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Lead Guide

Jesse Michael Rubenstein is the owner of New World Birding. He is an ornithology and environmental science graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he has taught courses in biology. His graduate research focuses on using Geographic Information Systems to identify new habitats for the Golden-winged Warbler, an internationally threatened bird species.

He was ranked top 100 birders in New York State in 2011 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Program and all time top 100 eBirders in the Dominican Republic. Jesse has spent time birding in the Amazon jungles of Peru, the cloud forests of Costa Rica, and the coastal lagoons of Southwestern Mexico.

Jesse’s field job experience includes working for Project Puffin on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Maine, and conducting point counts for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory in the national parks of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. In addition, he has been a volunteer bird bander at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory in New York since 2011.



Iván Mota is a native of the Dominican Republic, where he is one of the top three birding guides countrywide. He started his career as an artist, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Miami International University of Art & Design.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Program ranked Iván top five birders of all time in the Dominican Republic, and he was ranked number one eBirder in 2012 on the island. Currently he is organizing birding and photography trips throughout the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and Mexico.

Iván leads conservation projects for endemic birds of the Dominican Republic with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. His past conservation field jobs includes working for Project Puffin on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Maine; and working with the Vermont Center for Eco-Studies on monitoring Bicknell’s Thrush.

Iván recently moved with his wife and daughter to Colorado, where he will be trading in his surfboard for a snowboard, and leading birding and photography trips throughout the Rockies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Seeing a lifer is seeing a species of bird for the first time in the wild. You may have seen the bird in a guide book but never in real life. In the birding documentary “The Central Park Effect”, they describe it as the excitement of seeing a celebrity in real life who you’ve only seen in the movies. Getting lifers is one of the main thrills for us here at New World Birding, and we strive to get our clients as many as possible!
We don’t mind either term! The goal of birding and birdwatching reaches the same zen state. Jonathan Rosen of The New Yorker sums up the difference as bird-watchers look at birds; birders look for them. Birders seem to be more willing to travel great distances to see a rare bird and spend thousands of dollars on binoculars. Bird watching may involve just casually watching in your backyard. Our expertise accommodates both types.
Currently, our day tours are offered in New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Ontario. We also offer all inclusive overnight tours in all the Americas (North, Central, and South), and in the Caribbean Islands.
We can accommodate up to four clients with loaner binoculars. You are also welcome to bring your own.
Generally bird watching requires moving at a slower pace so we don’t miss the birds! We usually adhere to these guidelines and move slowly and quietly. Day tours generally involve light hiking on flat terrain. We accommodate clients of all ages and needs, so please contact us if you have any special requests.
We recommend wearing comfortable clothes for light hiking. This includes pants, a hat, and hiking boots or sneakers. We also recommend bringing drinking water, a snack, sunscreen, bug repellent, and a rain jacket in case of inclement weather.
We prefer Paypal. For day tours, we ask clients to send payment at least 7 days prior to your desired tour date. If you would like to pay with another method, please contact us ahead of time.


Offering guided tours worldwide, to help you find rare birds and lifers! We offer local day trips and all inclusive international tours.



per hour
  • Perfect for a quick lifer or local rare bird
  • Loaner binoculars for up to 4 people
  • Only $20 extra per person
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  • Add serious lifers to your list
  • Free pair of Nikon Binoculars
  • All inclusive (minus airfare)
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For any questions regarding our pricing plans above, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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