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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

Idaho: Cassia Crossbill and Southern Idaho, 12-20 August 2019, with Jon Dunn and Austin Young -- In 2017 the AOS Checklist Committee concluded that the endemic subspecies of... (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)

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)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

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.

China: Sichuan with Paul Holt and Wang Qingyu - Some of the best birding in the Middle Kingdom with many endemic species amongst varied habitats and wild, mountainous terrain. One space remains. 27 May-16 June.

Uganda with Brian Finch - Uganda is the jewel in the crown of East Africa, filled with excellent birds such as Shoebill and Green-breasted Pitta and mammal highlights that include Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee. 23 June-8 July.

Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes with Luke Seitz - Superb Andean birding with up to 40 hummingbird species. Begins 2-10 July.

Arizona Second Spring with Jon Dunn - Excellent birding as the summer monsoons bring moisture and awaken a “second spring” full of birdsong, peak diversity, and good chances for rarities. 29 July-9 August.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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From the Field

March 23: Fabrice Schmitt on his and Steve Howell's recently completed cruise, Buenos Aires to Santiago

For the second time this year, we had an amazing cruise from Buenos Aires (Argentina)... (more)

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)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.


Our Leaders & Staff

Dick Forsman

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Dick Forsman lives near Helsinki, Finland where he works as a freelance tour leader, author, and ornithological consultant. He is widely regarded as the foremost authority on the identification of Western Palearctic raptors, this backed up by his numerous... (more)

Featured Tour

Ecuador: The Amazon Lowlands 2 - A Week at Sani Lodge / August

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The Amazonian lowlands of eastern Ecuador harbor one of the most diverse avian assemblages in the world, comparable to parts of eastern and southeastern Peru in both richness and beauty. Sani Lodge, two and a half hours by boat down the Napo River from the end of the road at the Amazonian town of Coca, sits on an oxbow lake in the heart of the Amazon... (more)

AZ Birding

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