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
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 "offical" 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
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.