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, Colorado, Maine, Texas, Newfoundland, Costa Rica, Oaxaca, Colombia, Peru, France, and Australia and has a busy and wide-ranging schedule coming up, adding Oregon to his portfolio of tours. Scroll down to see his upcoming trips below--folks have had a great time traveling with Cory, and we think you will, too!

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

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Client comment
"An excellent experience. Cory Gregory's birding skills are exceptional. His sight and hearing seem super-human, and his knowledge of the birds' plumage, songs, and behavior is top-notch. He is excellent at finding the birds and getting the trip participants 'on' them. He was also a master at the organization and conduct of the trip, efficiently securing lodging, food, and transportation for the participants. It was a pleasure birding with Cory because he is funny, caring, genuine, smart, and helpful. Cory is one of the best." C.G., AUSTRALIA

"It was a truly wonderful trip. The group was very compatible and all of us helped each other get on the bird. Guides Richard Webster and Cory Gregory are good-natured, positive, and kind people who are genuinely interested in the participants' satisfaction with the trip. As always, your office service was excellent. Field Guides is the best operation I have used." C.H., Colombia: Santa Marta Escape

"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

Links for Cory
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


Cory's Upcoming Tours


ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2021 ($3250) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
OREGON: FROM THE COAST TO THE CASCADES
Status: Waitlisted
Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2021 ($4125) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A tour for specialties of the Pacific Northwest as we explore the beautiful coast and Cascade Mountains.
OREGON: FROM THE COAST TO THE CASCADES
Status: Open
Sep 9-19, 2021 ($4125) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A tour for specialties of the Pacific Northwest as we explore the beautiful coast and Cascade Mountains.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 6-10, 2021 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2020=$2750) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A fall adventure in two parts to the far north, Part I to St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs for migrants and vagrants, and Part II to Barrow for the legendary Ross's Gull, loons, eiders, and possibly even Polar Bear and Ivory Gull.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Status: Waitlisted
Nov 4-8, 2021 ($2050) with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 14
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
JAMAICA
Status: Waitlisted
Nov 21-27, 2021 ($3550) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
ARIZONA WINTER SPECIALTIES
Status: Waitlisted
Dec 27, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 ($2425) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
Exceptional winter birding on a short tour with numerous specialties and potential rarities.
HAWAII
Status: Waitlisted
Jan 19-28, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$5975) with Cory Gregory & 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.
JAMAICA
Status: Open
Feb 20-26, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$3550) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
JAMAICA
Status: Open
Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$3550) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
Status: Waitlisted
Apr 28 - May 2, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$1675) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A short tour focused on this area's many owl and nightjar specialties.
MICHIGAN: GREAT LAKES GRANDEUR
Status: Waitlisted
May 14-22, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$3375) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A new tour for the richest birding in the Midwest with plenty of specialty birds from Kirtland's Warbler to boreal species.
ALASKA
Status: Waitlisted
May 28 - Jun 6, 2022 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2021=$4125) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
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: Waitlisted
Jun 5-15, 2022 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2021=$6175) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 14
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow).
OREGON: FROM THE COAST TO THE CASCADES
Status: Waitlisted
Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$4125) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A tour for specialties of the Pacific Northwest as we explore the beautiful coast and Cascade Mountains.
FALL FOR CAPE MAY
Status: Open
Sep 17-23, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$2725) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
See bird migration in action at one of the country's top migration hotspots.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Status: Open
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2022 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2020=$5450) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
A fall adventure in two parts to the far north, Part I to St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs for migrants and vagrants, and Part II to Barrow for the legendary Ross's Gull, loons, eiders, and possibly even Polar Bear and Ivory Gull.
AUSTRALIA
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 18 - Nov 2, 2022 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2020=$7425) with John Coons & 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.
(Tasmania Extension to Nov 7, 2022)