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About Zugunruhe Birding Tours

A birding tour is a significant investment of time and money, so you want to be sure that you’re choosing a company that will deliver. Before we talk about our history, here’s the two most important things to know about us:

We love birds and birding, and we want to share that with you.

Our guides are there to show you birds and make sure you’re having a great time.

We strive to run flawless tours.

Finding birds is just one part of a successful tour. Making sure that the logistics flow smoothly and that you get what you expect (or more) are equally as important.

Zugunruhe has been running tours since 2008. We’ve run tours in Alaska to Attu, Adak, and Barrow plus pelagic tours around the Aleutian Islands, Newfoundland, southern California, and Washington state. Now we’re branching out to new locations: Hawai’i, Honduras, and soon, Brazil and more. Prior to starting Zugunruhe, I was a guide for Bird Treks since 2004, and I’ve been birding for over 30 years (my first “official” lifer was a Common Grackle on April 11, 1984).

These days, just about anyone can put up a website and call themselves a guide, but we have the experience to deliver the goods. Besides knowing how to find birds, we know how to organize a tour and handle the unexpected.

– John Puschock, owner of Zugunruhe Birding Tours

What’s Zugunruhe? 

The two questions we get the most are “What’s Zugunruhe?” and “How do you pronounce it?” Zugunruhe is a German word that means “migratory restlessness”, and it’s pronounced more or less “tsook-oon-roo-heh.” Yes, it’s a bit difficult to say, so do what I do and just refer to us as “Z”.

I chose the name because I’m interested in bird migration and it seemed like a natural fit for a birding tour business, even if it’s tough to pronounce. Just as birds experience migratory restlessness, birders experience their own restlessness, driving them to explore the world to see birds.