Private Birding Tours

Your own private naturalist ... when and where you want!

We specialize in leading woodpecker-themed tours on the eastern slope of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, which hosts an astonishing 11 species of woodpeckers within a few miles of our home base in Bend, Oregon. But our private trips go well beyond the Cascades. If you're planning a trip anywhere in Oregon and would like to include some birding time, we'd love to help.


Full day (up to 10 hours)—$350
Half day (up to 6 hours)—$250
Hourly (up to 4 hours)—$50/hour

All of the above include the use of our vehicle and up to 100 miles of travel; cost for extra miles or extra hours is negotiable. Deduct 10% if you prefer to use your vehicle, with unlimited travel miles. Depending on the season, the weather, or your specific interests, full days can be split into two 5-hour sessions: either morning and afternoon on the same day or two successive mornings, subject to availability. Lunch is not included on full days, and we do not expect you to provide or buy lunch for our guides.


We offer discounts as follows for multiple days in the same region or in different parts of the state:
2 full days—$315/day
3 full days—$295/day

These rates still include only 100 travel miles per day in our vehicle. If you wish to have the same guide travel with you to different destinations, you are responsible for the guide’s food and lodging expenses.


Pick your dream destination and let us take you there! We have birding and travel experience in 14 North American states and provinces and on four continents (so far!), with local guides in all of our international destinations. We have guided for Audubon chapters, local bird clubs, corporate groups, or just small groups of friends and family. With adequate notice, you can pick your dates and destination, and we do all the planning and execution of your custom adventure. Select from any of the destinations at the bottom of our Birding Tours page and let us do the work!

How to register for Private or Custom Tours

For private tours in Oregon, download the private tour registration forms and return them to us—electronically or manually—with a $100 deposit. Full balance is due 30 days before the departure date. If you register within 30 days of the trip, the entire tour fee is due with registration. From 60 days to 30 days before your departure, your $100 deposit is non-refundable. After 30 days, all payments are non-refundable.

To inquire about custom packages or special group tours, please contact Steve Shunk by email.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Thank you for a wonderful week. You are a superb guide – I’ve been amazed at your skill, appreciative of your sensitivity, and delighted by your humor and great attitude.
— Terry Martine
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