In 2003 Madeira Wind Birds, still as a business plan, won the Entrepreneurs of the Future Award by Funchal's Chamber of Commerce for its innovative services for Madeira.
In 2004 Madeira Wind Birds company was founded, licensed and started to operate birdwatching trips.
Owned by a couple of naturalists, Catarina Correia-Fagundes & Hugo Romano who are the Madeira expert tour leaders in birds, butterflies and cetaceans and passionate for all other living creatures that the island's nature holds.
Until 2009 their sea trips were run in partnership with other boat operators but since 2010 Wind Birds operates its own pelagic expeditions and dolphin and whale watching trips with Catarina & Hugo being the crew responsible for the 11 meters long RHIB “Oceanodroma”.
After 7 years of activity Wind Birds was awarded the João Borges 2010 Prize by the Mayor of Funchal due to its good practices in the tourism, nature conservation and marine/nautical activities. So Wind Birds is an award winning ecotourism company that embodies the principles of sustainable tourism, contributing to the conservation and interpretation of the natural heritage of Madeira's Archipelago.
To know a bit more about the research work of the owners and tour leaders of all Wind Birds tours, sea trips and pelagic expeditions, you can visit the page for each of them where it is listed their publications:
Being just Catarina & Hugo leading the birding tours and whalewatching trips, tours schedules are always dependent on their availability (not to mention the weather conditions as well), as sometimes they may get groups that fill up their week or they may need to take a few days for research or even for their own holidays. So if you wish to book a tour with Wind Birds, please do it in advance so no one gets disappointed.