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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)

Colombia: The Choc√≥, 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)

Australia: Southwestern Australia & Northern Queensland, 12-29 January 2019, with Gavin Bieber -- The states of Western Australia and Queensland feature vast tracts of uninhabited... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


Birds of Chile: A Photo Guide soon to be released: Steve Howell and Fabrice Schmitt, both well admired WINGS leaders,... (more)

Guyana 2018 price reduced: Our tour to Guyana in 2018 has experienced a price reduction. There... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

Texas: the Upper Coast with Gavin Bieber - Hosting one of the great visible migration spectacles in North America, this is a tour not to be missed. One space remains. 12-19 April.

Lesvos with Killian Mullarney and Steve Rooke - A one-hotel tour full of passing migrants and local breeders, all on a magnificent Greek Isle. 20-28 April.

Florida: The South, the Keys and the Dry Tortugas with Gavin Bieber - On the shortlist of must-go US birding locales. Northbound migrants plus regional specialties such as Mangrove Cuckoo and Black-whiskered Vireo, usually with a couple rarities thrown in. 22-29 April.

Seabird Cruise: Los Angeles to SE Alaska with Paul Lehman – A relaxing West Coast cruise with many exciting species such as Laysan Albatross, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, and perhaps a rarity or three. 27 April-9 May.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Brown Kiwi is one of five species of kiwi we’ll look for on our tour of New Zealand

From the Field

March 16: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed tour, Jamaica

We breezed through the natural history of Jamaica this past week, seeing all... (more)

March 7: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed tour, Mexico: Baja California's Cape Region

This year’s Baja California tour was highlighted by lots of birds everywhere... (more)

February 26: Paul Holt from his ongoing tour, India: Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Nainital and Corbett

It took us nine game drives, six at Ranthambhore and three in Corbett National... (more)

February 26: Jake Mohlmann on his recently completed tour, Texas: The Rio Grande Valley

South Texas thrilled us during our week in this tropical paradise...but it... (more)

February 21: Fabrice Schmitt on his and Gavin Bieber's just-completed cruise, Buenos Aires to Santiago - Birding Sea and Land 

Our fifth cruise around the Horn ended a few days ago, and once again it was... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Erin Olmstead

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A chance encounter with a pair of Barred Owls got Erin Olmstead hooked on birds almost fifteen years ago. Since then she has dedicated her career to helping people connect with nature and appreciate the value of biodiversity. Her adventures as an interpretive... (more)

Featured Tour

Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes

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The Andes of western Ecuador have some of the best and most accessible birding locations in all of South America, and the wonderful Séptimo Paraíso Cloud Forest Reserve is a prime example. While one-stop Ecuador tours will produce fewer species than a multi-week, all-country blitz, even a short tour based at a place like Séptimo... (more)

AZ Birding

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