Rich Hoyer began keying out wildflowers, raising butterflies and moths in his bedroom, netting tadpoles and dragonfly larvae, and catching snakes, lizards, moles, and voles with his younger brother and father before he finally discovered birding at the age of 14. After graduating with bachelors degrees in Zoology and German he began his dream guiding career in 1996 as a local guide on Saint Paul Island in Alaska’s Pribilofs. He has been a full-time leader for WINGS since September 1997.
His musical ear is always tuned into bird voices, and he has nearly instant recall of thousands of bird songs and call notes in his head, but his interests in other areas of natural history have only grown, and he continues to enjoy learning about various forms wildlife such as damselflies, keying out composites, and photographing beeflies, among many others. His other passions and hobbies include playing piano, singing, learning languages, cooking, baking bread, gardening, and knitting. He lives in Tucson, Arizona but soon will be moving back to his home state of Oregon.
The diversity of Rich’s natural history interests is well represented in his blog, Birdernaturalist.
- Peru: Machu Picchu and the Manu-Kosñipata Road (September 2019)
- Peru: Rainforest Lodges of the Madre de Dios (October 2019) One space remains
- Brazil - Minas Gerais (November 2019)
- Jamaica (March 2020)
- Costa Rica in Spring (March 2020)
- Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands (June 2020)
- Peru: The Cloud Forests of the Rio Mayo and Abra Patricia (July 2020)
- Brazil: Mato Grosso - The Pantanal and Cristalino Jungle Lodge (July 2020)
- Oregon: Birds and the Shakespeare Festival (August 2020)NEW!
- Oregon in Summer (August 2020)
- Bolivia: The Chaco, Valle Zone and Central Andes (September 2020)
- Bolivia: Northern Andes, Madidi National Park and Barba Azul (October 2020)
- Mexico: Oaxaca at Christmastime (December 2020)
- Mexico: Baja California's Cape Region (February 2021)
- Costa Rica in Spring (March 2021)
- Oregon in Spring (May 2021)
Updated: May 2019