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Resplendent Quetzal Male in flight

What sets Merlin Birding & Nature Tours Apart?


At Merlin Birding and Nature Tours, LLC we know that quality birding and nature experiences only happen with small groups, hence we limit every trip to a maximum of 12 participants. Our costs are lower because we have no middleman; our guides are our owners. Importantly, we always select the most experienced and knowledgeable local guides.

We are acutely aware of the global impacts of our travel, so our tour fees incorporate payment of carbon offsets for every tour participant. We also support nonprofit conservation groups where we travel, and we are a proud partner of Montana Audubon, a statewide bird conservation organization. We welcome your call to learn about and/or book your extraordinary birding adventure with us today! (406-461-5714).

Yellow-throated Toucan on branch
grizzly on carcas in yellowstone national park
Pair of Humpback Whales deep dive

Looking for an outstanding birding trip to an exotic location? Our birding tours are designed to maximize bird and habitat diversity, and always strive to incorporate noteworthy cultural/ historical features as well. 

During our Yellowstone Park Tour you'll view bears, wolves, bison, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, eagles and so much more in the world's first national park! We know the park exceptionally well and always enjoy sharing our diverse experiences, knowledge and passion with you!

If both birding and wildlife watching appeal to you, we have a tour for you! Consider joining us on our tour to South Africa or Nova Scotia/Newfoundland (in addition to Yellowstone!). 

Image of the Month by a Tour Participant

Great shearwater flying over water
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Great Shearwater photo by David Ewer. Bay Bulls Newfoundland, July, 2023

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What others are saying about Merlin Birding

The Veracruz trip has it all: enthusiastic and knowledgeable leaders, great variety of ecosystems explored, spectacular diversity of birdlife, and unique cultural excursions. Kashmir, our primary local guide, was extraordinary. Mexico was a new country for me and I felt safe and relaxed with him. And I would go anywhere with Steve Hoffman; I love his enthusiasm, knowledge and excitement for a place and the people he loves. I felt he was sharing his Mexican family with us—a real privilege. This is a trip to be enjoyed more than once!

Lila B. (Veracruz Trip)

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