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"Tom Johnson on his first Field Guides outing performed as a seasoned professional, with remarkable identification skills and ability to hone in on sounds and sights... His knowledge, which he shared with us, is truly encyclopedic. We look forward to future trips with him."
- J.H., SPRING IN CAPE MAY

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TOM JOHNSON: Field Guides Leader

Tom Johnson grew up watching birds in central Pennsylvania. Interested in science and the outdoors, he became involved in a variety of field projects, including banding migrant landbirds and conducting point counts for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas. He was fortunate to pursue undergraduate studies in biology at Cornell University, where he learned about systematics and migration while surrounded by the amazing ornithologists and birders of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

After college, Tom spent much of his time studying seabirds off the East Coast, conducting line transect surveys from NOAA ships between Nova Scotia and the Bahamas. He is a regional editor for North American Birds, a regular contributor to Birding, and a member of the ABA Checklist Committee.

Now living in Cape May, New Jersey, Tom devotes time to watching bird migration, photography, and searching for vagrants and hybrid birds. He loves helping others pursue their passion for birding and the outdoors, and is pleased to be able to do this while guiding for Field Guides.

As you can see in the listing below, Tom has a hugely diverse schedule, ranging from Arizona to Australia and Barrow to Brazil, with numerous other destinations in between.

Here are a few links relating to Tom that we think you'll enjoy:
Traveling Trinovid (Leica) profile
Snowy Owl vs. Peregrine Falcon video clip
Tom's Flickr photo site



Tom's Upcoming Tours

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 NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
Apr 27 - May 1, 2017 with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner
A short tour focused on this area's many owl and nightjar specialties.
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
May 30 - Jun 7, 2017 (I) with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 6-16, 2017 (II) with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
GREAT RIVERS OF THE AMAZON II: BIRDING THE MADEIRA-TAPAJOS INTERFLUVIUM
Aug 1-16, 2017 with Bret Whitney & Tom Johnson
Live-aboard luxury on an adventurous birding tour through the lower Madeira-Tapajos interfluvium of central Amazonian Brazil; be ready for the unexpected!
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 12-21, 2017 with Tom Johnson
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
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.
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
ARIZONA WINTER SPECIALTIES
Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018 with Tom Johnson
Exceptional winter birding on a short tour with numerous specialties and potential rarities.
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.
ANTARCTICA: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS
Jan 31 - Feb 21, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Bret Whitney
The ultimate seabird and wildlife cruise, including fabulous South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Variable fee depending on cabin choice.
JAMAICA
Mar 4-10, 2018 with Tom Johnson & local guide
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
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 5-15, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
May 3-7, 2018 with Tom Johnson
A short tour focused on this area's many owl and nightjar specialties.
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 13-19, 2018 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 22-27, 2018 with Tom Johnson
A new tour at the peak of eastern spring birding, focusing on a delightful array of warblers as well as other songbirds.
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.
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 8-17, 2018 with Tom Johnson
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
SOUTHERN ARGENTINA: THE PAMPAS, PATAGONIA & TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Oct 30 - Nov 15, 2018 with Dave Stejskal & Tom Johnson
Superb springtime birding tour through southern South America amid stark and spectacular landscapes.
May be combined with Northwestern Argentina
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 22-29, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Dan Lane
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.


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