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"Outstanding experience. Nice group of fellow birders, beautiful area and birds. Excellent office staff service. My first multi-day, guided trip. John Coons is an outstanding guide and person -- exceptionally knowledgeable plus very considerate."
- N.H., SOUTHEAST ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER

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Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, one of the highlight species of our birding in the Andes high above Santiago on our Birds & Wine of Chile and Argentina tour (Photo by guide Marcelo Padua)
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JOHN COONS: Field Guides Leader

John Coons combines birding excellence with a natural ability as a tour guide. He has been leading tours since 1985. Since then, his great group skills, attention to detail, easy laugh, and unfailing sense to spot (and remember!) what's fascinating in things large and small have brought delight to innumerable Field Guides participants on tours from the High Arctic to the tip of South America and throughout Australasia.

When not on tour, John enjoys exploring and birding the remote mountains, canyons, and mesas of his home in northern Arizona. His ambition of developing a completely sustainable yard of native wildflowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs is a goal that consumes more time than expected each spring and summer.

"John's knowledge is thorough and extensive. He knows the habits of the birds we are looking for and where to find them, making it much more likely that we will see them. He's organized and attentive to details, making the trip as smooth as possible for all guests. His gentle sense of humor and his anecdotes sharing during bus rides add to the enjoyment of the trip." D. & E.T., Australia

"I'd heard wonderful things about John and they were all true." J.M., Northern Arizona's Canyons & Condor



John's Upcoming Tours

BIRDING PLUS: BIRDS & WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
Feb 4-18, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & John Coons
A tour combining an exploration of the great birds and vineyards of these two wonderful countries!
PANAMA'S CANOPY TOWER & LODGE
Mar 12-19, 2017 with John Coons & local guide
This tour combines the best of both worlds into a great week: The Canopy Tower and Pipeline Road with the Canopy Lodge and the montane forest of El Valle de Anton.
May be combined with Western Panama: Chiriqui & Bocas del Toro
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr 15-21, 2017 with John Coons
The migration mecca of High Island plus specialties of the Big Thicket and myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.
May be combined with Texas's Big Bend & Hill Country
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr 22-28, 2017 with John Coons
The migration mecca of High Island plus specialties of the Big Thicket and myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.
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.
NORTHERN ARIZONA'S CANYONS & CONDOR
Jun 3-8, 2017 with John Coons
A tour for mountain and high-desert birds of the western US amidst stunning scenery with California Condors at the Grand Canyon, all guided by our own Flagstaff-based resident expert, John Coons.
NORTHERN ARIZONA'S CANYONS & CONDOR
Jun 9-14, 2017 with John Coons
A tour for mountain and high-desert birds of the western US amidst stunning scenery with California Condors at the Grand Canyon, all guided by our own Flagstaff-based resident expert, John Coons.
SPITSBERGEN & SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO: A CRUISE TO THE NORWEGIAN ARCTIC
Jun 19-29, 2017 with John Coons
A high-arctic adventure aboard a comfortable vessel for fantastic seabirds, marine mammals including Walrus and Polar Bear, and fabulous scenery.
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.
BRAZIL'S REMOTE RIO TAPAJOS
Sep 30 - Oct 11, 2017 with Bret Whitney & John Coons
Nine days of explorations on the upper reaches of a major tributary of the Amazon based on a luxurious floating hotel.
AUSTRALIA
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2017 (II) with John Coons & Tom Johnson
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.
(Tasmania Extension to Nov 16, 2017)
May be combined with New Zealand
PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.
OWLBERTA: ALBERTA'S OWLS & MORE
Feb 17-23, 2018 with Jay VanderGaast & John Coons
A short tour targeting owls and other winter specialties in the boreal forests, prairies, and foothills of the Canadian province of Alberta.
PANAMA'S CANOPY TOWER & LODGE
Mar 11-18, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
This tour combines the best of both worlds into a great week: The Canopy Tower and Pipeline Road with the Canopy Lodge and the montane forest of El Valle de Anton.
May be combined with Western Panama: Chiriqui & Bocas del Toro
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr 14-20, 2018 with John Coons
The migration mecca of High Island plus specialties of the Big Thicket and myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.
May be combined with Texas's Big Bend & Hill Country
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr 21-27, 2018 with John Coons
The migration mecca of High Island plus specialties of the Big Thicket and myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.
ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER
May 11-20, 2018 with John Coons
One of the most exciting destinations in North America with a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery.
NORTHERN ARIZONA'S CANYONS & CONDOR
Jun 2-7, 2018 with John Coons
A tour for mountain and high-desert birds of the western US amidst stunning scenery with California Condors at the Grand Canyon, all guided by our own Flagstaff-based resident expert, John Coons.
SPITSBERGEN & SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO: A CRUISE TO THE NORWEGIAN ARCTIC
Jun 26 - Jul 8, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
A high-arctic adventure aboard a comfortable vessel for fantastic seabirds, marine mammals including Walrus and Polar Bear, and fabulous scenery.
JAGUAR SPOTTING: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Jul 14-25, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & John Coons
This short but action-packed Brazil birding tour features the Pantanal at its best, a nice taste of southern Amazonian birds, and excellent chances of seeing a Jaguar.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Aug 4-13, 2018 with John Coons
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
AUSTRALIA
Oct 23 - Nov 7, 2018 (II) with John Coons
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.
(Tasmania Extension to Nov 12, 2018)
May be combined with New Zealand
PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019 with John Coons & local guide
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.


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