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The graduated tail, elongated primaries, and delicate bill give Ross's Gull an elegant profile, but the pinkish hue of some adults will knock your socks off. Photo by guide Eric Hynes on our Alaska Fall Goldmine tour.
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DOUG GOCHFELD: Field Guides Leader

Doug Gochfeld made the jump from a love of trains, planes, and automobiles typical of many 7-year-olds to an avid interest in birds after a close encounter with a Steller's Jay in the Pacific Northwest. This filled his early formative years with scouring the urban landscape of New York City for birds with his father. After a teenage break from all things avian, he returned to it with a vengeance, and he hasn't looked back.

His first birding job was as a migration counter at the legendary Cape May Bird Observatory, where his love of and interest in the dynamics of migration (of anything with wings, insects included!) was cemented. From 2006 to 2016, he worked with birds from New Hampshire to Arizona, and from Suriname to Israel. He has also spent a substantial amount of time guiding in Alaska, the bulk of which was spent on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs.

Doug's strongest interests in birding are migration, vagrancy, and overall patterns of distribution. Shorebirds and seabirds (and any other long-distance migrants, really) hold a special place in his heart, and he has done intensive work studying the breeding and wintering ecology of Hudsonian Godwits in Alaska and Semipalmated Sandpipers in Suriname and Brazil.

In addition to being on the New York State Avian Records Committee, Doug is also passionate about spreading the gospel of birding and the outdoors, and to this end he participates in youth and urban birding initiatives and has guided at birding festivals across the country. His writing and photographs have been published in a myriad of venues.

Doug has co-led Field Guides groups from Alaska, Trinidad, Panama, Cape May, and Arizona, to Newfoundland/Nova Scotia, New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Texas, Puerto Rico, Madagascar, and more. Additionally, he brought Florida and Israel back into our schedule in 2018 and developed our New Mexico tour for its 2019 inaugural. Scroll down to see his tours below--we think you'll have a great time traveling with him!

Here are a few links relating to Doug that we think you'll enjoy:
Traveling Trinovid (Leica) profile
A piece by Doug about raptor migration in Israel
Doug's Flickr photo site
Doug's Vimeo video site

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Doug's Upcoming Tours

ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2019 (I) with Doug Gochfeld
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.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Oct 5-9, 2019 (II) with Doug Gochfeld
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
Oct 22 - Nov 6, 2019 (II) with John Coons & Doug Gochfeld
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 11, 2019)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 21-28, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
NEW MEXICO: BIRDING THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
Jan 18-25, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld
Fun birding from rosy-finches in the Sandia Mts to thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese (plus Ross's) along the Rio Grande.
CAMBODIA: ANGKOR TEMPLES & VANISHING BIRDS
Feb 12-27, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
A "last chance" destination for some of the large, rare Asian waterbirds now extinct in neighboring countries, plus additional regional specialties and world-famous Angkor Wat.
May be combined with Taiwan or Myanmar: Birding Burma
MYANMAR: BIRDING BURMA
Feb 27 - Mar 13, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Bird your way through the breathtaking mountain landscapes, picturesque arrays of gilded pagodas, and fascinating hustle and bustle of lake-dwelling communities in the culturally and ornithologically rich country formerly known as Burma.
May be combined with Cambodia
ISRAEL MIGRATION MAGIC: BIRDING THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY BUZZARDS
Apr 22 - May 5, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Bear witness to one of the world's most impressive avian migrations, while seeing many regional specialties, against the backdrop of the starkly beautiful desert landscape of southern Israel.
FLORIDA
May 9-18, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld
A new tour for numerous specialties from Central Florida south to the Keys and Dry Tortugas.
ALASKA
May 30 - Jun 8, 2020 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).
ALASKA
Jun 7-17, 2020 (II) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jul 23 - Aug 10, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld
Birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds are the crown jewels of one of the most remarkable bird faunas, set against a fascinating cultural backdrop far removed from our own.
(New Britain Extension to Aug 15, 2020)
AUSTRALIA
Oct 2-22, 2020 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
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.
VIETNAM
Nov 21 - Dec 11, 2020 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Intriguing survey tour to bird-rich but poorly known Vietnam.


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