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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

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 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)

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.


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.

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.

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.

Spain with Stephen Menzie - Rural Old World charm and some of the best birding in the Mediterranean, including the highest concentration of raptors in Europe. One space remains. 27 April-11 May.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Outlandish Pheasant-tailed Jacanas haunt small ponds around Bangkok on Jon Dunn’s tour Thailand: The Northwest.

Photo: Pinit Saengkaew

From the Field

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)

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)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Stuart Elsom

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Stuart Elsom is freelance ecologist and wildlife photographer who lives in Cambridgeshire. A keen naturalist from an early age, his passion for wildlife conservation has seen him serve on several regional environmental and conservation forums and he... (more)

Featured Tour

Minnesota and North Dakota - North Woods to Prairies

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The wonders of the breeding season in Minnesota and North Dakota could well be the best kept secret in all of birding—and with our small group size, we plan to keep it that way! June landscapes are as lush as the birds are conspicuous. From boreal forests to aspen parkland and the grasslands and prairie potholes of North Dakota, this trip covers... (more)

AZ Birding

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