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"We had enjoyed two other trips with Field Guides in the past. The timing of this tour fit our schedule, and I'd always wanted to learn more about the area. The tour was excellent. Chris Benesh was a terrific guide. Easy-going group with a good sense of humor. Office service was excellent -- the office is always timely with help. I always enjoy my Field Guides trips and will continue to travel with you on additional tours."
- S.R., ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING

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On our Alaska tour we seek al four species of eiders when in Barrow, including Steller's like this beautiful pair. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
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CHRIS BENESH: Field Guides Leader

Chris Benesh grew up birding in California. After earning his degree in zoology, Chris joined the Field Guides staff, and his life underwent a wonderful transformation. The intervening years at Field Guides have taken him to many corners of the world and across both the Arctic and Antarctic circles!

Chris's passion for education has led to his serving on the Arizona Bird Committee, leading the occasional workshop, and--we must add--thoroughly explaining in admirable detail the nuances of flycatchers to tour participants and colleagues alike. Chris's schedule includes tours to many parts of North America, Panama, Mexico, Australia, and occasionally Peru. He lives in Tucson.

"Chris makes birding extra fun. His birding style and talent and good humor and helpfulness ensure a great trip for participants with varying levels of birding experience. I hope to travel with him in the future." A.B., Spain: La Mancha, Coto Donana & Extremadura



Chris's Upcoming Tours

ALASKA
May 30 - Jun 7, 2017 (I) with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 6-16, 2017 (II) with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
Jul 2-12, 2017 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Boreal specialties, seabird colonies, and numerous breeding landbirds in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2017 with Chris Benesh
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 7-16, 2017 with Chris Benesh
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
AUSTRALIA
Oct 9-29, 2017 (I) with Chris Benesh & Jesse Fagan
In two parts for those with limited time. Part I covers the environs of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, southwest Australia, and Alice Springs. Part II begins in Darwin and continues to Queensland (Cairns, Atherton Tableland, Outback Queensland, and O'Reilly's Guest House). Both parts combine for a complete birding tour of Australia.
MEXICO: YUCATAN & COZUMEL
Nov 18-27, 2017 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
A tour for the most interesting birds of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula amidst its attractive Mayan sites and only a short flight from the US.
PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE: EL VALLE DE ANTON
Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 with Chris Benesh & local guide
A superb introduction to Neotropical birds or a complement to your broader Middle American birding, all based at a charming lodge.
SOUTH TEXAS RARITIES
Jan 13-19, 2018 with Chris Benesh
Escape the winter birding doldrums on our week-long tour to the bird-rich Rio Grande Valley, with specialties from kiskadees and Green Jays to Hook-billed Kites and Altamira Orioles. And the winter potential for Mexican vagrants is terrific!
PANAMA'S CANOPY TOWER
Feb 4-10, 2018 with Chris Benesh & local guide
A towering introduction to Neotropical birds based entirely at a unique lodge; quick access to famous Pipeline Road.
(Canopy Lodge Extension to Feb 14, 2018)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2018 with Chris Benesh
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
SPRING IN SOUTH TEXAS
Mar 10-18, 2018 with Chris Benesh
Magnificent Whooping Cranes, lots of South Texas specialties, and spring hawk migration on this exciting tour.
TEXAS'S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY
Apr 21-30, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Colima and Golden-cheeked warblers, Montezuma Quail, and other southern borderland specialties in Texas's grand desert mountain landscapes.
May be combined with Texas Coast Migration Spectacle
SPAIN: LA MANCHA, COTO DONANA & EXTREMADURA
May 5-17, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Godfried Schreur
To La Mancha, famous Coto Donana, Extremadura, and the Gredos Mountains for some of Europe's best birding.
May be combined with Beyond the Ports of Portugal
ALASKA
May 31 - Jun 8, 2018 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 7-17, 2018 (II) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
Jul 1-11, 2018 with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
Boreal specialties, seabird colonies, and numerous breeding landbirds in the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.
ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
Jul 21-30, 2018 with Chris Benesh
An ideal time for visiting one of the best birding regions in North America: great for local specialties and Mexican vagrants.
SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA
Sep 6-15, 2018 with Chris Benesh
A diverse mix of West Coast specialties, montane species, and pelagics in rugged and scenic sites.
AUSTRALIA
Oct 5-25, 2018 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
In two parts for those with limited time. Part I covers the environs of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, southwest Australia, and Alice Springs. Part II begins in Darwin and continues to Queensland (Cairns, Atherton Tableland, Outback Queensland, and O'Reilly's Guest House). Both parts combine for a complete birding tour of Australia.
MEXICO: YUCATAN & COZUMEL
Nov 17-26, 2018 with Chris Benesh & local guide
A tour for the most interesting birds of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula amidst its attractive Mayan sites and only a short flight from the US.
PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE: EL VALLE DE ANTON
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019 with Chris Benesh & local guide
A superb introduction to Neotropical birds or a complement to your broader Middle American birding, all based at a charming lodge.


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