Private and Custom
Your own private naturalist ... when and where
you want. Let us show you around Central Oregon, Northern
California or Malheur Refuge in Eastern Oregon. Let us take you
birding on the Oregon Coast or in the High Cascades. Regardless of
where we go, we guarantee you will have a good time!
FLEXIBLE RATES AND
Design a custom tour
Our basic rates include expert guiding and
instruction and transportation (up to 100 mi./day) in our vehicle.
Here is the basic rate structure:
$225/half-day (5-6 hrs.)
$335/full-day (7-10 hrs.)
We charge $0.50/mile for any miles over 100 traveled per day. If we
use your vehicle, we reduce the full-day rate to $305. However,
depending on your "target" species and the season of travel, we may
require the use of our four-wheel-drive or high-clearance
Multi-day and 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
2 days: $295/day
3 or more days: $280/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.
Special Groups and Gift Certificates
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
Different Daily Guides
If you are traveling on a tight budget, we can arrange a private
tour with one of our local guides in each region you wish to visit,
thereby saving you the cost of covering our expenses.
Trip Planning Service
you are on a super-tight budget, you could simply pay is to plan
your trip for you. For this, we charge:
$50/hour, with a minimum charge of $50. The total
cost varies with the length of your trip, but the service includes
an optimal route and best birding spots, as well as lodging and
food recommendations. We can even prepare maps for you, at
Experience Woodpecker Wonderland!
In the summer of 2009, we started a new rate
structure for daily woodpecker tours. These are different from
regular private tours in the following
--Limited to Sisters and Camp
--We target primarily woodpecker species, although we will
certainly still share our broad knowledge of all birds encountered
along with local natural history and conservation.
--We will take up to 9 birders per day (2 guides for 7 or more
--Tours run on a fixed schedule, that is, you must plan to remain
with the group for 4 or 8 hours, depending on the
As with our regular private tours, we will pick
you up at and return you to your place of lodging. All Woodpecker
Tours require a minimum of 2 people. Rates are as follows:
Half-day Woodpecker Tour (4
hours) - $75/person
Full-day Woodpecker Tour (8 hours) -
We can often run Woodpecker Tours with 12 hours notice, although
you are encouraged to contact us in the morning to check
availability for the same day.
TAKE ME BIRDING!
us or call 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. We have guides throughout the state
waiting to show you some of the best birding in the West!