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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.

Booking from the UK

If you are from the United Kingdom, we appreciate that you may have some questions about the whole process from contacting the WINGS office, to booking, payment, flights, and joining the tour. Click here for detailed information on these points.

What's New

South Africa: The East, 9-27 November 2023, with Ethan Kistler and Steve Rooke -- South Africa has long been considered a prime birding... (more)

The Solomon Islands, 1-19 October 2024, with Ryan Chenery -- The Solomon Islands are one of the few remaining places... (more)

Zambia, Nov 26 - Dec 26 2023, with Ethan Kistler -- Zambia is a wonderfully scenic country in the middle... (more)

See the complete list of new WINGS tours here.


Susan Myers has a new book out about bird names: Listen to a podcast interview with Susan on the ABA website here... (more)

See all recent Miscellany here.

COVID 19 Updates

To view our covid protocol and policies, click here.

Guaranteed Tours

Honduras with Steve Howell - 23 February-4 March.

Cruise: Around Cape Horn with Fabrice Schmitt and Fernando Diaz - 5-19 March.

Vietnam with Susan Myers - 20 March-11 April.

Texas Upper Coast with Jon Feenstra - 13-20 April. One space remains.

Private Tours

WINGS organizes private tours worldwide. Details here.

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Pacific Golden-Plover on their way to wintering grounds in Asia occur in numbers on our tour Alaska: Fall Migration at Gambell.

Photo: Gavin Bieber

From the Home/From the Field

January 26: Jake Mohlmann reports from Argentina

We just wrapped up another WINGS tour through southern Argentina covering several distinct habitats like the vast wind-swept... (more)

January 25: Jared Clarke reports from our recent Newfoundland in Winter 2023 tour

The first of two “Newfoundland in Winter” tours this year was held January 7-13, with five excited birders braving... (more)

January 17: Steve Howell reports from the completion of his ever-popular San Blas, Mexico, tour.

Cloudless blue skies every day and warmer than usual temperatures made for a wonderful remedy to the cold and rain across... (more)

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Our Leaders & Staff

Ethan Kistler

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Ethan Kistler hails from Ohio and began birding at the age of 10 when he literally woke up one morning and decided that he wanted to become a birder. Since then he’s worked field jobs from Ohio to Alaska, traveled to 40 countries, and led birding... (more)

Featured Tour

Northern Finland and Arctic Norway

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This remarkable tour runs at the optimal time, giving us the best possible chance of finding the northern owls as well as seeing a wonderful collection of other resident species and summer visitors. We’ll begin in Finland, the land of over 180,000 lakes, and the westernmost outskirts of the vast Siberian taiga forest. Many migrant birds will... (more)

AZ Birding

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