Micah Riegner

Field Guides Leader

Micah Riegner grew up exploring the Central Arizona Highlands and was fortunate to have parents who took him along on college field courses ranging from the coast of Mexico to the mountains of Costa Rica, where encounters with tinamous, barbets, and jacamars launched him into the birding world at a young age. During his time at Prescott College, he made annual pilgrimages to Amazonia, where he worked as a guide and participated in expeditions, mostly in Brazil. For his master's he studied the foraging ecology of Amazonian woodcreepers. When he's not in the field, he tries to make time to paint birds and other creatures that spark his interest.

Micah guided tours with Bret Whitney, John Coons, Dan Lane, and Tom Johnson before joining Field Guides full time in 2019. Micah is a generous guide with an easy laugh and is eager to share his love of birds and nature in the years to come. We know you will have a great time traveling with him, too!

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

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Client comment
"The best feature of the tour was the guides, Bret Whitney and Micah Riegner! Bret's knowledge, skill, and passion as a birder, tour leader and scientist are unparalleled. Micah is exceptional as well. He's passionate about the birds as well as all things nature. We've traveled with Field Guides for 30 years because they are a top-notch company, and we have had very little desire to try another company. We know we won't be disappointed on a Field Guides trip." C.P., BRAZIL'S JAPURA & TEFE RIVERS

Video from Micah's tours
Enjoy a video by Micah from our 2020 "Central Mexico & Baja: Birds, Butterflies & Whales" tour — great fun!

Link to Micah's artwork:
A website showcasing some of Micah's watercolors, field sketches, and photography.


Micah's Upcoming Tours


ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Status: Waitlisted
Aug 21-30, 2021 ($3250) with Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 7
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
SUCCINCT SURINAME: COTINGAS & TRUMPETERS
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 9-20, 2021 ($4175) with Micah Riegner & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A new itinerary highlighting rainforest wilderness areas that are home to specialty and hard-to-see birds such as beautiful and bizarre cotingas, large and small, and trumpeters.
BOLIVIA'S AVIAN RICHES
Status: Open
Nov 14-30, 2021 ($6850) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 12
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Dec 5, 2021)
GULF OF CALIFORNIA: MEXICO'S RICH DESERT COAST
Status: Waitlisted
Dec 5-11, 2021 ($2975) with Micah Riegner & Jesse Fagan
Tour Limit: 12
A week-long get-away to explore the islands, estuaries, and cactus forests near Kino Bay.
ARIZONA WINTER SPECIALTIES
Status: Open
Dec 29, 2021 - Jan 4, 2022 ($2425) with Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 7
Exceptional winter birding on a short tour with numerous specialties and potential rarities.
SUCCINCT SURINAME: COTINGAS & TRUMPETERS
Status: Waitlisted
Jan 15-26, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$4175) with Micah Riegner & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A new itinerary highlighting rainforest wilderness areas that are home to specialty and hard-to-see birds such as beautiful and bizarre cotingas, large and small, and trumpeters.
CENTRAL MEXICO & BAJA: BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & WHALES
Status: Open
Feb 12-23, 2022 ($5150) with Micah Riegner & John Coons
Tour Limit: 12
Specialty birds, wintering Monarchs, and up-close whale encounters on this exciting tour!
MEXICO: OAXACA VALLEY
Status: Waitlisted
Mar 5-12, 2022 ($2925) with Chris Benesh & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
MEXICO: OAXACA'S ATLANTIC & PACIFIC SLOPES
Status: Open
Mar 12-23, 2022 (Fee TBD) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
A new itinerary exploring Oaxaca's Atlantic (Gulf) and Pacific Slopes and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, with a long list of additional species for anyone who has already taken our long-running and popular Oaxaca Valley tour.
BRAZIL RORAIMA ADVENTURE: BIRDING THE SKY ISLANDS OF THE AMAZON
Status: Open
Apr 16-27, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$3950) with Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 8
A 12-day search for montane rarities, white-sand forest endemics, and riverine specialists, all amidst some of Brazil's most breathtaking scenery.
ALASKA
Status: Open
Jun 4-13, 2022 - Part One (Fee TBD / 2021=$4125) with Chris Benesh & Micah Riegner
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: Open
Jun 12-22, 2022 - Part Two (Fee TBD / 2021=$6175) with Chris Benesh & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow).
BRAZIL'S JAPURA & TEFE RIVERS: MAMIRAUA, AMANA & THE UNKNOWN
Status: Open
Jul 1-15, 2022 (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
A third itinerary in our series of fantastic wilderness tours to Brazil aboard a delightful river vessel. We'll explore little-known sites for a rich diversity of Amazonian birds, with some exciting discoveries no doubt in store.
IQUITOS, PERU: CANOPY WALKWAYS & ANCIENT FORESTS
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 31 - Aug 13, 2022 (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
Two-week immersion in one of the most species-rich regions of Amazonia, including the white-sand forests near Iquitos.
BOLIVIA'S AVIAN RICHES
Status: Open
Sep 9-25, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$6850) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 12
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Sep 30, 2022)
GULF OF CALIFORNIA: MEXICO'S RICH DESERT COAST
Status: Open
Dec 4-10, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$2975) with Micah Riegner & Tom Johnson
Tour Limit: 12
A week-long get-away to explore the islands, estuaries, and cactus forests near Kino Bay.
MEXICO: OAXACA VALLEY
Status: Open
Dec 23-30, 2022 ($2925) with Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.