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.

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


Micah's Upcoming Tours


CENTRAL MEXICO & BAJA: BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & WHALES
Status: One space available
Feb 7-19, 2020 ($5450) with Jesse Fagan & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 12
Specialty birds, wintering Monarchs, and up-close whale encounters on this exciting tour!
MEXICO: OAXACA
Status: Waitlisted
Mar 7-14, 2020 ($2850) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
COLORADO GROUSE
Status: Open
Apr 8-18, 2020 ($3950) with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
An 11-day tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
BRAZIL RORAIMA ADVENTURE: BIRDING THE SKY ISLANDS OF THE AMAZON
Status: Open
Apr 22 - May 3, 2020 ($4475) with Micah Riegner & Tom Johnson
Tour Limit: 10
A 12-day search for montane rarities, white-sand forest endemics, and riverine specialists, all amidst some of Brazil's most breathtaking scenery.
FLORIDA: MANGROVES & MIGRANTS
Status: Waitlisted
May 9-18, 2020 ($3550) with Doug Gochfeld & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
A tour for numerous specialties from Central Florida south to the Keys and Dry Tortugas.
CANADIAN ROCKIES: ALBERTA
Status: Waitlisted
Jun 11-21, 2020 ($3875) with Jay VanderGaast & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
A great western birding tour with spectacular landscapes of the Rockies.
BRAZIL'S JAPURA & TEFE RIVERS: MAMIRAUA, AMANA & THE UNKNOWN
Status: Open
Jul 30 - Aug 13, 2020 ($8575) 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.
BOLIVIA'S AVIAN RICHES
Status: Waitlisted
Sep 11-27, 2020 ($6575) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Oct 2, 2020)
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Status: Open
Oct 9-18, 2020 ($4550) with Jesse Fagan & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 9
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Status: Open
Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2020 ($1925) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
ARIZONA WINTER SPECIALTIES
Status: Open
Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 2, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2019=$2250) 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 16-27, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4125) 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 6-18, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$5450) with Micah Riegner & Jesse Fagan
Tour Limit: 12
Specialty birds, wintering Monarchs, and up-close whale encounters on this exciting tour!
MEXICO: OAXACA
Status: Open
Mar 6-13, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$2850) with Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
BRAZIL RORAIMA ADVENTURE: BIRDING THE SKY ISLANDS OF THE AMAZON
Status: Open
Mar 31 - Apr 11, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4475) 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.
FLORIDA: MANGROVES & MIGRANTS
Status: Open
May 8-17, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$3550) with Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 14
A tour for numerous specialties from Central Florida south to the Keys and Dry Tortugas.
RAINFOREST & SAVANNA: ALTA FLORESTA & THE NORTHERN PANTANAL, BRAZIL
Status: Open
Jun 19 - Jul 4, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7175) with Marcelo Barreiros & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
Pristine rainforest on the beautiful Rio Cristalino combined with the wilds of the Pantanal in search of Hyacinth Macaw, Harpy Eagle, Jabiru, Jaguar, and a large piece of the meaning of life.
May be combined with Brazil's Rio Roosevelt
BRAZIL'S MADEIRA & TAPAJOS: BETWEEN TWO GREAT RIVERS
Status: Open
Jul 16-31, 2021 (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
Live-aboard luxury on an adventurous birding tour through the lower Madeira-Tapajos interfluvium of central Amazonian Brazil; be ready for the unexpected!
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Status: Open
Sep 12-26, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7075) with Marcelo Barreiros & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.
SUCCINCT SURINAME: COTINGAS & TRUMPETERS
Status: Open
Oct 9-20, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4125) 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 5-21, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6575) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 12
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Nov 26, 2021)