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May 31: Upcoming Publication: The Birds of Gambell and St. Lawrence Island

Western Field Ornithologists is publishing Paul Lehman’s book, The Birds of Gambell and St. Lawrence Island, in fall 2019. This WFO Special Publication will certainly be a valuable resource for many who visit this island on birding tours. All those with an interest in patterns of vagrancy, Alaskan birds, and eastern Palearctic migrants will want to get their hands on this book. You can read the book's synopsis here.


May 30: Just released: Oceanic Birds of the World: A Photo Guide by Steve Howell and Kirk Zufelt

It’s here! Advance copies of Steve Howell and Kirk Zufelt’s ground-breaking (wave-breaking?) new book, Oceanic Birds of the World: A Photo Guide have just reached the US, with the main shipment scheduled to arrive in a month or so. This state-of-the-art photo field guide has been 30+ years in gestation but when finger hit keyboard took “only" 4 years to pull together. Splits include 10 species of Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, 3 Brown Boobies, and much more… For more info see: https://press.princeton.edu/titles/14015.html


February 14: Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—in 12 Steps

Continuing his publishing streak, Steve Howell has teamed up with Brian Sullivan and has produced another must-have book titled "Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—in 12 Steps." Available now on Amazon or your local bookstore.


January 15: Recommended by Rough Guides

WINGS was recommended by roughguides.com in a recent article on birding in the Caribbean. Click on the link to read it!


March 19: 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 hours in the field, Steve Howell and Fabrice Schmitt just published their photographic field guide ‘Birds of Chile’. With its pocket size, short texts focused on identification marks, and numerous pictures showing the birds in their habitat, their new book is the perfect tool to identify birds of this part of the world.

Participants of the ongoing cruise ‘Buenos Aires to Santiago’ have been able to test the very first copies of the new book, and it works!

If you too want to use this new field guide with their authors, you can join them on one of their forthcoming Chile tour or cruises!


April 28: Derek Lovitch's newly published guide to birdfinding in Maine

WINGS leader Derek Lovitch is the lead editor of a newly published book titled Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide. This is a great new resource for finding birds throughout this beautiful state. The state’s wealth of undeveloped land and its extensive coastline, countless islands, and varied habitat combine to host an impressive diversity of birds at all times of year. Birders travel to Maine from near and far to seek hard-to-find species, from the only Atlantic puffins breeding in the United States on offshore islands to Bicknell’s thrushes high in the mountains.

Derek leads two tours for WINGS to this region of the US; Maine Coast in Fall and Maine and New Hampshire.


February 15: South Africa 2017 pricing reduced!

Our ever-popular tour to South Africa has had a price reduction in 2017. There has never been a better time to go to this amazing country, full of spectacular flower blooms and abundant bird life. Steve Rooke has been leading this tour for over two decades and never tires of visiting one of his favorite countries. Join him in 2017!

Crimson-breasted Shrike


July 22: Two recent books from Susan Myers

Susan Myers has two new publications, a revision of her Birds of Borneo (Helm) and Wildlife of Southeast Asia (Princeton Pocket Guides).  Both are listed on Amazon. 

Susan's comments on the Borneo revision follow: "I'm really thrilled that an updated version of Birds of Borneo has been released. It was a lot of hard work over the last two years or so to get this accomplished; I'm very happy with the result and I hope others will be as well. There's now a new and much more detailed introductory section, the taxonomy has been updated also and various other changes have contributed to what I hope is an even better book than the original."

Congratulations Susan!


April 8: New Borneo Departure

We've added a new Borneo departure, May 11-25, 2017, in anticipation of the appearance of Susan's revised Birds of Borneo due out in the next few months.


November 30: Steve Howell's latest book

Steve Howell's latest book, which hit the streets this month and was coauthored with Brian Sullivan of eBird fame, is a pocket field guide to Offshore Sea Life of the East (= Atlantic) Coast of the US, a companion book to the popular Offshore Sea Life ID Guide for the West Coast, published back in July. The warm-water Gulf Stream bathing the East Coast means a very different marine fauna from that found off the cold-water West Coast, including tropicbirds, gadfly petrels, Whale Shark, False Killer Whales, and lots of flyingfish! In fact, this is the first time flyingfish as you see them at sea have ever been treated by a field guide. Details can be found at http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10651.html


October 30: Gambell radio interview with Gavin Bieber

Listen to WINGS leader Gavin Bieber interviewed about birding in Gambel, Alaska by birder Bob Kissel for his radio spot on WFHB. Hear the interview here.

Join Gavin or Jon Dunn in 2016 for one of our popular tours to this birding hotspot.
Alaska Gambell in Spring
Alaska Gambell in Fall


September 4: Fabrice Schmitt and colleagues discover the nesting site of Markham's Storm-Petrel

The nesting location of Markham's Storm-Petrel has been discovered...in the middle of the Atacama Desert. You can read the details here.


January 19: James Lidster takes over the WINGS and Sunbird Facebook pages

The brilliant Sunbird leader, James Lidster, also knows his way around facebook, and he's agreed to take on management of both the WINGS and Sunbird facebook pages. He's already introduced new things such as a bird quiz so please stop by from time to time to see what else James has done. A link to our facebook page can be found at the bottom of this webpage.


September 26: Visit WINGS at RGVBF

WINGS will have a strong presence at the upcoming Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, Texas in November. Keynote speaker Steve Howell will be leading a seminar titled "Shift Happens: Rare (Vagrant) Birds in North America - Why, Where, and Whence?". This talk is derived from his recently published book, Rare Birds of North America.

Other senior WINGS tour leaders including Jon Dunn and Jake Mohlmann will also be on hand to lead field trips. If you attend, be sure to stop by our booth in the trade show area to meet Erin Olmstead, the newest member of the WINGS office family.


October 27: Baja Mexico update from Steve Howell

Steve Howell has just returned from his annual fall week of birding in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, where recent hurricanes made the desert lush and green – a spectacular sight. Roads and services were all up and working and the people were friendly as always and happy to welcome visitors. Birds this year? Nothing truly rare, but seeing 18 warbler species and twice as many Red-throated Pipits as Warbling Vireos in a week is always fun! This year ‘bird of the trip’ award went to a fish – and not even a flyingfish! Swimming with a dozen Whale Sharks was definitely the highlight, plus great fresh seafood, and dozens of Costa’s Hummingbirds, Blue-footed Boobies and other Gulf of California species. Ah, Mexico... Of our upcoming Mexico tours San Blas, Colima, and Baja all have at least one space remaining if you want a winter break to sunshine and birds...

Lush Desert, Bahia de los Angeles, BCN, Mexico