Your own private naturalist ... when and where you want!
We can arrange a customized private tour for your group to any of the U.S. or International destinations that we already lead group tours to, such as birding hotspots like the Texas Hill Country, Southern Arizona, or Costa Rica. Regardless of where we go, we guarantee you will have a good time!
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We specialize in leading woodpecker themed tours in the East Cascades of Oregon where you can find an astonishing 11 species of woodpeckers within 100 square miles of our home base in Bend, Oregon.
We run regularly scheduled woodpecker-themed tours as well as customized private tours.
If you're planning a trip to our home base in Bend, Oregon, and would like to include some bird watching time, we'd love to help. We recommend scheduling your trip during the summer months, at the exciting height of the nesting season here in central Oregon.
We can take you out bird watching for a half day (early mornings are best), full day, or multiple days, any day of the week.
Your guide will be either Paradise Birding's owner, Steve Shunk, or one of our acclaimed local guides. You may like to read the fantastic testimonials for Steve and our other guides.
Our schedule fills quickly so make your reservation soon. Contact Steve Shunk to chat about the details.
The eastern slope of the Oregon Cascades epitomizes habitat diversity. Eastward from the Cascades crest, alpine meadows give way to mixed-conifer forests, which yield to ponderosa pine, eventually reaching the expansive juniper and sagebrush of Oregon’s high desert. This swath of habitats invites a broad diversity of birds, with nearly 180 species breeding each summer. Check out our list of bird species commonly observed during our central Cascades birding trips.
Our basic rates include expert guiding and instruction and transportation (up to 100 mi./day) in our vehicle. Here is the basic rate structure:
- $250 for a half-day up to 6 hours
($215 if using your vehicle)
- $350 for a full-day up to 10 hours
($300 if using your vehicle)
- $50/hour after 10 hours
We charge $0.50/mile for any miles over 100 traveled per day.
Are you scheduling a trip to the region for your local Audubon chapter? How about a family reunion or a business group you want to reward? We will work with you individually to develop a custom itinerary and a rate structure that fit your budget. We also offer gift certificates in any amount that are valid for any private or group tours.
Let's say you want to bird the coast for shorebirds and then the Cascades for woodpeckers. We will decrease our daily rate for extra days in the field. The following rates are based on the use of our vehicle (subtract $30/day if we use your vehicle):
-2 days: $315/day
-3 or more days: $290/day
These rates do not include expenses, such as lodging and food, which we expect will be incurred during multi-day trips. You may choose to pay us a $100 per diem in advance of your tour, or you may pay the actual expenses directly. For multi-day tours within Central Oregon (Bend area) no per diem will be expected.
Contact Steve Shunk to discuss your custom tour or call Paradise Birding at 541-408-1753 with any questions related to private or special group birding tours. Tell us where you want to go and when, and what birds you'd like to see; we will get back to you as soon as possible with a custom itinerary that meets your desires.
I loved that Mountain Quail experience, and that Bittern and that Prairie Falcon!
-Joelle Finley, New Orleans LA
Bill and I have many good memories of our day strolling through burnt out forests with Steve in search of the Three-toed Woodpecker. And finding it, after 8 hours or so! And then that Pgymy Owl nailing the chipmunk -- that was memorable!
-Bill & Dolores, Santa Barbara CA
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
Read more fantastic testimonials from our guests.
We had a great time with Chuck, He's a great birder, very personable, and we enjoyed our whole day. We'd go with him anytime, anywhere. ... Thanks so much for setting us up with such a great guide.
- Mary Krentz, Oakland, CA
I have only the best to report about my experience with Paradise Birding, and with Chuck Gates (organizer) and Steve Kornfeld (guide) in particular. These gentlemen planned for and led a superbly fun and productive day of birding in the Sisters area of Central Oregon; I finished the day with several life birds and a wealth of delightful memories. I offer my most enthusiastic endorsement for this organization and its exceptional people.
-Chris Hollister, Buffalo NY
We had a delightful time with Diane (Pettey) ... we got to see a dipper (2nd ever!) and our first ever olive-sided flycatcher. It was a wonderful day on the Oregon Coast.-Robyn Puffenbarger, Bridgewater VA
"Tony was fantastic! Very personable, knowledgeable, and helped us gain five lifers during the day. The weather was ridiculously fantastic to boot. Thank you for offering such a terrific guide & service."
- Amy & Carl Wilms, Connersville, IN
"Thank you for setting up some great birding adventures ... . We truly enjoyed the area and the birding, but more importantly the time we spent with Tony and Lee. Their expertise in both regional areas was beyond our expectations. Tony has quite an ear for birds (as does Lee); without him hearing and searching for a target bird we would have missed many on our own. ... I was impressed by (Lee's) planning and his knowledge of Northwest Oregon and its history. We found more than half of his targeted species.
This was a fantastic trip and you have a couple of great guys on your team! ... We are extremely happy. I will gladly recommend Paradise Birding as well as guides Tony Kutzen and Lee Cain. They really made our trip memorable.
-Mark and Diane Davis, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida"