I’m working on a small project involving birding tours but find myself betrayed by my lack of experience booking birding tours. For one thing, I’ve been extremely fortunate to know local birders during many of my travels. In other instances, I haven’t exactly been in a position to choose between multiple operators. In the Bahamas, I had only one choice, albeit an excellent one, while poor Puerto Rico didn’t even offer that many.

Anna's Hummingbird

What I’m wondering is what factors one weighs when confronted with multiple operator options. Do you go with the biggest shop? The smallest? The one with the best photos on its website?

Another question is whether there exists some useful resource for reading reviews of different birding tour operators. As far as I can tell, such information is scattered across the web when it exists at all.

I’d love to hear your experiences in researching, hiring, and using the services of birding tours.  If you’re a tour operator, I’m very interested to know what criteria you feel potential clients should consider when making their choice.  Let’s pool our vast collective knowledge and experience! Please leave your comments below or contact me directly if you’d prefer.

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.