WELCOME TO PARADISE BIRDING

Join us for the best bird watching tours in North America and beyond! 

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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!

Download our complete Paradise Birding Tours Calendar for 2014.

FEATURED BIRDING TOURS

Awesome Alaska !

horned puffinJune 11-20, 2014

I am excited to introduce our inaugural tour to Alaska, featuring the Kenai Peninsula and the arctic wonderland of Barrow.
TWO SPACES REMAIN

VIEW ALASKA TOUR ITINERARY


FOLLOW OUR WINTER SCOUTING TRIP BLOG
We spent the winter holiday in Alaska chasing rare bird sightings and scouting for our June tour.See our blog at Alaska Scouting Blog.

JUST PUBLISHED !

Stephen's latest article was just published in BIRDING. Titled Puzzling Flickers, Understanding Introgression, it's in the March/April 2014 issue. If you don't already subscribe to this American Birding Association magazine here's the LINK TO THE ABA WEBSITE .

BIRDING SILVER FALLS STATE PARK

Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park
May 10 & 11th, 2014

silver falls state park birdingJoin Stephen for free birding walks at the 36th annual Mother's Day Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park on May 10 & 11th. This Oregon park in the heart of the Willamette Valley's temperate rain forest sports world class waterfalls and pristine habitat for birdwatching. There will be lots to do for both parents and kids with live raptor shows, bird sketching classes, bird box building, a native plant sale and lots more!

Stephen's partner, Christine Elder, will be teaching bird and wildflower sketching workshops over the weekend as well. Learn more about Christine's nature sketching classes here.

View event flyer here or visit the festival website here.

 

 


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SPRING TOURS

East Texas Pineywoods & Gulf Coast

reddish egretApril 22-27

This tour includes Brazos Bend State Park,a variety of bird sanctuaries, the Bolivar Peninsula and High Island, then in to the heart of the East Texas Pineywoods.
ONE SPACE REMAINS

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Central Texas Hill Country

painted buntingApril 28-May 3

Our tour route begins and ends in San Antonio, at the edge of the Edwards Plateau, also known as the Texas Hill Country. We will spend four full days and two half-days birding this diverse region, in search of two very special endangered species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. We'll explore Kickapoo Caverns State Park, Fort Clark Springs, Garner State Park,Lost Maples Natural Area, Sabinal River and the Kerr Wildlife Area.

Follow us on our Texas Hill Country blog HERE

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PALE-BILLED WOODPECKER

Stephen photographed this pale-billed woodpecker on his March trip to Mexico for the Vallarta Birding Festival.

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STEVE SHUNK OWNER & LEAD GUIDE

steve shunk, paradise birding tours owner and guideSteve 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.

PRAISE FOR PARADISE BIRDING

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 accomplishment.
-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 your praises!
-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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OUR BIRDING TOURS

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Tour Calendar

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- 2014 Paradise Birding Tour Calendar

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Praise for Paradise Birding Tours & Steve Shunk

“You are totally awesome! Your trip was perfectly planned...and we had an excellent experience. I can also say that I've never eaten so well on a tour before.”

-Bingham Gibbs and Friends, Danville, CA

Read many more testimonials from satisfied clients.

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Bird Images and Bird Lists

Visit galleries of bird images on Picasa and see our species lists from past tours.

Bird Video Clips

-Check out our videos page or visit our new YouTube Channel with lots of interesting videos of birds in the wild.
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Published Articles by Steve Shunk

Enjoy reading a variety of birding related articles written by Steve Shunk of Paradise Birding.

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