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.

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


COLOMBIA: SANTA MARTA ESCAPE
Status: Waitlisted
Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2020 ($3950) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
An easier subset of "Bogota, the Magdalena Valley & Santa Marta," reached by a direct flight from Miami, and with a couple more days for a more leisurely approach.
PUERTO RICO
Status: Open
Mar 15-21, 2020 ($2575) with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 14
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.
ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
Status: Waitlisted
Apr 30 - May 4, 2020 ($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 16-24, 2020 ($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: Open
Jun 6-15, 2020 - Part One ($6275) 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: One space available
Jun 14-24, 2020 - Part Two ($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: Open
Aug 29 - Sep 8, 2020 ($3850) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 14
A tour for specialties of the Pacific Northwest as we explore the beautiful coast and Cascade Mountains.
FALL FOR CAPE MAY
Status: Open
Sep 19-25, 2020 ($2550) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
See bird migration in action at one of the country's top migration hotspots.
FALL FOR CAPE MAY
Status: Open
Sep 27 - Oct 3, 2020 ($2550) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
See bird migration in action at one of the country's top migration hotspots.
AUSTRALIA
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 20 - Nov 4, 2020 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2019=$7225) 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 9, 2020)
May be combined with New Zealand
MEXICO: OAXACA
Status: Open
Dec 19-26, 2020 ($2850) with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 14
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Status: Open
Jan 9-18, 2021 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2020=$3275) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
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
Status: Open
Jan 17-26, 2021 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2020=$3250) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Status: Open
Feb 20 - Mar 1, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4275) with Megan Edwards Crewe & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 10
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.
ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
Status: Open
Apr 29 - May 3, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$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 15-23, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$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.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Status: Open
Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3175) 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: Open
Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3850) 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 18-24, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$2550) with Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 7
See bird migration in action at one of the country's top migration hotspots.
AUSTRALIA
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 1-21, 2021 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2019=$9175) 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.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Status: Open
Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$1925) 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: Open
Nov 21-27, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3450) 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.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Status: Open
Dec 30, 2021 - Jan 8, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4275) with Cory Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.