This tour is offered in partnership with Ventures Birding Tours.

Visit the spectacular Pacific Northwest in its finest season on this 11-day Venture to the state of Washington. We will visit the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia River Basin, covering a vast variety of habitats both wet and dry, from scenic, rocky cliff coastlines to above the treeline, and from rain forest to high desert. Highlights will include visits to both Olympic and Mt. Rainier National Parks, where we will search the high elevations for such specialties as Clark's Nutcracker, Canada Jay, Mountain Bluebird and Sooty Grouse, among many others.

Participants will also enjoy an all-day pelagic trip exploring the submarine Gray's Canyon, located on the edge of the Continental Shelf, where we should see an excellent variety of pelagic birds such as Black-footed Albatross, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua plus several species of shearwaters and storm-petrels, and marine mammals including whales, porpoises, sea lions and seals. Expect to see many new birds on this venture which should yield a total of close to 200 species!

Available spaces may be different to those advertised on our website.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Black-footed Albatross; Tufted Puffin; Cassin's Auklet; Pigeon Guillemot; Black Oystercatcher; Brandt's Cormorant; Heermann's & Western Gulls; Parasitic Jaeger; Varied Thrush; Townsend's Warbler; Lewis' Woodpecker; Williamson's Sapsucker; Vaux's Swift; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Lark Sparrow; Swainson's Hawk; Black-billed Magpie; Western Meadowlark; American Dipper; Pygmy Nuthatch; Cassin's Vireo; Mountain Quail; Hermit Warbler; Brewer's Sparrow; Burrowing Owl and many more!
Top Mammals
Grey, Killer, Fin, Minke & Humpback Whales; Pacific White-sided Dolphin; Dall's & Harbour Porpoises; Steller's & California Sea Lions; Northern Fur, Northern Elephant & Harbour Seals; Sea Otter; Roosevelt Elk; Olympic & Hoary Marmots, Bighorn Sheep.
Habitats Covered
rocky cliff coastlines, pelagic, shrub-steppe, above the treeline, rain forest, high desert.
Expected Climate
typically mild, expect temperatures between 59°F (15°C) and 75°F (24C°). Temperatures decrease with altitude and can be very cold when traversing mountain passes, as well as cold and wet on our pelagic.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Ventures Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Number of Species Expected
Photographic Opportunities
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The group saw 24 warblers (me 21) & I was elated!! Not to mention all the other quality birds. Stephen was superb. There were 13 of us & tho a high count of clients by RBT standards, it worked very well-we were lucky too-a fallout. Thanks Stephan thanks RBT.

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed both the tours - I saw lots of new birds, and our guide Stephan Lorenz was fantastic - extremely knowledgeable, and very patient, and made sure we all saw the birds. His wife Claudia was also extremely helpful in so many ways. I certainly hope I will do another tour with them in the not too distant future. The groups on both tours were friendly and easy to get on with. It was cold in Colorado, but it is a beautiful part of the world!

This was a short trip, but we saw a great number of really good birds, rarely seen in the US or, in some case, elsewhere. Stephan is one of the best guides I’ve traveled with and he is also very patient and very accommodating. We had a fairly large group – 10 – but I believe everyone had a chance for good views of every bird. I am looking forward to traveling with Stephan again in the near future to Barrow

I am always very pleased and comfortable with the Rockjumper and High Lonesome tours that I have been on. Stephan and Claudia are a wonderful couple! They make everything run so smoothly and are so pleasant to be around. I know it is their job, but they always take any issues or complications in stride and do their utmost to make everything run smoothly. And Stephan is as good as it gets as a birding guide... so well prepared and knowledgeable about everything. This is my third tour with him (in the US) and am always amazed (even though I shouldn't be by now) how quickly he picks up on birds in the area. Tremendous trip, even having logged 5000 miles in the vans, and am looking forward to the next one this summer.

It is great to be traveling again, even if it is a short domestic trip. But I don’t want to sell the tour short. It really was an excellent short tour. We saw a great number of migrating warblers and shorebirds. Stephan Lorenz has an uncanny ability to find the one special shorebird or a rare migrating warbler buried in the bushes. He is also kind, informative and always helpful. And a special thanks to Claudia for her help with the driving and coordination.

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