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 Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. In 2015 & 2016 we are expanding our international tours to include Honduras, Borneo, Peru, Mexico and the Caribbean. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!
(NW Washington & SW British Columbia).
February 1-10, 2015
Our encore winter tour to the Pacific Northwest never fails to impress, as we show you some of North America’s most outstanding winter birding. Spend 3 nights each in Delta, BC, La Conner, WA, and Port Townsend, WA. Click HERE to visit the Pacific Northwest birding tour webpage.
San Blas (Nayarit) and Cabo Corrientes (Jalisco).
February 23-March 3, 2015
Escape the winter doldrums with this exciting trip to Mexico’s Pacific Coast. With easy flights into Puerto Vallarta, we’ll venture south into Jalisco (4 nights) and north into Nayarit (4 nights) for a very relaxed tropical birding extravaganza.Click HERE to visit the Mexico birding tour webpage.
Stephen photographed this pale-billed woodpecker on his March trip to Mexico for the Vallarta Birding Festival.
In November, Steve headed to the Caribbean with a group of eight to the endemic-rich islands of Jamaica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where we saw over 222 species. This trip was planned in association with, and was in part a benefit for the nonprofit group Birds Caribbean . This tour was the first in a series of tours Stephen is planning for the future that are designed to educate participants and help support conservation efforts for threatened woodpeckers and their habitats. View Steve's photo gallery of Caribbean hummingbirds, birders & landscapes and our scouting trip bird list .
October took us with a full tour group to the amazing island of Sicily. We visited ancient Greek temples, still-operating Phoenician salt pans, and lavish Roman churches. We circumnavigated Sicily, visiting wetlands, forests, and mountains. We tasted local wines, cheeses, seafood, and sweets, and we stayed in quaint agritourismi near medieval hilltop villages. As a bonus, we tallied over 140 bird species, including several Sicilian endemics. Check out our Birding Sicily travel blog of the tour. Stay tuned for news on our upcoming tour to several small Sicilian islands next spring, May 14-26, 2015.
In September, Steve joined a “familiarization” tour to northern Peru, sponsored by the Peruvian Association of Eco & Adventure Tourism, and led by birding guide Wilson Diaz of Green Tours. Steve tallied nearly 200 life birds on this whirlwind 7-day trip, including 40 different hummingbirds and 37 tanagers. Subscribe to Steve’s tour blog and stay tuned as he adds each day’s highlights. Then, join our first official tour to Northern Peru, December 1-19, 2015.
Visit Steve's Birding Northern Peru blog and see his bird Trip List .
The August monsoon arrived on schedule, painting Southeastern Arizona with blooming cacti and wildflowers, plus 150 bird species that included 11 hummingbirds. We also enjoyed 3 rattlesnake species and a fun harem of javelinas. Check out our Arizona travel blog. Our 2015 return to the region runs August 3-15 and includes a new and expanded itinerary.
In June, we went to the wilds of the far north, visiting Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Barrow and the Pribilof Islands (visit our Alaska tour blog) and enjoying views of nesting seabirds, marine mammals, calving glaciers and arctic tundra.
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.
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
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
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’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
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-Bingham Gibbs and Friends, Danville, CA
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