How Charles Darwin saved the Galapagos Islands

Everything positive seems to take a long time . . . The naturalist-guides on the Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavour will go into Charles Darwin in far more detail than I can here, though none of them — in fact, no one anywhere that I can find — has appreciated the legacy of Charles Darwin in this manner. Yet it seems so strikingly obvious. Charles Darwin and his legacy of fame did save the Galapagos Islands. With the …

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Galapagos adventure on the National Geographic Endeavour is about to begin

Normally it’s impossible on the same day to snorkel with such cold water animals as penguins and fur seals and at the same time encounter typically warm water reef fish like Moorish idols and the red-colored squirrelfish and soldierfish. Cold and warm water marine animals usually are found thousands of miles (and thousands of dollars) apart … except in the fabled Galapagos Islands. Even more intriguing are the Galapagos’ fascinating land animals, particularly the giant tortoises, marine …

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The Arctic: A food court for animals

DAY 5  —  FOOD COURT FOR ANIMALS We’re smack in the middle of a bustling fast food court—for Arctic animals. Aboard the Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic Explorer,  in the Arctic, we’re at the north entrance of Wood fjord in the part of northern Spitsbergen that’s covered with what’s called “fast ice.” Naturalist Ian Bullock explains to me that there is an abundance o food here.  Thus the Eider ducks, the walrus — yes, we see a walrus!– …

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The Pacific Northwest and Alaska Cruises

I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m particularly interested in cruises that depart from somewhere nearby…the thought of countless hours of flight (with children in tow) prior to embarking doesn’t rank too high on my “must do” list.  Luckily, there are many options that require far less air time if you live on the West Coast, departing from cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. From May through early October, one of the best options to be …

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Lindblad Expeditions offers incomparable access to National Geographic-certified photo instructors

Lindblad Expeditions (www.expeditions.com) has launched Expedition Photography, an unprecedented service aboard every ship in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, which features a Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor on every departure. The unique access to these National Geographic-Certified Photo Instructors as travel companions and photo advisors in the world’s most extraordinary locations will help guests take their photography skills to the next level. The initiative capitalizes on the symbiotic link between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic —expeditions + …

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Lindblad Expeditions will celebrate Steinbeck book in special Baja itinerary

Lindblad Expeditions will celebrate the 70th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s classic book “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” with a special Baja California expedition that will recall the author’s famous journey and explore the immense natural beauty and ecosystem of the ocean that inspired it. In 1940, the legendary writer John Steinbeck embarked on an enlightening fact-finding and soul-searching journey along with his biologist friend Ed Ricketts. The pair set out to study invertebrate species along …

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