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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

Zambia, Nov 24 - Dec 8 2021, with Ethan Kistler -- Zambia is a wonderfully scenic country in the middle... (more)

Portugal in Spring, 19-29 April 2021, with Jon Dunn and Helder Cardoso -- Portugal possesses a fine diversity of habitats and... (more)

Lesser Antilles, 7-20 February 2021, with Ryan Chenery -- These 10 stunningly beautiful Caribbean islands form... (more)

India: The North, Feb 24 - Mar 14 2021, with Susan Myers -- India is a mystical and exotic country that for many... (more)

Scotland, Apr 25 - May 1 2021, with Rob Sheldon -- The Scottish Highlands are one of the last truly wild... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


Recent Publication: The Birds of Gambell and St. Lawrence Island: Western Field Ornithologists has recently published Paul Lehman’s... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

COVID 19 Updates

For the safety of our guides and guests we’ve cancelled all tours through late August and are evaluating tours further out as we go forward. For more about our COVID 19 response, click here. To see our 2021 tours, click here. Just because our leaders aren’t currently on tour doesn’t mean they aren’t busy exploring. For our “From the Home” posts, see here. Check back frequently for updates.

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Common Cactus-Finch is just one of more than 15 “Darwin’s Finches” seen on our tour, The Galapagos Islands

Photo: Rich Hoyer

From the Home/From the Field

August 31: Steve Howell reports on under-appreciated fall plumages.

It’s that time of year again... Was the season named Fall for all the leaves that fall, or perhaps for all the feathers... (more)

August 18: An update from Ethan Kistler in Ohio

After all of my tours were cancelled this year due to COVID-19, I was in a position that I haven’t been in for a long... (more)

August 13: Steve Howell continues his 2020 Bigfoot Year—June and July

Steve Howell continues the saga of his COVID-enforced Bigfoot Year in town with a summary of the “summer” months,... (more)

See all recent submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Stephanie Schaefer

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Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Stephanie Schaefer found her love of wildlife from a spontaneous venture to South Africa that turned into a two-year residence in the game reserves of KwaZulu-Natal. Among working with conservation efforts of protected... (more)

Featured Tour

Trinidad and Tobago - with Trinidad Piping Guan

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Trinidad and Tobago, the beautiful, mountainous green islands off South America’s northeast coast, are widely celebrated among birdwatchers, for whom they have an enduring and particular appeal. Nowhere, it seems, are tropical birds more accessible and more easily studied, and nowhere is there a place more ideally suited than the Asa Wright Nature... (more)

AZ Birding

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



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