About Me

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Mission, Texas, United States
I'm Tiffany Kersten, a professional bird guide based in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I spent 2021 traveling, birding, and gifting personal safety alarms to women birders I met on the trails along the way during my Lower 48 States Big Year. In 2022, I founded Nature Ninja Birding Tours, offering customized private tours in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.


For every $10 raised, one personal safety alarm (retail $30) will be purchased from She's Birdie and gifted to a woman I meet during my guiding or on my birding adventures. If you are inspired to donate, you may do so here: http://gf.me/u/zk4n6t

Guiding Rates & Information

Hi! I'm a Wisconsin native, turned Texan by way of New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. I hold a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Northland College, am a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation, and have spent over a decade as an environmental educator. I've taught about raptor identification and migration with the Cape May Bird Observatory, monitored shorebirds on Cape Cod, banded Honeycreepers in Hawaii, and finally landed in South Texas where I first worked at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, then Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, then managed the McAllen Nature Center, before completing a Lower 48 States Big Year in 2021, and founding my own bird guiding company, Nature Ninja Birding Tours. I guide primarily in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, offering half day, full day and multi-day customized itineraries for individuals and small groups. 

I am currently booking for all 2022 and 2023 dates. A non-refundable deposit of $100 per day is due to reserve the dates, payable by Venmo, PayPal (+5% to cover fees), or a mailed check. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the tour, payable by the above methods, or by cash. 

Please note that during peak season, November to April, weekend dates are generally not available. 

Half Day Guided Rio Grande Valley Birding Tour (4 hours)                                                                 For 1-2 people: $200. For larger groups, add $25 per person, per day.                                                                                                                   *November to April, due to high demand, half days are not available. 

Full Day Guided Rio Grande Valley Birding Tour (8 hours)                                                                  For 1-2 people: $350. For larger groups, add $50 per person, per day.                                                                                        *June to September, due to high temperatures, full days are not available. Half days only. 

"Big Day" Guided Rio Grande Valley Birding Tour (sunrise to sunset)                                              For 1-2 people: $500. For larger groups, add $75 per person, per day.                                                               *June to September, due to high temperatures, "Big Days" are not available. Half days only. 

At times, shared dates with another small party may be available. Shared half days are less $50 per party and shared full days are less $100 per party. Max 6 clients combined total for any shared dates. 

For additional information and for availability inquiries, contact Tiffany at tiffanykersten@gmail.com or call or text 715-209-5751. 

Tour Availability Calendar


COVID Policy & Driving options:

Due to the Covid-19 Omicron Variant: Until further notice, I will be meeting all clients onsite and we will caravan from site to site. 

I am happy to implement mask wearing whenever requested by the client. 

Please note: I do not carry commercial vehicle insurance and therefore cannot take clients in my car. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly. You will not need four wheel drive or high clearance for any of the sites in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Guiding Fee: Guiding fee only; it does not cover your party's site entrance fees, snacks, or meals. 

Food: We can either stop somewhere for a quick lunch, or you can bring snacks or a sack lunch to be eaten onsite at one of the birding sites. Fully up to you! If you would like to stop for lunch, please let me know in advance so we can work it into the itinerary in a way that makes sense. 

Lodging Suggestions: My clients have always loved Alamo Inn B&B, which caters to birders and is centrally located in Alamo, Texas. You can book online at https://alamoinnbnb.com. If you prefer another hotel, I highly suggest booking in the Mission or McAllen area. 

Date Changes: In the event you are needing to change your booked date(s), your deposit will be transferred and applied to those dates. Deposits are non-refundable and must be used within 12 months of the originally scheduled dates, or they will be lost. 

Weather Cancellations: In the event of inclement weather, a discussion will be had and a decision reached by both parties. Deposit will be applied to dates rescheduled due to weather. 

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