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.
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The Birds of New Zealand – November 23 – December 8, 2014
Western Field Ornithologists and Nature Quest New Zealand have combined forces to offer an exclusive two week birding program to the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Leaders will be Mark Ayre of Nature Quest and WFO Board member Kurt Leuschner. This tour will visit the prime birding areas on both islands. We expect to encounter 80-85% of the endemic landbird species in addition to a good number of offshore endemics. We will also learn about the ecology and natural history of the areas we will visit.
Montana with Ed Harper and Bruce Hallett – May 25 - June 2, 2014
Western Field Ornithologists offers this outstanding opportunity to visit a unique and critical component of our nation’s wildlife legacy – the short grass prairie and glacially formed wetlands of eastern Montana. "Target" Species include: Sharp-tailed and Greater Sage Grouse, Piping Plover, Upland, White-rumped, and Stilt Sandpipers, Sedge Wren, Sprague's Pipit, Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspurs, Baird's Sparrows, and more.
Past Tours and Expeditions
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]