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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Friends,  

In these uncertain times, please know that WINGS is monitoring the rapidly changing information and recommendations about the novel coronavirus and global travel. Given current events and with the safety of our participants, leaders, and support staff in mind, we have cancelled all of our upcoming tours into January. As we move forward into the winter, we’re assessing each tour individually and on a variety of factors, including travel restrictions, local covid-19 rates and transmission, and health policies (such as testing, facemasks, etc). Our plan is to decide whether individual tours will operate or cancel no later than six weeks prior to a tour’s start date. For tours we haven’t yet cancelled, our standard cancellation policy applies (see here).

Once tours resume (likely in fits and starts), we will have a cleaning and safety protocol in place for our group while on tour. Our tours have always been small-group oriented and we’ve done our best to maintain space in vehicles (such as, as much as possible, providing everyone with a window). We’ll continue this, of course, and institute additional protocol to maintain a safe tour.  

Looking forward, we have been working hard to fully build out our 2021 calendar, and have gone further and posted many 2022 tour dates as well. Many of our 2021 departures are full or mostly full, so if you are planning ahead that far, send us a note or check the website to see if there is still space on your desired tour(s). In many cases we have added second departures to fill interest. We are aware that it will likely be domestic US tours that make a comeback first, followed by countries that open with additional screening and testing upon arrival, and are planning with that in mind. 

Our office staff in Tucson, Arizona has returned in limited capacity to our physical office while some continue to work from home (per updated recommendations by the CDC and state and federal governments). We appreciate your continued patience if it takes us slightly longer than normal to return a message or query. If you have any questions, concerns or definite plan changes, please let us know.  

WINGS is proud to have been running quality birding tours for the last 47 years. Birdwatching around the world with our leaders has brought the unparalleled joy of shared experience to many and we hope to continue making these connections and fuel your passion for birdwatching for years to come.

We’re all in this together! We look forward to your presence on a future tour.

With best wishes for good health and good birding from all of us at WINGS,

Matt Brooks

Managing Director

Updated: December 2020