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, High Island in Texas, and the Woodpecker Wonderland of Central Oregon. In 2016 we are expanding our international tours to include Honduras, Peru, Sicily, Mexico, Guadeloupe and Borneo. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!
January 14–20: Nature Sketching Retreat, HONDURAS
January 22–30: Birding Tour, HONDURAS
February 8–15: Island Endemics of JAMAICA
February 20–March 2: Pacific MEXICO—Colima to Nayarit
February 27–March 3: Nature Sketching Retreat, MEXICO
April 2–8: Eastern TEXAS Pineywoods and High Island
April 21¬–May 1: Southern FLORIDA Spring Migration
May 15–30: Wings, Wines & Wonders of SICILY
June 6–11: Central OREGON’s Woodpecker Wonderland
October 5–22: Equatorial Rainforests of MALAYSIAN BORNEO
November 5–10: Caribbean Endemics of GUADELOUPE
December 2–17: Northern PERU Endemic Paradise
OR...schedule your own private Custom Tour!
Reserve your spot on a tour on our Reservations page.
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 for pre-order from Amazon Books.
Join Steve on a Woodpecker Wonderland tour in central Oregon to learn about woodpeckers first-hand from the author!
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