John Rowlett

John Rowlett, a native of Golden-cheek country, has been enchanted by birds since he and his sister were riveted by a Baltimore Oriole and an Indigo Bunting at their elementary school in Austin. After an 11-year apprenticeship working with Edgar Kincaid on The Bird Life of Texas (1974), John joined his friend Victor in partnering, in 1976, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, where he was an owner and guide for nine years.

One of the founders of Field Guides in 1985, Pepper--as he is known by his colleagues--has guided bird tours on all continents, specializing in the Neotropics. He settled down briefly to earn his Ph.D. 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. After sitting on the fence between natural history and literary history for more than forty years, he is retiring in 2016, still unable to decide how to spend his future--propose another tour or compose another essay?

Pepper is the 2009 recipient of ABA's Roger Tory Peterson Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding. He, Abbie, and the girls (pooches Sophie and Norah) are living it up in Charlottesville.

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  • Client Comment

    "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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