Field Guides
HomeToursGuidesNewsAbout UsFAQContact Us
Client comment

"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."

Why Travel with Us?
Our Story
Our Tour Guides
Office Staff
Conservation Efforts

Tours by Region | Tours by Guide | Tours by Date | BIRDING PLUS tours | New Tours | Short Tours
JOHN ROWLETT: Field Guides Leader

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.

John's Upcoming Tours

Search for Tours
Sign Up for E-mailing
Request a Catalog
E-mail Us
Call us at:
Visit us on Facebook Visit us on

Our staff travel agents can assist you with tour information, flight reservations and tour bookings. Contact us at (800) 728-4953

All Aboard!
Download our Current Newsletter

Private Tours | Resources | © Copyright Field Guides 2018 | 1-512-263-7295