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Birding and Natural History Tours

Woody with Heatherlea Group in Yellowstone

Woody with group in Yellowstone National Park

Arrange small group or individual outings for several hours, a half or full day, or a multi-day tour to local or regional natural areas. Even if you just have an hour or two to go birding, I will take you to a good spot. I can also help you find birds you are seeking and/or visit special places you want to see. We can travel via vehicle, foot, ferry, canoe, or kayak. I will provide a spotting scope, field guides and at least one extra pair of binoculars.

  • Timing: One hour to a full day or multi-day
  • Location: We can meet at your convenience, wherever
  • Age/Audience: Adults,families, diverse, multi-generational groups
  • Advance notice of two weeks minimum is helpful

Tours I have led include these areas (and more):

  • Union Bay Natural Area aka Montlake Fill
  • Magnuson Park
  • Seward Park
  • West Seattle/Alki
  • Canoeing and birding Union Bay
  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
  • Spencer Island Wildlife Area
  • Skagit Flats and Upper Skagit River
  • Olympic Peninsula
  • Cascade Mountains Loop
  • British Columbia – Fraser River Delta


“You are the best tour guide in the world!” – Hilary Hilscher, Audubon Washington, Communication consultant and tour participant

 “You have a real talent for leadership as well as writing. You initiated and fostered a happy relationship with each of us participants, with all of our various personalities, skill levels, and foibles.” – J. Barrie Billingsley, tour participant

“What a pleasure our morning was! Thank you for your skill and your stories and for your joy in the magic that we all shared. Add to your life list the creation of a new birder (me) and the inspiration of an experienced one (Lee). We look forward to the next time!” – Kate Janeway, tour participant


Book Readings/PresentationsLook Up! Cover

I would love to share essays from my new book Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window with your group or organization.  So far, I have done readings at a Bird festival, at nature centers, book stores and in a home.  If you have a group of 30 or more, I would be pleased to arrange a reading/signing book selling event.


You can almost hear his laughter and certainly feel the joy as he observes the behavior of birds in their natural environment.

Larry D Hubbell|


Other Presentations/Workshops

I offer the following presentations and workshops of 1-2 hours each:

  • Getting to Know Your Backyard Birds
  • Family-friendly Birding
  • Bird Migration
  • Texas Big Bend and Davis Mountains
  • Where the Wild Things Still Are:  Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Great Salt Lake Watershed

Note:  The first two can include a field component


“Our residents were so impressed with Woody’s knowledge and apparent passion for his field. His easy manner and beautiful images made for a delightful way to spend an hour.” –  Lisa Palm, Community Relations Director, Merrill Gardens at the University

Woody pointing out a bird (1)

Woody points out a bird

Conservation Nonprofit Consulting

Professional Consulting

Drawing upon my background of 20+ years working for conservation organizations and causes, I am available for consulting to conservation non-profit organizations, “Friends” groups and other entities working on land, species, habitat, trails or open space conservation. My areas of expertise include: partnership development, fundraising, grant-writing, communications and capacity-building.


“Thanks to you we understood our priorities, learned to tell our story and where to tell it. You took out the mystery and gave us direction. …If you have a group who is considering you for consultation I would be happy to offer my recommendation and answer any questions…Thank you.”

-Jim Freese,Interim Executive Director,Friends of North Creek Forest


Please contact me for rates and fees for any of the above services