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 currently lives in 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 2021)
- Peru: Rainforest Lodges of the Madre de Dios (September 2021)
- Mexico: The Yucatan and Cozumel (November 2021)
- Mexico: Oaxaca at Christmastime (December 2021)
- Mexico: Baja California's Cape Region (February 2022)
- Costa Rica in Spring (February 2022)
- Mexico: The Lacandon Rainforest and Maya Ruins (March 2022)
- Jamaica (April 2022)
- Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands (June 2022)
- Peru: The Cloud Forests of the Rio Mayo and Abra Patricia (July 2022)
- Brazil: Mato Grosso - The Pantanal and Cristalino Jungle Lodge (July 2022)
- Brazil: Mato Grosso - The Pantanal and Cristalino Jungle Lodge (August 2022) One space remains
- Oregon: Birds and the Shakespeare Festival (August 2022)NEW!
- Oregon in Late Summer (August 2022)
- Bolivia: The Chaco, Valle Zone and Central Andes (September 2022)
- Bolivia: Northern Andes, Madidi National Park and Barba Azul (October 2022)
- Oregon in Spring (May 2023)
Updated: May 2019