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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 -- Uganda is the jewel in the crown of East Africa, generally recognized as having some of the best remaining... (more)

Guatemala, Apr 6-15, 2018, with Luke Seitz -- Just a three-hour flight from the US, the highlands of Guatemala’s Pacific slope are famous worldwide... (more)

Study in White: Polar Bears and Ivory Gulls of Svalbard, May 29 - Jun 5 2018, with Luke Seitz -- The Norwegian island of Svalbard, or Spitsbergen, is full of spectacular landscapes and wildlife. It... (more)

The Solomon Islands, Sep 10-26, 2018, with Phil Gregory and David Fisher -- The Solomon Islands archipelago stretches from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, in a southeasterly arc... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.

Miscellany

Derek Lovitch's newly published guide to birdfinding in Maine: WINGS leader Derek Lovitch is the lead editor of a newly published... (more)

South Africa 2017 pricing reduced!: Our ever-popular tour to South Africa has had a price reduction... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

Upcoming Tours

Upcoming guaranteed departures with limited space.

Ecuador: Amazon Lowlands with Steve Howell - Amazonian lowland birding richness from a very comfortable base. August 6-14.

South Africa with Steve Rooke - Almost 100 endemic or near-endemic birds plus spring wildflowers in the desert. Birding experiences range from the dry scrub of the Kalahari to coastal marshes to offshore currents with large congregations of seabirds. September 3 - 17.

Arizona and Utah with Jake Mohlmann - Breathtaking southwestern landscapes and exciting birdwatching. One space remains. September 5 -17.

Peru: Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road with Rich Hoyer - Some of the most exciting birding in South America, from the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu down the eastslope of the Andes and into the foothill rainforests of Manu Biosphere Reserve. September 10 - 21.

Full list of confirmed tours with space

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Singing Quail can usually be seen on our tour, Honduras: Pico Bonito Lodge, Lago de Yojoa, and La Tigra.

Photo: Steve Howell



From the Field

June 19: Evan Obercian on his just-concluded tour, Minnesota and North Dakota: North Woods to Prairies

This year’s Minnesota and North Dakota tour was a delight, with lovely summery weather and a great... (more)

May 31:  Paul French reports from Mongolia

After a week of camping in the wilds of the Mongolian Gobi desert, the Sunbird/WINGS tour to Mongolia... (more)

May 23: Gavin Bieber on his just-concluded tour, Arizona: Owls and Warblers

Our tour coincided with a period of unseasonably cool, overcast weather (including some highly unusual... (more)

May 19: Paul Lehman summarizes the highlights of his three April-May 2017 West Coast cruises, two to British Columbia and one to Alaska

All three WINGS West Coast cruises during April and May 2017 were successful in recording multiple Laysan... (more)

May 9: Gavin Bieber on his and Evan Obercian's just-completed tour, Florida: The South, the Keys and the Dry Tortugas

We just wrapped up a fun week exploring from Fort Myers to Key West. We started with a day in the dry... (more)

See all recent From the Field submissions here.


Our Leaders & Staff

Brian Finch

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Brian Finch was born in the U.K., virtually popping out into the world with the binoculars already around his neck. During his early teens, while at Battersea Grammar School in London, he joined the Beddington Sewage Farm ringing group. The kindness... (more)

Featured Tour

South Africa: Kalahari to the Cape

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South Africa is a very popular destination for birdwatchers, and a glance at one of its many excellent field guides soon reveals why. Over 700 different bird species occur here, of which over 100 are endemic or near-endemic. Thousands of kilometers of shoreline harbor migrant and resident birds, and some of the largest concentrations of seabirds... (more)

AZ Birding

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