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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 Choc√≥, 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, 12-30 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.


Birds of Chile: A Photo Guide soon to be released: Steve Howell and Fabrice Schmitt, both well admired WINGS leaders,... (more)

Guyana 2018 price reduced: Our tour to Guyana in 2018 has experienced a price reduction. There... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

China: Yunnan Province with Paul Holt - An outstanding tour full of alluring species. Experience some of Asia’s most exciting habitats and wonderful food along the ancient Southern Silk Road. March 10-25.

Morocco in Spring with Stephen Menzie - High Atlas and Sahara desert drama. Crimson-winged Finch, Cream-colored Courser, Thick-billed Lark and, we hope, Northern Bald Ibis. One space remains. March 24-April 3.

Colorado Lekking Grouse with Evan Obercian and Jon Feenstra - Stunning Colorado scenery combined with sought-after birds. A match made in heaven. April 3-13.

Costa Rica in Spring with Rich Hoyer - This spring tour explores the Talamanca Highlands with its Resplendent Quetzals, the Osa Peninsula, the stunning cloud forest at Monteverde, and the Caribbean lowlands. April 4-18.

Full list of guaranteed departures with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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The marvelous Keel-billed Toucan is a regular feature of our tour, Costa Rica in July

Photo: Rich Hoyer

From the Field

February 20: Jake Mohlmann on his recent tour, Argentina: The South - Pampas, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

We were fortunate to cross paths with 258 species of birds and 14 different... (more)

February 15: Frank Nicoletti on his just completed tour, Minnesota in Winter

The expansive bog lands, boreal forests, and Lake Superior shorelines of Duluth,... (more)

February 14: Rich Hoyer on his just-completed tour, Peru: The Cloud Forests of the Rio Mayo and Abra Patricia

Birding for ten days in Northern Peru during the rainy season was delightful... (more)

February 11: Jon Feenstra on his just-completed tour, Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes

We just finished a week of wet season birding on the Pacific slope of the Andes... (more)

February 6: Jake Mohlmann on his recently completed tour, Arizona: A Winter Week in the Southeast

Our group at the mouth of Cave Creek Canyon We just wrapped up another Winter... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.

Our Leaders & Staff

Brent Stephenson

Image of Brent  Stephenson

Brent was born in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. At age 8, he took his first bird pics with his mum’s old point and shoot. Infatuations with birding and photography started early, and his first bird photos sold at 16. Birding took a back stage... (more)

Featured Tour


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Iran, the ancient country once known as Persia, lies between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. It’s a magical place where one of the world’s oldest civilizations developed, and it is blessed as well with remarkably beautiful and varied natural habitats that are home to some wonderful wildlife, including some highly sought-after birds... (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.