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"Peru was on our list of 'countries to be seen,' and we believe Field Guides has the most comprehensive tours to Peru. Excellent overall experience. Best features were the birds, of course, the excellent guide, John Rowlett, and the stay at the Wildlife Center. John has so much knowledge, has brilliant eyes and ears, and is such great company. We believe Field Guides have the best guides, especially for South America."
- M.&G.S., MANU WILDLIFE CENTER, PERU

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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

PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE: EL VALLE DE ANTON
Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 with John Rowlett & local guide
A superb introduction to Neotropical birds or a complement to your broader Middle American birding, all based at a charming lodge.
PANAMA'S CANOPY TOWER
Feb 8-14, 2015 with John Rowlett & local guide
A towering introduction to Neotropical birds based entirely in a unique lodge; quick access to famous Pipeline Road.
(Canopy Lodge Pre-Trip from Feb 4, 2015)
BIRDING PLUS -- SCOTLAND: FAMOUS GROUSE IN THE LAND OF WHISKY
Apr 18 - May 1, 2015 with John Rowlett & local guide
Imbibing Highland Scotland's famous grouse, distilling birds in the Hebrides, sorting through geese, sorting out crossbills, and sampling Scottish whisky and culture sum up the smooth shots to be taken on this Birding Plus tour.
VIRGINIAS' WARBLERS
May 27-31, 2015 with John Rowlett
Unsurpassed locale for breeding wood-warblers; cool, mountain climate in both beautiful states.
SERRA DOS TUCANOS, BRAZIL
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
PANAMA'S CANOPY CAMP: LOWLAND DARIEN
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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