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"I've been on previous trips with Field Guides. The expertise and knowledge of the leaders has always been exemplary. Tours have always been well organized and educational. Big Bend was certainly the same kind of experience. Excellent overall. Chris Benesh and Dan Lane were wonderful! This was our first trip with Dan: He is excellent! They both made the trip a successful birding event as well as an enjoyable journey."
- J.P., BIG BEND, THE DAVIS MTS & HILL COUNTRY

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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.

"I would absolutely travel with Dan Lane again. He made the trip interesting with his wide-ranging knowledge of the behavior and biology of the birds and other wildlife in the area. He is experienced and dedicated, and his good nature made the inevitable early mornings easy to take. He was accommodating to individuals while keeping focus on the group as a whole." P. S., Iquitos, Peru: Canopy Walkways & Ancient Forests



Dan's Upcoming Tours

MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 22-29, 2018 with Tom Johnson & Dan Lane
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Feb 16-25, 2019 with Dan Lane & local guide
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.
MEXICO: OAXACA
Mar 9-16, 2019 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Jun 7-16, 2019 with Dan Lane
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
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jun 15-27, 2019 with Dan Lane & Dave Stejskal
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including five nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
Aug 2-13, 2019 with Dan Lane
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
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep 21 - Oct 6, 2019 with Marcelo Padua & Dan Lane
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 10, 2019)
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Oct 11-20, 2019 with Dan Lane
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
Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2019 with Dan Lane
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
Nov 10-20, 2019 with Dan Lane & local guide
A short but bird-rich small-group tour to the llanos of eastern Colombia for Crestless Curassow, Pale-headed Jacamar, and White-bearded Flycatcher, among others, plus several sites near the capital city of Bogota for a fine variety of endemics and specialties.
May be combined with Colombia: Cali Escape
HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA
Dec 21-29, 2019 with Dan Lane & 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.
MEXICO: OAXACA
Mar 7-14, 2020 with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Jun 12-21, 2020 with Dan Lane
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
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jun 20 - Jul 2, 2020 with Dan Lane
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including five nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2020 with Dan Lane & local guide
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
Sep 11-27, 2020 with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
The special bird life of the Bolivian Andes; wonderful mountain scenery.
(Bountiful Beni Extension to Oct 2, 2020)
NORTHERN PERU: ENDEMICS GALORE
Oct 7-25, 2020 with Dan Lane
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
Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2020 with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
NEW ZEALAND
Nov 8-26, 2020 with Dan Lane & local guide
Beautiful landscapes as a backdrop for nearly 50 endemic birds plus a great selection of seabirds.
(Pelagic Extension to Nov 28, 2020)
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 19-26, 2020 with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.


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