Woodpecker Wonderland & Malheur Region

Dates: May 15-24, 2019
2018 Tour Fee: $2,765 single / $2,485 double occupancy
Leaders: Steve Shunk plus add'l local guide
Questions: Contact Paradise Birding owner Steve Shunk
How to Register: Click the button below to view and download the tour itinerary and registration form.



By popular demand, we are excited to announce the return of our special summer vacations in Central Oregon! 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. Perhaps the most amazing example of this diversity lies in Central Oregon’s abundance of woodpeckers, with 11 species recorded nesting in just 100 square miles. From the blackest of burned forests to the magnificent aspen galleries, we invite you to “Woodpecker Wonderland”. Join the return of our signature tour to explore not only the bird life, but also the incomparable beauty of the Cascades, and we will send you home with memories to last a lifetime.


My birding tours with Steve Shunk/Paradise Birding are memorable highlights of my birding ‘career.’ Woodpecker Wonderland was one of my favorite guided tours ever. ... If I could, I would sign up to tour with Stephen Shunk again in a heartbeat, knowing that my comfort and my birding experience would be GREAT!
— Connie Sandlin, former Vice President, Field Trips, for a Dallas, Texas birding club
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
I greatly enjoyed your field trip and deeply appreciated your willingness to share blackbacked woodpecker and quail information. You make the woods come alive through sensitivity of observation and thorough, well-crafted information. You are truly a naturalist- in contrast to merely a bird guide. I say you are the genuine article.
— Allen Hagood, Portland Oregon
You and Christine are ‘totally awesome’. Your trip was perfectly planned, you rallied with our punches, and we had an excellent experience. I have never eaten so well on a tour. Thanks for everything
— Larry Gibbs, Danville CA
I hugely enjoyed our 2 days birding together, in which we saw an impressive number of species for me, who would have encountered only a fraction of that if not for you. You marveled me with the number of bird voices you recognize, your ability to imitate many of them, and the breadth and depth of your knowledge of birds
— Andy Nelson, Aumsville, Oregon
I would highly recommend any trip that Steve Shunk leads.
— Janine Free