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"The best features of the tour were the outstanding birding skills of Megan Edwards Crewe and Tom Johnson, coupled with their extensive knowledge of bird lore and behavior, and their patience, perseverance, and cheerful personalities. I look forward to traveling with them again."
- B.H., SPRING IN CAPE MAY

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TOM JOHNSON: Field Guides Leader

Tom Johnson grew up watching birds in central Pennsylvania. Interested in science and the outdoors, he became involved in a variety of field projects, including banding migrant landbirds and conducting point counts for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas. He was fortunate to pursue undergraduate studies in biology at Cornell University, where he learned about systematics and migration while surrounded by the amazing ornithologists and birders of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

After college, Tom spent much of his time studying seabirds off the East Coast, conducting line transect surveys from NOAA ships between Nova Scotia and the Bahamas. He is a regional editor for North American Birds, a regular contributor to Birding, and a member of the ABA Checklist Committee.

Now living in Cape May, New Jersey, Tom devotes time to watching bird migration, photography, and searching for vagrants and hybrid birds. He loves helping others pursue their passion for birding and the outdoors, and is pleased to be able to do this while guiding for Field Guides.

As you can see in the listing below, Tom has a hugely diverse schedule, ranging from Arizona to Australia and Barrow to Brazil, with numerous other destinations in between.

"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

Here are a few links relating to Tom that we think you'll enjoy:
Traveling Trinovid (Leica) profile
Snowy Owl vs. Peregrine Falcon video clip
Tom's Flickr photo site



Tom's Upcoming Tours

MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 22-29, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Dan Lane
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan 5-14, 2019 (I) with Tom Johnson & local guide
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan 13-22, 2019 (II) with Tom Johnson & local guide
A two-parted tour to this bird-rich country exploring sites and birds not covered on our March or holiday tours.
BIRDING PLUS: BIRDS & WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
Feb 9-23, 2019 with Marcelo Padua & Tom Johnson
A tour combining an exploration of the great birds and vineyards of these two wonderful countries!
PUERTO RICO
Mar 17-23, 2019 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.
May be combined with Bahamas
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 6-16, 2019 with Tom Johnson
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 12-18, 2019 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 21-26, 2019 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 6-14, 2019 (I) 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 13-23, 2019 (II) 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).
GREAT RIVERS OF THE AMAZON II: BIRDING THE MADEIRA-TAPAJOS INTERFLUVIUM
Aug 2-17, 2019 with Bret Whitney & Tom Johnson
Live-aboard luxury on an adventurous birding tour through the lower Madeira-Tapajos interfluvium of central Amazonian Brazil; be ready for the unexpected!
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 5-14, 2019 with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
FALL FOR CAPE MAY
Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2019 with Tom Johnson
See bird migration in action at one of the country's top migration hotspots.
BRAZIL: RORAIMA ADVENTURE
Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2019 with Micah Riegner & Tom Johnson
A new itinerary to a part of Brazil rarely visited by birders, with a diverse array of habitats and range-restricted birds to explore and observe.
EMPEROR PENGUINS IN THE WEDDELL SEA: IN SEARCH OF ANTARCTICA'S MOST ICONIC BIRD
Nov 15-28, 2019 with Tom Johnson
The ultimate seabird quest for a magnificent species seen by few birders: Emperor Penguin! Variable fee depending on cabin choice.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 with Tom Johnson & local guide
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.
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, a good chance of Tiger, 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.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 4-14, 2020 with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
BRAZIL: RORAIMA ADVENTURE
Apr 22 - May 3, 2020 with Micah Riegner & Tom Johnson
A new itinerary to a part of Brazil rarely visited by birders, with a diverse array of habitats and range-restricted birds to explore and observe.
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May 10-16, 2020 with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner
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 4-12, 2020 (I) 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 11-21, 2020 (II) 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 26 - Oct 4, 2020 (I) 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 3-9, 2020 (II) 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


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