Tours


From time to time, WFO offers extended tours and expeditions, often to international birding sites of special ornithological interest. Some expeditions focus on research while others offer expert leadership and access to places usually inaccessible to the general public.

Birding the Central Sierra

20–28 June 2016

Registration to open for WFO members in November with the exact date and time
to be announced via a WFO News email.

Join leaders Jon Dunn, Lena Hayashi, Ed Pandolfino, and Dave Quady for an eight-day trip to enjoy the amazing variety of birds breeding in the Central Sierra Nevada. We will visit the many diverse habitats of the region looking and listening for Sierra specialties such as Mountain Quail, Spotted and Flammulated Owls, Black Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Williamson's Sapsucker, White-headed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pinyon Jay, Canyon Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, and Red Crossbill. In addition, we will use our observations to address a number of questions about under-studied aspects of the status and distribution of Sierra birds.

Full Tour Details



Past Tours and Expeditions

Board Retreat in Zzyzx, California
October 9-11, 2015

The Birds of New Zealand
November 23 – December 8, 2014    [click to read the recap by Kurt Leuschner]

Montana with Ed Harper and Bruce Hallett
May 25 – June 2, 2014

Northeast California
24 June-1 July 2013   [click to read the recap by Ken Able, Jon Dunn, Lena Hayashi, and Dave Quady]

Western Field Ornithologists trip to Cuba, March 2013
18-30 March 2013   [click to read the recap by Jon Dunn]

Birding California's South-central Sierra
July 7-13, 2011   [click to read the narrative by Jon Dunn]

2nd Annual Purple Martin Survey Expedition on Tejon Ranch, California
June 27-July 1, 2011    [click to read the abstract of the survey results published in "Western Birds"]

Birding the Middle Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico
February 16-21, 2011   [click to read the narrative and annotated species list by Dave Krueper]

Western Field Ornithologists trip to Cuba, October-November 2010
25 October - 7 November 2010   [click to read the recap by Jon Dunn]

Field Expedition to the Colorado River Delta
October 17-19, 2010   [click to read the narrative and annotated species list by Dave Krueper]

Sierra de Alamos y Río Cuchujaqui Bio-Blitz Results
June 27 - July 3, 2010   [click to read the recap by Carol Beardmore, John Arnett and Dave Krueper.]
[Click here for gallery of bird photos from this expedition.]


Tejon Ranch Purple Martin Survey
June 29 - July 2, 2010   [click to read the recap by Ed Pandolfino, Mike White & Andrea Jones]

Western Field Ornithologists trip to Cuba, November 2008
November 3-12, 2008   [click to read the recap by Kimball Garrett]

Field Expedition to the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve
July 13-19, 2008   [click to read the recap by Dave Krueper]