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DOUG GOCHFELD: Field Guides Leader

Doug Gochfeld made the jump from a love of trains, planes, and automobiles typical of many 7-year-olds to an avid interest in birds after a close encounter with a Steller's Jay in the Pacific Northwest. This filled his early formative years with scouring the urban landscape of New York City for birds with his father. After a teenage break from all things avian, he returned to it with a vengeance, and he hasn't looked back.

His first birding job was as a migration counter at the legendary Cape May Bird Observatory, where his love of and interest in the dynamics of migration (of anything with wings, insects included!) was cemented. From 2006 to 2016, he worked with birds from New Hampshire to Arizona, and from Suriname to Israel. He has also spent a substantial amount of time guiding in Alaska, the bulk of which was spent on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs.

Doug's strongest interests in birding are migration, vagrancy, and overall patterns of distribution. Shorebirds and seabirds (and any other long-distance migrants, really) hold a special place in his heart, and he has done intensive work studying the breeding and wintering ecology of Hudsonian Godwits in Alaska and Semipalmated Sandpipers in Suriname and Brazil.

In addition to being on the New York State Avian Records Committee, Doug is also passionate about spreading the gospel of birding and the outdoors, and to this end he participates in youth and urban birding initiatives and has guided at birding festivals across the country. His writing and photographs have been published in a myriad of venues.

Doug has co-led Field Guides groups to Alaska, Trinidad, Panama, Cape May, Arizona, and Newfoundland/Nova Scotia and has a busy and wide-ranging schedule coming up for late 2016 and all of 2017--from the US, Puerto Rico, and Mexico to New Guinea, Southeast Asia, and Madagascar. Scroll down to see his tours below--we think you'll have a great time traveling with him!

Here are a few links relating to Doug that we think you'll enjoy:
Traveling Trinovid (Leica) profile
A piece by Doug about raptor migration in Israel
Doug's Flickr photo site
Doug's Vimeo video site



Doug's Upcoming Tours

TEXAS'S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY
Apr 22 - May 1, 2017 with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
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
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 14-20, 2017 with Tom Johnson & Doug Gochfeld
Spring migration at one of the country's famed birding hotspots.
PENNSYLVANIA'S WARBLERS & MORE: FROM CERULEAN WARBLER TO HENSLOW'S SPARROW
May 23-28, 2017 with Tom Johnson & Doug Gochfeld
A new tour at the peak of eastern spring birding, focusing on a delightful array of warblers as well as other songbirds.
ALASKA
Jun 6-14, 2017 (I) with Megan Edwards Crewe & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 13-23, 2017 (II) with Megan Edwards Crewe & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jul 6-23, 2017 with Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gochfeld
Birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds are the crown jewels of one of the most remarkable bird faunas, set against a fascinating cultural backdrop far removed from our own.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW & RARITIES ON ST PAUL
Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2017 with Tom Johnson & Doug Gochfeld
A cool-weather fall adventure to the far north. We'll start with a treasure hunt for Asian migrants (and American ones too!) on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea before spending several days at Barrow above 71 degrees North latitude, the US's northernmost point, looking for the legendary Ross's Gull, loons, eiders, and possibly even Polar Bear and Ivory Gull.
MADAGASCAR
Nov 4-27, 2017 with Phil Gregory & Doug Gochfeld
In-depth coverage of the accessible parts of Madagascar: many endemic birds, striking lemurs, bizarre flora and chameleons, fascinating culture. Optional extension to Seychelles Islands will add yet more endemics.
(Seychelles Extension to Dec 2, 2017)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 23-30, 2017 with Dan Lane & Doug Gochfeld
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
CAMBODIA: ANGKOR TEMPLES & VANISHING BIRDS
Feb 10-24, 2018 with Phil Gregory & Doug Gochfeld
A "last chance" destination for some of the large, rare Asian waterbirds now extinct in neighboring countries, plus additional regional specialties and world-famous Angkor Wat.
May be combined with Winter Japan
ISRAEL MIGRATION MAGIC: BIRDING FROM THE RED SEA TO THE DEAD SEA
Mar 14-25, 2018 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Bear witness to one of the worlds most impressive avian migrations, while seeing many regional specialties, against the backdrop of the starkly beautiful desert landscape of southern Israel.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 13-23, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Doug Gochfeld
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
FLORIDA
Apr 28 - May 5, 2018 with Doug Gochfeld & Mitch Lysinger
A new tour for numerous specialties from Central Florida south to the Keys and Dry Tortugas.
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 13-19, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Doug Gochfeld
Spring migration at one of the country's famed birding hotspots.
ALASKA
May 31 - Jun 8, 2018 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 7-17, 2018 (II) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jul 1-19, 2018 with Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gochfeld
Birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds are the crown jewels of one of the most remarkable bird faunas, set against a fascinating cultural backdrop far removed from our own.
(New Britain Extension to Jul 25, 2018)
AUSTRALIA
Oct 5-25, 2018 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
In two parts for those with limited time. Part I covers the environs of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, southwest Australia, and Alice Springs. Part II begins in Darwin and continues to Queensland (Cairns, Atherton Tableland, Outback Queensland, and O'Reilly's Guest House). Both parts combine for a complete birding tour of Australia.
VIETNAM
Nov 24 - Dec 14, 2018 with Dave Stejskal & Doug Gochfeld
Intriguing survey tour to bird-rich but poorly known Vietnam.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.


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