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 Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. In 2015 & 2016 we are expanding our international tours to include Honduras, Borneo, Peru, Mexico and the Caribbean. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!
Woodpecker Wonderland - Birding The Central Oregon Cascades -
June 10-14 and July 8-12, 2015. $1,990 single/$1,750 double
Almost sold out - contact Steve for availability!
Enjoy an amazing diversity of birds, with nearly 180 breeding species, including 11 different woodpeckers! From recently burned forests to magnificent aspen galleries, we want to share the incomparable beauty of the Cascades.
Northern Alberta, Canada - Boreal Forests & Rocky Mountains
June 24-July 5, 2015.
$5,160 single/$4,250 double
We have 3 spaces left for our return journey to Northern Alberta, where we could see up to 20 species each of warblers and sparrows, plus White-tailed Ptarmigan, Black Swift, Northern Hawk-Owl, and American Three-toed Woodpecker. We combine the boreal forest with Jasper’s magnificent northern Rockies, timed for the peak of nesting season, for a world-class birding vacation that will take your breath away.
Visit our Alberta Tour page
During our 10 day tour in April we saw 150 species of birds, plus alligator,crocodile,turtle, manatee, Key deer and more. Special views were had of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Mangrove Cuckoo, Swallow-tailed Kite, Florida Scrub Jay, Wood Stork, Spoonbill, Limpkin, White Ibis, and a Sandhill Crane family with their colt.
More about Florida on our News page.
Our February/March tour in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico was a resounding success, in which we racked up 251 species in 10 days, including over 30 regional endemics such as the spectacular Citreoline Trogan, Orange-breasted Bunting, Lilac-crowned Parrot and the Black-throated Magpie Jay. We explored the San Blas (Nayarit) and Cabo Corrientes (Jalisco) areas including diverse habitats from coastal mangrove swamps to pine/oak forests. Check out our tour species list or visit the Mexico Tour page to learn more.
We will return to this area of Mexico in March 2016 to lead another tour and to participate in the Vallarta Bird Festival.
We ventured WAY south of the border in January to research birding hotspots in Honduras and stayed at the bird-friendly Lodge at Pico Bonito.We also visited the Honduran Bay Island of Guanaja where Steve photographed the genetically isolated subspecies of the Yucatan Woodpecker Yucatan pygmaeus tysoni.
In 10 short days we saw 156 species including toucans, aracaris, oropendolas, parrots, trogans, motmots, manakins, many hummingbirds and of course woodpeckers. Highlights included the Lovely Cotinga, Little Tinamou, Rufous Mourner, Green Shrike-vireo, Dusky Antbird, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Keel-billed Motmot, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Brown-hooded Parrot, Eye-ringed Flatbill, Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet, Slate-colored Solitaire, Golden-hooded Tanager, Boat-billed Heron and Limpkin. Visit our travel blog from Honduras.
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 given numerous public presentations and authored many articles on the subject of birds and also enjoys bird photography, having taken most of the photos for this website. Steve resides in Bend, Oregon. Learn more about Steve and Paradise Birding.
Steve, I will always choose to go on a birding trip with you. Your 'reinvented' approach; your in-depth knowledge, which you readily share; your continued curiosity and love of discovery; and your focus on conservation; all make your tours more meaningful and enriching for me.
- Jeri Edwards, Westlake Village, California
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
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
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’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