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"This tour was great. I liked the smaller group of eight, and John Coons was a wonderful tour leader. I had never birded with him before, although I had heard good things about him. He was organized but flexible, great at finding birds and showing them to everyone, terrific sense of humor, and a pleasure to bird with."
- E.B., TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE

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Blue-chested Hummingbird on our Panama's Canopy Camp (Darien) tour (Photo by participant Magnus Persmark)
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JOHN COONS: Field Guides Leader

John Coons combines birding excellence with a natural ability as a tour guide. He has been leading tours since 1985. Since then, his great group skills, attention to detail, easy laugh, and unfailing sense to spot (and remember!) what's fascinating in things large and small have brought delight to innumerable Field Guides participants on tours from the High Arctic to the tip of South America and throughout Australasia.

When not on tour, John enjoys exploring and birding the remote mountains, canyons, and mesas of his home in northern Arizona. His ambition of developing a completely sustainable yard of native wildflowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs is a goal that consumes more time than expected each spring and summer.

"John's knowledge is thorough and extensive. He knows the habits of the birds we are looking for and where to find them, making it much more likely that we will see them. He's organized and attentive to details, making the trip as smooth as possible for all guests. His gentle sense of humor and his anecdotes sharing during bus rides add to the enjoyment of the trip." D. & E.T., Australia

"I'd heard wonderful things about John and they were all true." J.M., Northern Arizona's Canyons & Condor



John's Upcoming Tours

PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.
OWLBERTA: ALBERTA'S OWLS & MORE
Feb 17-23, 2018 with Jay VanderGaast & John Coons
A short tour targeting owls and other winter specialties in the boreal forests, prairies, and foothills of the Canadian province of Alberta.
PANAMA'S CANOPY TOWER & LODGE
Mar 11-18, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
This tour combines the best of both worlds into a great week: The Canopy Tower and Pipeline Road with the Canopy Lodge and the montane forest of El Valle de Anton.
May be combined with Western Panama: Chiriqui & Bocas del Toro
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr 14-20, 2018 with John Coons
The migration mecca of High Island plus specialties of the Big Thicket and myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.
May be combined with Texas's Big Bend & Hill Country
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr 21-27, 2018 with John Coons
The migration mecca of High Island plus specialties of the Big Thicket and myriad waterbirds and shorebirds.
ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER
May 11-20, 2018 with John Coons
One of the most exciting destinations in North America with a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery.
NO. ARIZONA'S CANYONS & CONDOR
Jun 2-7, 2018 with John Coons
A tour for mountain and high-desert birds of the western US amidst stunning scenery with California Condors at the Grand Canyon, all guided by our own Flagstaff-based resident expert, John Coons.
NO. ARIZONA'S CANYONS & CONDOR
Jun 8-13, 2018 with John Coons
A tour for mountain and high-desert birds of the western US amidst stunning scenery with California Condors at the Grand Canyon, all guided by our own Flagstaff-based resident expert, John Coons.
SPITSBERGEN & SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO: A CRUISE TO THE NORWEGIAN ARCTIC
Jun 20-30, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
A high-arctic adventure aboard a comfortable vessel for fantastic seabirds, marine mammals including Walrus and Polar Bear, and fabulous scenery.
JAGUAR SPOTTING: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Jul 9-20, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & John Coons
This short but action-packed Brazil birding tour features the Pantanal at its best, a nice taste of southern Amazonian birds, and excellent chances of seeing a Jaguar.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Aug 4-13, 2018 with John Coons
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
AUSTRALIA
Oct 23 - Nov 7, 2018 (II) with John Coons & Cory Gregory
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.
(Tasmania Extension to Nov 12, 2018)
May be combined with New Zealand
GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE
Dec 1-12, 2018 with John Coons & local guide
A survey birding tour of the country's vast untrammeled rainforest, with an emphasis on Guianan shield specialties, and side trips to coastal and savanna regions and spectacular Kaieteur Falls.
PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019 with John Coons & local guide
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.


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