Welcome to Paradise Birding! We specialize in leading small groups on carefully crafted birding and natural history tours to such celebrated destinations as Southeastern Arizona, the Texas Hill Country, Florida's Dry Tortugas, and Barrow, Alaska. We also lead international tours to Sicily and Mexico. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!
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March 9-16th, 2014
Spring break has never been as wonderful as a week in San Blas, Mexico. We will spend six nights in the region, while we sample all the local habitats and experience the colors, the cultures, and the cuisine of this delightful subtropical paradise. Extend your birding vacation by attending the Vallarta Bird Festival described below.
Paradise Birding owner Steve Shunk will be leading walks and talks during the Vallarta International Birding Festival again in 2014 which occurs just before our Mexico tour. The Banderas Bay Region is home to over 300 species of different birds and will be the site for the Festival, which is hosted by the Vallarta Bird Conservancy and will kick off at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Four action packed days of birding and natures walks with expert guides in unique habitats will be sure to satisfy even the most advanced birders, and lectures from local and international authorities on many interesting bird and birding related topics will round out the festival.
November 21-24, 2013
In the early spring of 1997, I first ventured into Oregon’s Great Basin. I was so taken by the area's vastness, its wildness, and its beauty, that I moved there one month later. Since that fateful summer, I have returned repeatedly, in all seasons, to experience the region's ineffable magnetism. After ten years making dozens of trips to this Great Basin oasis, we invite you to share the “Magic of Malheur” at the onset of winter.
January 8-12, 2014
The forbidding arctic winter drives countless northern breeding birds southward to spend the season in milder climes. Dozens of songbird and raptor species make their way south until they reach winter foraging grounds just across the Canadian border. Those that migrate west of the Rockies run into a formidable barrier in Northeast Oregon. Here they gather in large concentrations to overwinter in the shadow of the Wallowa Mountains.
February 10-16, 2014
From the High Cascades and Coast Ranges to the broad deltas of some of the continent’s largest rivers, the Pacific Northwest offers one of North America’s best winter birding spectacles. Hundreds of Bald Eagles line the shores and fields of the region, and raptor numbers in general reach epic proportions.
February 20-23, 2014
From the mouth of the Columbia River southward along spectacular rocky bluffs and into rich tidal estuaries, the northern Oregon Coast offers some seriously productive winter birding.
Steve Shunk is the founder, owner and lead guide for Paradise Birding, based out of central Oregon. Steve began birding in 1989 in San Jose, California and began teaching birding classes in 1992. He founded Paradise Birding tour company in 1997. Steve has led tours in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Mexico, and in Alberta, Canada and Sicily, Italy. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird Conservancy and served as its first President; co-founded the Oregon Birding Trails program and coordinated its flagship project, the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. His woodpecker research began in 1997 on the east slope of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and quickly expanded across the continent. Steve has coordinated bird surveys for various agencies and organizations in Oregon and California, including research on the Black-backed woodpecker with the Institute for Bird Populations.Steve resides in Bend, Oregon.
Our favorite birding guide is Steve Shunk from Paradise Birding, who led my husband on his first trip back in 1996. Steve is a very gifted birder, an excellent
teacher and naturalist, and a wonderful ambassador for birding.
-Bill Walker and Mary Wiznewski, San Jose CA
I couldn’t have asked for a more generous, enthusiastic,
knowledgeable guide. Furthermore, you exhibit the
ethics and morals of any true naturalist.
-Melissa York, Medford, OR
Steve’s great birding skills, along with his intimate
knowledge of the area, gave us all a memorable
experience, one I will treasure for a lifetime.
-Kevin Pickard, Thousand Oaks, CA
Steve has a generous, unassuming ability to share
exciting discoveries with less knowledgeable enthusiasts
such as myself, making the discovery a shared
-Laurie O’Conner, Burns, OR
Steve’s obvious passion for the experience is a very
important part of what he brings to these trips.
-John Kailey, Tumalo, OR
Thank you for a wonderful two days. We are singing
-Edge Wade, Columbia, MO
Thank you Steve for a wonderful trip. I was delighted to get my Mountain Quail on the first day, but then the rest of the trip was way beyond my expectations
-Judith O'Neale, Lafayette, LA
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