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Welcome to WINGS

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

France: Birding à la Française, 16-26 May 2019, with Fabrice Schmitt and Pierre Defos Du Rau -- France is best known for its food and wine, but it also has wonderful birds!... (more)

Peninsular Malaysia, 19-30 August 2019, with Susan Myers -- About 720 bird species have been recorded in peninsular Malaysia, and a large... (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)

Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula and Around Cape Horn, Jan 21 - Feb 6 2020, with Luke Seitz and Steve Howell -- Have you dreamed of taking an extended pelagic trip around the southern tip... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


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.

Guaranteed Tours

The Gambia 7-14 December.

Australia: SW Australia & N Queensland 12-29 January. Cape York Extension to 2 February. *One space.

Japan in Winter 13-27 January (one space) or 11-25 February.

Guyana 23 January-3 February.

India: North 11-28 February.

Tanzania 1-15 March. *One space.

Bhutan 27 March-13 April. *One space.

Confirming Soon:

Minnesota in Winter 25-30 January.

Colombia: The Santa Marta Mountains 2-10 February. *One space.

Jamaica 6-13 April.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Jocotoco Antpitta discovered only in 1997 is now a likely addition to our vast list of birds on Jon Feenstra’s Ecuador: the South tour.

Photo: Rich Hoyer

From the Field

October 22: Derek Lovitch on his recently completed tour, The Maine Coast in Fall, Monhegan Island.

From morning flights to diurnal migrants, from warblers to waterfowl, a week... (more)

September 25: Jake Mohlmann on his recent tour, Arizona and Utah: Fall Migration in the Canyonlands

Our 2018 Arizona and Utah Canyonlands tour just wrapped up with 198 species... (more)

September 22: Rich Hoyer on his recent tour, Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road.

The numbers, variety, and rarity of birds on this year's tour to Machu Picchu... (more)

September 20: Rich Hoyer on his just-finished tour, Oregon in Late Summer

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect tour than this year's Oregon in Late... (more)

September 4: Jon Dunn on his recently completed tour, Arizona: Second Spring

We experienced a weak monsoon this year and the lack of rain meant warmer than... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

John Yerger

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John Yerger has been birding for roughly a quarter-century.  His interest in birds developed into more of an obsession by high school, and led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State University.  Along the way... (more)

Featured Tour


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Portugal offers a surprising of habitats, and consequently, of birds in a relatively small area. One can find within half an hour’s drive from Lisbon city center and its International Airport, the Tagus Estuary and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserves. These two remarkable protected wetland areas have extensive bird lists that include White Stork,... (more)

AZ Birding

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