South Florida & Dry Tortugas Birding Tour

Dates: April 23-May 3, 2019
Tour Fee: $6,160 double, $5,390 single
Leaders: Steve Shunk  and second guide
Questions: Contact Paradise Birding owner Steve Shunk
How to Register: Click here or on the button below to view and download the tour itinerary and registration form.

I first visited Florida in 1997, just when Paradise Birding was getting off the ground. Such Florida specialties as Limpkin, Snail Kite, and Florida Scrub-Jay made the trip more than memorable, ensuring that I would return. It wasn’t until 2009 that I finally made it back to the Sunshine State to visit such legendary birding spots as Sanibel Island, the Everglades, and the Dry Tortugas, along with enjoying the eastern “red” woodpeckers: the Red-bellied, Red-headed, and Red-cockaded.

Picture yourself on a large sand bar, with tired warblers at your feet and 1000s of screaming terns overhead. Welcome to the Dry Tortugas! Now, picture yourself on a winding boardwalk surrounded by Anhingas and alligators (at a safe distance). Welcome to the Everglades! And now, picture yourself enjoying such special birds as the White-crowned Pigeon, Black-whiskered Vireo, Mangrove Cuckoo, and Snail Kite.  Welcome to southern Florida! In addition to its plethora of North American endemic species, this region also hosts the highest concentration of 'countable' exotic birds in the continental U.S., including: Egyptian Goose, Purple Swamphen, Nanday Parakeet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, and Spot-breasted Oriole.

We invite you on this epic springtime adventure to the southernmost lands—and islands—of the Florida Peninsula. Join us for some of the most exciting birding in North America at the peak of spring migration! 

-Your Host and Trail Boss, Stephen Shunk

Steve is a fantastic guide, and has mad birding skills. Each day of the tour was filled with a personalized birding experience as well as good food, camaraderie, and fun. Steve and Christine are fantastic hosts, obviously enjoy what they do, and love sharing their passion for nature-travel with others.
— Carter Moore