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"I chose this tour because I like traveling with Field Guides, and Sacha sounded wonderful. I also liked the idea of spending significant time in one place. It was a wonderful experience. Best features were the long boat rides and the cocha, the canopy towers, looking for ant swarms. I'd absolutely travel with Jay VanderGaast again. Office service was great."
- S.D., SACHA LODGE, ECUADOR

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The amazing Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica, by guide Jay VanderGaast
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JAY VANDERGAAST: Field Guides Leader

Jay VanderGaast's obsession with birds was evident by age seven when he memorized the plates in Peterson's eastern field guide. He went on to earn a B.S. in biology and briefly contemplated a career in research, but two years on the buggy arctic tundra soon put an end to that plan! Instead, he began roaming the world in search of birds. His travels led him to Costa Rica, where he stumbled into a job as a birding guide at Rancho Naturalista Lodge.

Jay joined Field Guides in 2000, and since then he has guided more than 100 tours on several continents. He lives near Montreal.

Jay's schedule of Field Guides tours includes Costa Rica, Brazil, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and China.

"Jay is an excellent guide. The trip would not have been the same without him. His acute hearing and sight and genuine interest and caring resulted in our seeing many exquisite birds. He made certain that everyone saw each bird, and he took great care of us from handling things at airports to choosing super restaurants. The pace was perfect." S. M., New Guinea & Australia

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Jay's Upcoming Tours

COSTA RICA
Mar 16-31, 2019 with Jay VanderGaast & local guide
Birding tour for Resplendent Quetzals, Three-wattled Bellbirds, Scarlet Macaws in a beautiful country with easy travel.
POINT PELEE MIGRATION SPECTACLE
May 11-18, 2019 with Jay VanderGaast
Exciting migration birding at several premier hotspots on the Lake Erie shore.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jul 2-20, 2019 with Jay VanderGaast
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 Jul 25, 2019)
FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES
Sep 4-14, 2019 with Jay VanderGaast & Willy Perez
Two of Europe's finest birding destinations combined in this wonderful eleven-day tour, with varied highlights and some great French food.
NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA
Oct 8-26, 2019 with Jay VanderGaast
A rich and diverse sampler of the best birding of New Guinea and Australia.
HOLLAND -- BIRDS & ART: WATERFOWL SPECTACLE & DUTCH MASTERS
Dec 1-8, 2019 with Godfried Schreur & Jay VanderGaast
A new tour for some exciting winter birding, in particular waterfowl, combined with an exploration of great Dutch art masters.
THAILAND
Jan 16 - Feb 6, 2020 with Jay VanderGaast & Uthai Treesucon
A wide variety of forest birds in the friendly heart of Southeast Asia (and fabulous Thai food).
OWLBERTA: ALBERTA'S OWLS & MORE
Feb 15-21, 2020 with Jay VanderGaast
A short tour targeting owls and other winter specialties in the boreal forests, prairies, and foothills of the Canadian province of Alberta.
COSTA RICA
Mar 14-29, 2020 with Jay VanderGaast & local guide
Birding tour for Resplendent Quetzals, Three-wattled Bellbirds, Scarlet Macaws in a beautiful country with easy travel.
POINT PELEE MIGRATION SPECTACLE
May 9-16, 2020 with Jay VanderGaast
Exciting migration birding at several premier hotspots on the Lake Erie shore.
CANADIAN ROCKIES: ALBERTA
Jun 13-23, 2020 with Jay VanderGaast & Micah Riegner
A great western birding tour with spectacular landscapes of the Rockies.
NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA
Oct 10-28, 2020 with Jay VanderGaast
A rich and diverse sampler of the best birding of New Guinea and Australia.
HOLLAND -- BIRDS & ART: WATERFOWL SPECTACLE & DUTCH MASTERS
Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2020 with Godfried Schreur & Jay VanderGaast
A new tour for some exciting winter birding, in particular waterfowl, combined with an exploration of great Dutch art masters.
HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA
Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 4, 2021 with Jay VanderGaast & local guide
One-site holiday tour based at the comfortable Rancho Naturalista Lodge, with excursions to other habitats on Costa Rica's bird-rich Caribbean slope.


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