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"I chose this trip because of the right place and time with the reliability of past experience on seven Field Guides tours; it also worked well with the Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga tour. There was a pleasing diversity of birds and glorious vistas with good companions. The best features were the large number of species, the well-prepared leader, the natural beauty of the area. Group experience was comfortable; others were friendly and courteous. I'd definitely travel with the guide again -- John Rowlett's a pro!"

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Prairie Warbler, one of the many possibilities on our Virginias' Warblers tour, by guide Eric Hynes
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JOHN ROWLETT: Field Guides Leader

John Rowlett, a native of Golden-cheek country, has been enchanted by birds since childhood. One of the founders of Field Guides, where he has long played a governing role, John has extensive field experience guiding bird tours throughout the Americas. Pepper--as he is known by his colleagues--has forever found birding at its best in the complex Amazonian drainage and the breathtaking Andean uplift, but he takes great pleasure in birding from the Appalachian Forest to the Atlantic Forest with novice and veteran alike.

When not on tour, he reprises a keen and abiding interest in genre theory, occasionally finding time to write about the enriching mixture of the birding life and the literary life. The powerful distraction of birds in the field continues to delay his on-going study of Wordsworth's poetry, a collection of Ralph Cohen's essays, and a review of ecocriticism.

John earned a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia where he later spent two years as Program Director of the Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change and where he served for five years as an Advisory Editor of New Literary History. Pepper is the 2009 recipient of the American Birding Association's Roger Tory Peterson Distinguished Service Award. He and Abbie, the "Sungrebe," live in Charlottesville.

John's Upcoming Tours

May 27-31, 2015 with John Rowlett
Unsurpassed locale for breeding wood-warblers; cool, mountain climate in both beautiful states.
Sep 26 - Oct 6, 2015 with John Rowlett
A short but rich immersion in the avifauna of the Atlantic Forest, based at one lovely site near Rio.
May be combined with Safari Brazil: The Pantanal & More
Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 with John Rowlett
A birding tour to a remote part of Panama with many specialties seen nowhere else in Central America.

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