WINGS Birding Tours began in 1973 when Davis Finch and Will Russell formed Northeast Birding, an organization offering tours under their own leadership to the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. After some exploratory ventures, our program was gradually enlarged to include tours to Alaska, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. Rich Stallcup joined the company in 1977, giving us broader knowledge and better geographical balance, and the range of our tours continued to expand. In February 1980, we concluded an agreement with Sunbird, under which we offered a schedule of joint tours. In July 1980 we formed WINGS, incorporating Northeast Birding and Will Russell Weekends. We purchased Sunbird in August 1982, and David Fisher was appointed director of our United Kingdom operations. In 1987 we moved our headquarters from Northeast Harbor, Maine, to Tucson, Arizona, where we’ve remained.