"I chose this tour because Jesse Fagan was leading it and we had such a good time with him in Honduras last year. This was a wonderful overall experience! Best features were Jesse, the small group, the great seafood. I'd definitely travel with Jesse again -- I'm already signed up for his Dominican Republic tour next year. Group experience was great, as was the office service."
- L.C., BAHAMAS: BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES
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A female Collared Trogon sitting quietly, by guide Jesse Fagan
|JESSE FAGAN: Field Guides Leader
Jesse is a part of our Field Guides World Birding Rally team along with fellow Field Guide Dan Lane and Peruvian colleague Fernando Angulo. They'll be in the field Dec. 3-10, 2013. Read more about this exciting event at this link!
Jesse Fagan has been passionate about birds since his teens, when he had an encounter with a flying Pileated Woodpecker. He has birded throughout the United States, including spending seven years in Texas, and since 1995 has been studying the birds of El Salvador. In 2008 he published a CD of bird sounds of El Salvador, Vocalizaciones de las Aves de El Salvador. In 2005 and 2006 he co-led birding trips to Honduras, and in 2008 he guided the Field Guides inaugural tour to that country. He also designed and led the El Salvador banding tour and leads both tours to Guatemala. Jesse has birded in or led tours to Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and France. He is keenly interested in islands and enjoys leading many of the Field Guides tours in the Caribbean.
Jesse holds a B.S. and an M.S. in mathematics from Texas Tech University. Prior to joining Field Guides, he taught mathematics at the university level. Currently, he is working on a bilingual field guide to the birds of Northern Central America due to be published in 2013. He is known as the Motmot (or mot) to his closest birding pals.
"An A+ overall experience. The best features of the tour were staying in one place with trips out to other habitats. Rancho Naturalista is comfortable and very birdy. I am making plans for another tour with guide Jesse Fagan. As always, your office staff were helpful and pleasant." P. T., Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista 2011
Jesse's Upcoming Tours
|HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA|
Dec 19-27, 2013 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
One-site holiday tour based at the comfortable Rancho Naturalista Lodge, with excursions to other habitats on Costa Rica's bird-rich Caribbean slope.
|COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, THE MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA|
Jan 11-27, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
Energetic, endemic-oriented (30+) tour connecting reserves up the Magdalena Valley from Bogota to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
|GUATEMALA: SHADE-GROWN BIRDING|
Feb 12-22, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
Birding tour for numerous Middle American specialties, among them Resplendent Quetzal, a host of hummingbirds, and Azure-rumped Tanager, set against a dramatic volcanic landscape and colorful Mayan culture.
(Temples of Tikal Pre-tour from Feb 8, 2014)
May be combined with Honduras: Land of the Emeralds
|HONDURAS: LAND OF THE EMERALDS|
Feb 22 - Mar 2, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
Birding tour for the endemic Honduran Emerald plus arid Pacific slope, Central Highland, and Caribbean lowland coverage; nearly 300 species!
May be combined with Guatemala: Shade-grown Birding
|BAHAMAS: ABACO, ELEUTHERA & KIRTLAND'S WARBLER|
Mar 11-16, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
Small-group birding tour for four Bahamian endemics, several Caribbean endemics, a few early migrants, Kirtland's Warbler, and a sampling of West Indian butterflies; exciting birding at a relaxed pace.
May be combined with Dominican Republic
Mar 16-23, 2014 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Short birding tour for many specialties and endemics including the unusual Palmchat.
May be combined with Bahamas or Puerto Rico
|BIRDING PLUS -- DO THE CHARLESTON!: SPRING IN SOUTH CAROLINA|
Apr 27 - May 4, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
Our new tour combining spring migration and a touch of the mountains with lovely and historic Charleston, South Carolina.
|UGANDA: SHOEBILL, RIFT ENDEMICS & GORILLAS|
May 22 - Jun 12, 2014 with Phil Gregory & Jesse Fagan
The rare Shoebill and a wealth of other birds and many Central African specialties combined with opportunities to trek for Chimps and Mountain Gorillas.
|MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU|
Aug 7-16, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
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.
Sep 8-25, 2014 with Jesse Fagan
Endemic, rare, and specialty birds from coastal wetlands and towering cliffs to the Atlas Mountains and the northwest corner of the Sahara.
May be combined with France: Camargue & Pyrenees
|SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE|
Oct 11-26, 2014 with Marcelo Padua & Jesse Fagan
The spectacular wetlands of the Pantanal, with Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirus, combine with the many specialties of Brazil's Planalto Central to make for the perfect first birding trip to Brazil.
(Brazilian Merganser Extension to Oct 30, 2014)
|HOLIDAY IN HONDURAS: THE LODGE AT PICO BONITO|
Dec 29, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A holiday birding tour over New Year's based in a lovely and bird-rich setting at The Lodge at Pico Bonito.
Our staff travel agents can assist you with tour information, flight reservations and tour bookings. Contact us at (800) 728-4953
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