Chris Benesh

Field Guides Leader

Chris Benesh grew up birding in California. After earning his degree in zoology, Chris joined the Field Guides staff, and his life underwent a wonderful transformation. The intervening years at Field Guides have taken him to many corners of the world and across both the Arctic and Antarctic circles!

Chris's passion for education has led to his serving on the Arizona Bird Committee, leading the occasional workshop, and--we must add--thoroughly explaining in admirable detail the nuances of flycatchers to tour participants and colleagues alike. Chris's schedule includes tours to many parts of North America, Panama, Mexico, Australia, and occasionally Peru. He lives in Tucson.

Scroll down to see Chris's current schedule of tours.

Client comment
"Chris makes birding extra fun. His birding style and talent and good humor and helpfulness ensure a great trip for participants with varying levels of birding experience. I hope to travel with him in the future." A.B., SPAIN: LA MANCHA, COTO DONANA & EXTREMADURA

"Field Guides is always our favourite tour company, and we decided it would be nice to escape the northwest winter for a while. We are always keen to travel with Chris, and there were several of the more difficult Texas species that we'd not previously seen that were on the list for this trip. We got them all. An excellent overall experience. Guide Chris Benesh was super as ever..." B.M., SPRING IN SOUTH TEXAS

"I chose Field Guides, in part, because the company had great reviews. My tour experience was great. The guides were very knowledgable and committed. The group gelled well and we had a lot of fun. Chris Benesh was a fantastic guide -- he brought a supreme birding knowledge and wealth of guiding experience along with patience and a sense of humor. He made the trip fun as well as informative. This was my first birding trip and it was fantastic! I would definitely go on another Field Guides Tour." R.H., PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE


Chris's Upcoming Tours


MOROCCO
Status: Open
Sep 7-22, 2020 ($4575) with Jesse Fagan & Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 9
Endemic, rare, and specialty birds from coastal wetlands and towering cliffs to the Atlas Mountains and the northwest corner of the Sahara.
(Canary Island Extension to Sep 27, 2020)
May be combined with France: Camargue & Pyrenees
AUSTRALIA
Status: Open
Oct 2-22, 2020 - Part One ($9375) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Tour Limit: 12
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. An optional endemic-rich extension to Tasmania follows Part II.
PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
Status: Open
Dec 25, 2020 - Jan 2, 2021 ($4475) with Chris Benesh & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.
HAWAII
Status: Waitlisted
Jan 22-31, 2021 ($5975) with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Tour Limit: 14
On our birding tour we'll visit three of the major islands--Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii--giving us a chance to sample a great portion of the Hawaiian endemic birds and the seabird specialties.
BELIZE: TROPICAL BIRDING, SHORT AND SWEET
Status: Open
Feb 13-20, 2021 ($3975) with Chris Benesh & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
Two wonderful lodges for a rewarding tropical birding experience in this English-speaking country, including some regional specialties. Great as an intro to or continuation of your Neotropical birding.
SPRING IN SOUTH TEXAS
Status: Open
Mar 13-21, 2021 ($3275) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 7
Magnificent Whooping Cranes, lots of South Texas specialties, and spring hawk migration on this exciting tour.
HAWAII
Status: Open
Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2021 ($5975) with Chris Benesh & Mandy Talpas
Tour Limit: 14
On our birding tour we'll visit three of the major islands--Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii--giving us a chance to sample a great portion of the Hawaiian endemic birds and the seabird specialties.
TEXAS'S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY
Status: One space available
Apr 17-26, 2021 ($3550) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 14
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
ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
Status: Waitlisted
May 6-10, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$1675) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 7
A short tour focused on this area's many owl and nightjar specialties.
ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER
Status: Waitlisted
May 14-23, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3175) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 7
One of the most exciting destinations in North America with a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery.
ALASKA
Status: Open
May 29 - Jun 6, 2021 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2020=$6275) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 14
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow).
ALASKA
Status: Open
Jun 5-15, 2021 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2020=$6175) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 14
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow).
NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 4-14, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4750) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 8
Boreal specialties, seabird colonies, and numerous breeding landbirds in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Status: Open
Jul 24 - Aug 2, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3175) with Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 7
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
MOROCCO
Status: Open
Sep 6-21, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4575) with Jesse Fagan & Chris Benesh
Tour Limit: 10
Endemic, rare, and specialty birds from coastal wetlands and towering cliffs to the Atlas Mountains and the northwest corner of the Sahara.
(Canary Island Extension to Sep 26, 2021)
May be combined with France: Camargue & Pyrenees
AUSTRALIA
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 1-21, 2021 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2020=$9375) with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 12
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. An optional endemic-rich extension to Tasmania follows Part II.
PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
Status: Open
Dec 26, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4475) with Chris Benesh & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.