Rio Grande Valley Birding Tour

Dates:  Returning in 2020
2018 Tour Fee: $2,480 double/ $2,780 single
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 2018 tour itinerary and registration form.



I grew up near Fort Worth, and as an adolescent, I had little appreciation for Texas. I vowed that, other than to visit my parents, I would have no reason to return. I was not a birder back then. In my adult years, since I started enjoying nature, my trips to Texas have taken on new meaning. Harris’s Sparrows in winter and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in summer made the visits quite enjoyable, and even exciting. I found that I could even tolerate the Texas heat in exchange for some adventurous birding! My first visit to the Lower Rio Grande Valley sealed the deal. My parents could now count on me visiting at least once a year, maybe two or three times! Many life-birds later, we are thrilled to invite you to South Texas to share its world-class birding at the onset of spring migration. Whatever your feelings about Texas, after one look at a Green Jay, you too will want to return.

-Your host and guide, Stephen Shunk


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