tortugas

We just wrapped up a fun week exploring south Florida from Fort Myers to Key... (more)

April 27: Rich Hoyer on his recently completed tour, Costa Rica in Spring

Spring came early to Costa Rica, and we experienced (and enjoyed) slightly... (more)

April 20: Gavin Bieber on his just-completed tour, Texas: The Upper Coast

Our tour took place over a week where the weather didn't create conditions... (more)

March 23: Fabrice Schmitt on his and Steve Howell's recently completed cruise, Buenos Aires to Santiago

For the second time this year, we had an amazing cruise from Buenos Aires (Argentina)... (more)

March 19: Jon Feenstra on his recently completed tour, Ecuador: The Amazon Lowlands

We’re all back from a week in the Ecuadorian Amazon based at the remote,... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.


Our Leaders & Staff

Brian Finch

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Brian Finch was born in the U.K., virtually popping out into the world with the binoculars already around his neck. During his early teens, while at Battersea Grammar School in London, he joined the Beddington Sewage Farm ringing group. The kindness... (more)

Featured Tour

Colombia

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Colombia’s 440,000 square miles are the richest area for birds on the planet. Some 1,870 species have been recorded in an area roughly three times the size of Nevada, among them no fewer than 73 endemics. Though our adventure will provide ample opportunity to observe a large number of common coastal and Amazonian species, this tour concentrates... (more)

AZ Birding

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