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"Tom Johnson on his first Field Guides outing performed as a seasoned professional, with remarkable identification skills and ability to hone in on sounds and sights... His knowledge, which he shared with us, is truly encyclopedic. We look forward to future trips with him."
- J.H., SPRING IN CAPE MAY

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TOM JOHNSON: Field Guides Leader

Tom Johnson grew up surrounded by birds in central Pennsylvania. Fascinated by science and the outdoors, and encouraged by his mom and dad, Tom developed an obsession with birds at an early age. He banded migrant landbirds and owls, conducted point counts for the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas, and set off on many road trips to learn about North American birds.

Tom was fortunate to complete his undergraduate studies at Cornell University within the inspiring orbit of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Following university, Tom surveyed desert birds in Arizona and California and studied seabirds from NOAA ships between Nova Scotia and the Bahamas. He is an eBird reviewer, a regional editor for North American Birds, a regular contributor to Birding, and a member of the ABA Checklist Committee.

Now living in Maryland, Tom devotes his energy to recording bird sounds, photographing flying birds, searching for vagrants and puzzling hybrids, night birding, and reading as much as he can. He's an inveterate road tripper and frequently looks for excuses to travel long distances in pursuit of birds and mammals. You might also find him on a boat looking for tubenoses and other seabirds just about anywhere.

Tom loves helping others pursue their passion for birding and the outdoors and has felt lucky to lead tours for Field Guides around the world since 2014. Though he focuses on the Neotropics and North America, Tom has a diverse schedule that includes Antarctica, India, Australia, and more.

"I wanted to go to Cape May and witness spring migration. Field Guides had a tour that worked with my schedule. I don't often go on guided tours...this trip was so fabulous...way beyond my expectations. If I had to pick one best feature it would be the guides, Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld. Their birding skills were incredible and they really made this an incredible adventure. Your office service was very good, efficient. I look forward to my next adventure with Field Guides." K.M., Spring in Cape May

"Tom Johnson and Micah Riegner are both such excellent guides. They were always cheerful and helpful and went out of their way to be certain that we were seeing the birds and were as comfortable as possible. They worked so hard to find all of our desired birds for us. They included all members of the group in the conversations.... I would happily go on another tour with both of them! Office service was excellent." M.P., Arizona Nightbirds & More

Below is a link to some of Tom's work we think you'll enjoy:

Tom's photos and audio recordings on the Macaulay Library site



Tom's Upcoming Tours

NORTHERN INDIA: BIRDS, TIGER & THE TAJ MAHAL
Jan 11-31, 2020 with Terry Stevenson & Tom Johnson
Fantastic adventure from the Ganges plains to the Himalayan foothills, with the Bharatpur wetlands, Tiger at Ranthambhore, and the wondrous Taj Mahal.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Feb 8-17, 2020 with Tom Johnson & local guide
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.
WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO
Feb 28 - Mar 8, 2020 with Jesse Fagan & Tom Johnson
A new tour to two new Panamanian destinations located in the Chiriqui highlands and Caribbean lowlands at Bocas del Toro.
May be combined with Panama's Canopy Tower & Lodge
PUERTO RICO
Mar 15-21, 2020 with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
A week of respite to a very birdy and beautiful Caribbean island, a mix of North American and local culture and cuisine; 17 endemic birds and a number of other Caribbean specialties.
HAWAII
Mar 26 - Apr 4, 2020 with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
On our birding tour we'll visit three of the major islands--Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii--giving us a chance to sample a great portion of the Hawaiian endemic birds and the seabird specialties.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 8-18, 2020 with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner
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
Apr 22 - May 3, 2020 with Micah Riegner & Tom Johnson
A 12-day search for montane rarities, white-sand forest endemics, and riverine specialists, all amidst some of Brazil's most breathtaking scenery.
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 10-16, 2020 with Tom Johnson
Spring migration at one of the country's famed birding hotspots.
PENNSYLVANIA'S WARBLERS & MORE: FROM CERULEAN WARBLER TO HENSLOW'S SPARROW
May 26-31, 2020 with Tom Johnson
A new tour at the peak of eastern spring birding, focusing on a delightful array of warblers as well as other songbirds.
ALASKA
Jun 6-15, 2020 One with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).
ALASKA
Jun 14-24, 2020 Two with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 10-19, 2020 with Tom Johnson
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Sep 30 - Oct 8, 2020 One with Tom Johnson
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 7-11, 2020 Two with Tom Johnson
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.
SOUTHERN ARGENTINA: THE PAMPAS, PATAGONIA & TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Nov 3-19, 2020 with Tom Johnson & local guide
Superb springtime birding tour through southern South America amid stark and spectacular landscapes.
May be combined with Northwestern Argentina
JAMAICA
Feb 21-27, 2021 with Tom Johnson & local guide
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
PUERTO RICO
Mar 14-20, 2021 with Tom Johnson
A week of respite to a very birdy and beautiful Caribbean island, a mix of North American and local culture and cuisine; 17 endemic birds and a number of other Caribbean specialties.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 10-20, 2021 with Tom Johnson
An 11-day tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 9-15, 2021 with Tom Johnson
Spring migration at one of the country's famed birding hotspots.
PENNSYLVANIA'S WARBLERS & MORE: FROM CERULEAN WARBLER TO HENSLOW'S SPARROW
May 25-30, 2021 with Tom Johnson
A new tour at the peak of eastern spring birding, focusing on a delightful array of warblers as well as other songbirds.
ALASKA
Jun 5-14, 2021 One with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).
ALASKA
Jun 13-23, 2021 Two with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).
ALASKA: NO PLACE LIKE NOME
Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2021 with Tom Johnson
A chance to spend the better part of a week birding in one of the artic's most famous hotspots!
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jul 15 - Aug 2, 2021 with Doug Gochfeld & Tom Johnson
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 7, 2021)
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 4-13, 2021 with Tom Johnson
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep 18 - Oct 3, 2021 with Marcelo Padua & Tom Johnson
The spectacular wetlands of the Pantanal, with Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirus, combine with the many specialties of Brazil's Planalto Central to make for the perfect first birding trip to Brazil.
(Brazilian Merganser Extension to Oct 7, 2021)
EMPEROR PENGUINS IN THE WEDDELL SEA: IN SEARCH OF ANTARCTICA'S MOST ICONIC BIRD
Nov 12-25, 2021 with Tom Johnson
The ultimate seabird quest for a magnificent species seen by few birders: Emperor Penguin! Variable fee depending on cabin choice.
ARIZONA WINTER SPECIALTIES
Dec 27, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 with Tom Johnson
Exceptional winter birding on a short tour with numerous specialties and potential rarities.


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