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 Barrow, Alaska. We also lead international tours to Sicily and Mexico. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!
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June 11-20, 2014
I am excited to introduce our inaugural tour to Alaska, featuring the Kenai Peninsula and the arctic wonderland of Barrow.
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FOLLOW OUR WINTER SCOUTING TRIP BLOG
We spent the winter holiday in Alaska chasing rare bird sightings and scouting for our June tour.See our blog at Alaska Scouting Blog.
This August, we will return to Southeastern Arizona to experience the annual summer monsoon during our encore “Summer of Hummers” birding tour, where we will experience hundreds of hummingbirds of up to 13 species darting between feeding stations and native blossoms throughout the region. In case hummers aren’t enough incentive, we will also look for up to 20 different flycatchers, plus 15 species each of warblers and sparrows and such magical birds as the elegant Trogon and Montezuma Quail!
TWO SPACES REMAIN
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Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park
May 10 & 11th, 2014
Join Stephen for free birding walks at the 36th annual Mother's Day Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park on May 10 & 11th. This Oregon park in the heart of the Willamette Valley's temperate rain forest sports world class waterfalls and pristine habitat for birdwatching. There will be lots to do for both parents and kids with live raptor shows, bird sketching classes, bird box building, a native plant sale and lots more!
Stephen's partner, Christine Elder, will be teaching bird and wildflower sketching workshops over the weekend as well. Learn more about Christine's nature sketching classes here.
This tour includes Brazos Bend State Park,a variety of bird sanctuaries, the Bolivar Peninsula and High Island, then in to the heart of the East Texas Pineywoods.
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April 28-May 3
Our tour route begins and ends in San Antonio, at the edge of the Edwards Plateau, also known as the Texas Hill Country. We will spend four full days and two half-days birding this diverse region, in search of two very special endangered species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. We'll explore Kickapoo Caverns State Park, Fort Clark Springs, Garner State Park,Lost Maples Natural Area, Sabinal River and the Kerr Wildlife Area.
Follow us on our Texas Hill Country blog HERE
Stephen photographed this pale-billed woodpecker on his March trip to Mexico for the Vallarta Birding Festival.
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.
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 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
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
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
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“You are totally awesome! Your trip was perfectly planned...and we had an excellent experience. I can also say that I've never eaten so well on a tour before.”
-Bingham Gibbs and Friends, Danville, CA
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