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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Miyajima Island, Japan
August 30, 2016
Video

Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan expedition. Along with him for the ride are, marine biologist Brad Climpson, ornithologist Brent Stephenson, naturalist Rich Pagen, and ornithologist Mark Brazil. Find out why everyone is...

Zodiac Cruising in Alaska
August 25, 2016
Blog Post

Alaska inevitably wows visitors with awe-inspiring scenery, abundant wildlife, and a long, colorful history. With more coastline than the rest of the states combined, exploring by ship is one of the best ways to see Alaska's many wonders. And, there is no shortage of cruises to choose from, ranging from mega-ships to private yachts. With so many options, one question to ask yourself is: Big or small? View our infographic for more information to help you make the best...

Lidth's Jays, Japan
August 24, 2016
Blog Post

Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work on avian...

Mike Moore
August 22, 2016
Blog Post

The reviews are in: Michael Moore has another hit on his hands.

We’re not speaking of the documentary filmmaker, but rather the charismatic naturalist who leads Zegrahm expeditions around the world. Moore’s most recent, an Alaskan overland adventure this past July, earned enthusiastic praise, particularly for his skills in directing the cast of thousands of iconic critters that...

Vietnamese Market
August 18, 2016
Blog Post

They’ve trained their entire lives for this moment: To lead you on our Vietnam: Culture & Cuisine expedition. The finest in their respective fields, our expert team joins you on a 16-day relay of market tours, museum visits, meetings with locals, and hands-on cooking classes. A few of the competitors:

  • Michael Moore, Team Captain (aka...
Shopping in Vietnam
August 16, 2016
Blog Post

I’ve had the incredible fortune to work at Zegrahm Expeditions for the last 13 years. During that time, I’ve embarked on a number of life-changing adventures from Antarctica to Zanzibar, and many places between. One of my favorite expeditions was a Vietnam cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi; it was so memorable that I decided to recreate the Zegrahm trip in 2016, so my husband could share this phenomenal experience with me, albeit on our own and not with a group.  

It...

Antarctic Peninsula
August 16, 2016
Blog Post

Though the ancient Greeks first hypothesized the existence of a southern landmass, Antarctica remained undiscovered throughout most of human history. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the existence of this mythic land was finally confirmed.

1773

Captain James Cook crosses the Antarctic Circle and circumnavigates Antarctica, though he never actually sights land.

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White-Footed Booby
August 9, 2016
Blog Post

The setting: somewhere in New Mexico. Oil field waste pits have not been properly netted to protect wildlife from their toxic mixture. Migratory birds, mistaking these holding ponds for water, have become trapped and died. The oil companies are in clear violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but Fish and Wildlife Special Agents need help in building their case. How many birds have been affected? How many species? Are any endangered? Time to call Pepper Trail, bird detective....

Valletta, Malta
August 5, 2016
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 31 & June 1, 2016 - Valletta, Malta / Embark Island Sky: Welcome to Malta, the honey-hued and history-steeped island sitting at the crossroads of the Mediterranean! After checking in with Cruise Director Lynne Greig and into the Grand Hotel Excelsior, we scattered to enjoy the amenities of the hotel’s coastal location or walked into the walled city of Valletta. Evening found us assembling...

Snorkeling in Indonesia
August 4, 2016
Blog Post

Brad Climpson is a marine biologist who spent the last 20 years living on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His passion for the underwater realm has taken him to Fiji, Indonesia, Bermuda, and the Maldives. An accomplished scuba diver, underwater photographer, and experienced boat handler, Brad has a passion for interacting with nature and sharing his knowledge with travelers...

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