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The male Marvelous Spatuletail is a highlight of our tours to northern Peru and a rare and extremely showy hummingbird. [Photo by participant Dale Zimmerman]
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DAN LANE: Field Guides Leader

Dan Lane was an active birder in his home state of New Jersey until he moved to Louisiana to pursue a master's studying Neotropical birds at Louisiana State University. By 1999, he'd received his degree and participated in three LSU expeditions to Peru and Ecuador, discovering a new species of bird (Scarlet-banded Barbet) along the way. His increasing experience with Peruvian avifauna landed Dan coauthorship on the Birds of Peru--alongside his childhood heroes Ted Parker and John O'Neill. Meanwhile, his continuing fieldwork has resulted in uncovering additional new species to science. His favorite areas are in tropical Latin America (Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia), but on occasion he leads tours to other corners of the globe and of course near his home in Louisiana.

"I would absolutely travel with Dan Lane again. He made the trip interesting with his wide-ranging knowledge of the behavior and biology of the birds and other wildlife in the area. He is experienced and dedicated, and his good nature made the inevitable early mornings easy to take. He was accommodating to individuals while keeping focus on the group as a whole." P. S., Iquitos, Peru: Canopy Walkways & Ancient Forests



Dan's Upcoming Tours

PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jul 15-26, 2017 with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including five nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru or Iquitos, Peru
IQUITOS, PERU: CANOPY WALKWAYS & ANCIENT FORESTS
Jul 25 - Aug 5, 2017 with Dan Lane
Two-week immersion in one of the most species-rich regions of Amazonia, including the white-sand forests near Iquitos.
May be combined with Peru's Magnetic North or Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Sep 9-23, 2017 with Bret Whitney & Dan Lane
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Oct 26-30, 2017 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Nov 2-6, 2017 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
NEW ZEALAND
Nov 15 - Dec 3, 2017 with Dan Lane & local guide
Beautiful landscapes as a backdrop for nearly 50 endemic birds plus a great selection of seabirds.
(Pelagic Extension to Dec 5, 2017)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 23-30, 2017 with Dan Lane & Doug Gochfeld
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
HAWAII
Mar 29 - Apr 7, 2018 with Dan Lane
On our birding tour we'll visit three of the major islands--Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii--giving us a chance to sample a great portion of the Hawaiian endemic birds and the seabird specialties.
CENTRAL PERUVIAN ENDEMICS: THE HIGH ANDES
May 31 - Jun 16, 2018 with Dan Lane & Dave Stejskal
High Andean endemics of central Peru on our birding tour to extraordinarily scenic settings, including Huascaran National Park, Lake Junin, and the Carpish Mountains.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jun 23 - Jul 4, 2018 with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including five nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2018 with Dan Lane
Our in-depth transect birding tour of the higher-elevation half of the Manu Biosphere Reserve.
May be combined with Peruvian Rainforests of the Tambopata
BOLIVIA'S AVIAN RICHES
Sep 7-23, 2018 with Dan Lane
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Sep 28, 2018)
NORTHERN PERU: ENDEMICS GALORE
Oct 3-21, 2018 with Dan Lane
Dry-season tour to one of the least-known and most endemic-rich areas of South America. Targets geographic specialties as it surveys the rich and diverse habitats of northern Peru, including some remote and beautiful wild areas; camping no longer necessary.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Nov 1-5, 2018 with Dan Lane
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
NEW ZEALAND
Nov 11-29, 2018 with Dan Lane & local guide
Beautiful landscapes as a backdrop for nearly 50 endemic birds plus a great selection of seabirds.
(Pelagic Extension to Dec 1, 2018)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 22-29, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Dan Lane
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.


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