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.

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Client comment
"A fantastic experience. I have no complaints. All good. I thought guide Dan Lane did a great job. Very personable, friendly and patient. Office service was very good! In general, a great tour. Dan, along with Field Guides, did an excellent job. We will be doing another tour soon." K.C., MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU


Dan's Upcoming Tours


COLOMBIA'S SANTA MARTA MOUNTAINS & CARIBBEAN COAST
Status: Open
Feb 20-28, 2021 ($4075) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
An easier subset of "Bogota, the Magdalena Valley & Santa Marta," reached by a direct flight from Miami, and with a couple more days for a more leisurely approach.
CENTRAL PERUVIAN ENDEMICS: THE HIGH ANDES
Status: Open
May 28 - Jun 13, 2021 (Fee TBD) with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
Tour Limit: 12
High Andean endemics of central Peru on our birding tour to extraordinarily scenic settings, including Huascaran National Park, Lake Junin, and the Carpish Mountains.
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Status: One space available
Jun 19 - Jul 1, 2021 ($5825) with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
Tour Limit: 12
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including six nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Status: Open
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2021 ($4550) with Dan Lane
Tour Limit: 9
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.
May be combined with Peru's Magnetic North
MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
Status: Open
Jul 30 - Aug 10, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4750) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
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
Status: Open
Sep 10-26, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6575) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 12
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Oct 1, 2021)
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Status: Open
Oct 8-17, 2021 ($4550) with Dan Lane
Tour Limit: 9
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.
LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
Status: Open
Nov 4-8, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$1925) with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Tour Limit: 14
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
NEW ZEALAND
Status: Waitlisted
Nov 14 - Dec 2, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7475) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Beautiful landscapes as a backdrop for nearly 50 endemic birds plus a great selection of seabirds.
(Pelagic extension to Dec 4, 2021)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Status: Open
Dec 19-26, 2021 ($2850) with Dan Lane & Doug Gochfeld
Tour Limit: 14
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
COLOMBIA'S SANTA MARTA MOUNTAINS & CARIBBEAN COAST
Status: Open
Feb 12-20, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$4075) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
An easier subset of "Bogota, the Magdalena Valley & Santa Marta," reached by a direct flight from Miami, and with a couple more days for a more leisurely approach.
May be combined with Colombia's Marvelous Magdalena Valley
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Status: Open
Jun 18-30, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$5825) with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
Tour Limit: 12
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including six nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Status: Open
Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2021=$4550) with Dan Lane
Tour Limit: 9
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.
May be combined with Peru's Magnetic North
MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
Status: Open
Aug 2-13, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4750) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
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
Status: Open
Sep 9-25, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6575) with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 8
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Sep 30, 2022)
NORTHERN PERU: ENDEMICS GALORE
Status: Open
Oct 7-26, 2022 (Fee TBD) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
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
Status: Open
Nov 3-7, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2020=$1925) with Dan Lane
Tour Limit: 14
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
NEW ZEALAND
Status: Waitlisted
Nov 13 - Dec 1, 2022 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7475) with Dan Lane & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Beautiful landscapes as a backdrop for nearly 50 endemic birds plus a great selection of seabirds.
(Pelagic Extension to Dec 3, 2022)