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"Our overall tour experience was excellent. The best 'features' were the two guides, Megan Crewe and Cory Gregory. Both have extensive knowledge about not only bird ID but also about bird behavior, ecology, and evolution. Megan was great as lead and really extended our knowledge of the Cape May area, which was previously rather limited. Cory was a fabulous bird guide in his own right. He will be a great asset to Field Guides. Both worked extremely hard providing for our comfort and birding experiences."
B.G., CAPE MAY MEGAN'S WAY

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Coppery-headed Emerald from our Costa Rica: Birding the Edges tour (Photo by guide Jay VanderGaast)
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CORY GREGORY: Field Guides Leader

Cory Gregory started learning birds on flashcards at the age of three, but it wasn't until the ripe age of ten that things started to get more serious. Since then he has traveled to Central and South America, Australia, and all 50 states to try to get his fill of birding (and it hasn't worked yet!).

Cory earned a B.S. in zoology in Michigan, where he also worked for Whitefish Point Bird Observatory for several seasons. He then ventured to Iowa State University, where he earned a M.S. studying Long-billed Curlews in Nebraska. As an avid shorebird ecologist, he has handled more than 2000 shorebirds of more than 30 species.

After finishing school, Cory worked for several organizations as a shorebird ecologist and guided on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs of Alaska for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. It was on St. Paul that his dream of stumbling on a first North American record was finally fulfilled. Cory is currently based out of Missouri where, when not on tour, he pursues his interest in birds, butterflies, and dragonflies with abandon.

Cory has co-led Field Guides groups to Arizona, Cape May, Texas, Peru, and Australia and has a busy and wide-ranging schedule coming up for 2017--from the US and Canada to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru. Scroll down to see his tours below--folks have had a great time traveling with him this past year, and we think you will, too!

Here are a few links relating to Cory that we think you'll enjoy:
Cory's blog, "See You at Sunrise"
Cory's Flickr photo site

"The tour was excellent. I had great learning experiences with both Chris Benesh and Cory Gregory. I would recommend them both to other birders. Cory is a great addition to Field Guides, and I hope to see him again." M.P., TEXAS'S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY



Cory's Upcoming Tours

COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan 14-23, 2017 (I) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan 22-31, 2017 (II) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
MEXICO: OAXACA
Feb 11-18, 2017 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
COSTA RICA
Mar 19 - Apr 3, 2017 with Jay VanderGaast & Cory Gregory
Birding tour for Resplendent Quetzals, Three-wattled Bellbirds, Scarlet Macaws in a beautiful country with easy travel.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 9-19, 2017 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER
May 5-14, 2017 with John Coons & Cory Gregory
One of the most exciting destinations in North America with a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery.
MAINE: BIRDING DOWNEAST
May 27 - Jun 4, 2017 with Eric Hynes & Cory Gregory
A late-spring tour for warblers, boreal specialties, puffins, "lobstah," and more.
NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
Jul 2-12, 2017 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Boreal specialties, seabird colonies, and numerous breeding landbirds in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Jul 22-31, 2017 with John Coons & Cory Gregory
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Aug 3-12, 2017 with Jesse Fagan & Cory Gregory
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.
May be combined with Iquitos, Peru
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Oct 26-30, 2017 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
MEXICO: YUCATAN & COZUMEL
Nov 18-27, 2017 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
A tour for the most interesting birds of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula amidst its attractive Mayan sites and only a short flight from the US.
PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE: EL VALLE DE ANTON
Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
A superb introduction to Neotropical birds or a complement to your broader Middle American birding, all based at a charming lodge.
COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan 6-15, 2018 (I) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan 14-23, 2018 (II) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
MEXICO: OAXACA
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
PUERTO RICO
Mar 17-23, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A week of respite to a very birdy and beautiful Caribbean island, a mix of North American and local culture and cuisine; 17 endemic birds and a number of other Caribbean specialties.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 7-17, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
TEXAS'S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY
Apr 21-30, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Colima and Golden-cheeked warblers, Montezuma Quail, and other southern borderland specialties in Texas's grand desert mountain landscapes.
May be combined with Texas Coast Migration Spectacle
MAINE: BIRDING DOWNEAST
May 26 - Jun 3, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Cory Gregory
A late-spring tour for warblers, boreal specialties, puffins, "lobstah," and more.
ALASKA
Jun 7-15, 2018 (I) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 14-24, 2018 (II) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
Jul 1-11, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Boreal specialties, seabird colonies, and numerous breeding landbirds in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA: THE CHACO, CORDOBA & NORTHERN ANDES
Oct 13-31, 2018 with Willy Perez & Cory Gregory
Comprehensive birding tour of the many habitats of the diverse northwest; many specialty birds.
May be combined with Southern Argentina
MEXICO: YUCATAN & COZUMEL
Nov 17-26, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
A tour for the most interesting birds of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula amidst its attractive Mayan sites and only a short flight from the US.
HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA
Dec 21-29, 2018 with Cory Gregory & local guide
One-site holiday tour based at the comfortable Rancho Naturalista Lodge, with excursions to other habitats on Costa Rica's bird-rich Caribbean slope.


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