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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!

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Steve's Travel Blog from his Northern Peru trip September 18-25.

Steve was invited on a very special familiarization tour of Peru hosted by the Peruvian Association of Eco and Adventure Tourism Group, led by birding guide Wilson Diaz of Green Tours. Peru holds nearly 1/5th of all the world's species of birds.

Visit Steve's Peru birding BLOG here.

Paradise Birding had a full tour schedule for our summer trips.

In June, we went to the wilds of the far north, visiting Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Barrow and the Pribilof Islands (visit our Alaska tour blog)

July was full with our signature Woodpecker Wonderland tours in our own east Cascade Mountains of central Oregon.

August saw us visiting the sky islands and Sonora desert of southeastern Arizona during the summer monsoon season. (visit our Arizona bird watching tour blog)

The fall months will have us on the road nearly continuously, with scouting trips and tours to Italy, the Caribbean and Mexico.

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2015 TOURS


Wings, Wines and Wonders of Sicily

October 4-17th, 2014

As the tour title suggests, we will be enjoying equally the birds, cuisines and historical wonders of this magical Italian island.
Leading our tour from the Italian side, we are thrilled to introduce you to one of the best naturalists we have met anywhere, Sicilian native Andrea Corso. Andrea has seen more birds in Italy than anyone in the world, and he literally wrote the book on the birds of Sicily, Avifauna di Sicilia. But Andrea’s knowledge goes far beyond the island’s birdlife. He knows the archaeology, architecture, and viticulture; he will take us to the best gelato and the freshest seafood; and he will entertain us with colorful stories and music of his homeland. Having Andrea as our local guide makes this trip truly world-class.



Stephen photographed this pale-billed woodpecker on his March trip to Mexico for the Vallarta Birding Festival.

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steve shunk, paradise birding tours owner and guideSteve 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 led tours in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Mexico, and in Alberta, Canada and Sicily, Italy. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird Conservancy and served as its first President; co-founded the Oregon Birding Trails program and coordinated its flagship project, the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. His woodpecker research began in 1997 on the east slope of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and quickly expanded across the continent. Steve has coordinated bird surveys for various agencies and organizations in Oregon and California, including research on the Black-backed woodpecker with the Institute for Bird Populations.Steve resides in Bend, Oregon.


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 accomplishment.
-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 your praises!
-Edge Wade, Columbia, MO


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Praise for Paradise Birding Tours & Steve Shunk

“You are totally awesome! Your trip was perfectly planned...and we had an excellent experience. I can also say that I've never eaten so well on a tour before.”

-Bingham Gibbs and Friends, Danville, CA

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