Welcome to Paradise Birding! We specialize in leading small groups on carefully crafted birding and natural history tours to such celebrated U.S. destinations as Florida's Dry Tortugas, Texas's Hill Country and Arizona's Sky Islands. Since 2014, we have continued to expand our international tours to include Honduras, Peru, Sicily, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe and Borneo. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!
January 25-29: Oregon Coast Tour
February 1-5: Wallowa Winter Tour
February 25-March 5: Pacific Mexico Tour
March 1-5: Mexico Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Retreat with Christine Elder
October 23-Nov 8: Malaysian Borneo Tour
Dec 1-20: Northern Peru Tour
OR...schedule your own private Custom Tour!
This book is a complete guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North America’s 23 woodpecker species. From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention.
The Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America is available now from Amazon Books.
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 given numerous public presentations and authored many articles on the subject of birds and also enjoys bird photography, having taken most of the photos for this website. Steve resides in Bend, Oregon. Learn more about Steve and Paradise Birding.
Steve, I will always choose to go on a birding trip with you. Your 'reinvented' approach; your in-depth knowledge, which you readily share; your continued curiosity and love of discovery; and your focus on conservation; all make your tours more meaningful and enriching for me.
- Jeri Edwards, Westlake Village, California
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
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