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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Isla Coiba, Panama
September 20, 2017
Infographics

According to a story in USA Today, some 85 million Americans enjoy watching and/or photographing birds, ranking it 15th on the list of the most popular activities. A 2011 survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that around 18 million people each year take trips exclusively for birdwatching, with many participating in competitions to spot as many species as possible.

Cuba is a perfect places to indulge in this increasingly popular pastime; with seven...

Isla Coiba, Panama
August 21, 2017
Blog Post

According to a story in USA Today, some 85 million Americans enjoy watching and/or photographing birds, ranking it 15th on the list of the most popular activities. A 2011 survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that around 18 million people each year take trips exclusively for birdwatching, with many...

 Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica
June 20, 2017
Blog Post

After nearly 20 years of traveling professionally, I’ve found very few countries that I would gladly visit over and over again. Costa Rica is the rare exception, thanks in large part to its friendly people, stunning natural beauty, and impressive biodiversity. And few places represent the best the country has to offer better than Tortuguero National Park, which Zegrahm visits as a...

Havana, Cuba
June 13, 2017
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30, 2017 - Depart Home / Miami / Havana, Cuba

Hot sun moderated by soft breeze greeted us in Miami, a preview for conditions on the two-week voyage awaiting us. Many of us were already acquainted from previous Zegrahm trips, and Expedition Leader Nadia Eckhardt soon began introductions and a briefing.

The next morning, our flight path followed the fragile low-lying...

Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil | Mark Brazil
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

We recently reached out to our field staff, to find out what their favorite wildlife experiences of 2016 were. From South America to Australia’s Kimberley, our staff have traveled the world this year. Below, enjoy their stories.  

 

Mark Brazil, Ornithologist

“What is your favorite wildlife destination?” It’s a common question, but a tough one to answer as there are so many great places. However, one springs to mind; each year I am fortunate to re-visit my...

Vinales Valley, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen continues! Watch as they describe the incredible wildlife you'll see, including the Cuban bee hummingbird and the endemic Cuban trogon, as well as some of the accommodations you'll be staying in. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 4: Cuba's Friendly Locals, Culture & Currency.

 

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Cuban Emerald, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

It is a condition found among many birdwatchers: the seemingly uncontrollable need to twitch. We’re not speaking here of the sudden, jerking motion—although the term is believed to have originated in the 1950s with a British birdwatcher known for his nervous demeanor. Rather, for serious birders, the act of twitching (also called chasing) is the willingness to travel vast distances for the chance to spot rare and elusive avian species, along with the bragging rights such sightings...

Floreana Island
September 16, 2016
Blog Post

Thursday & Friday, July 14 & 15, 2016 - Depart USA / Guayaquíl, Ecuador / Baltra, Galápagos Islands / Santa Cruz / Embark Isabela II

Upon arrival in Ecuador, we gathered at the Hilton Colón Guayaquíl for the night. After breakfast the following morning, we transferred to the airport for our flight to Baltra Island, then transferred by ferry to nearby Santa Cruz Island for a short bus ride to a quaint restaurant at an elevation of...

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....

Casa Orquideas, Costa Rica
July 5, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, April 13 & 14, 2016 - San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark Sea Adventurer / Golfo Dulce

We converged in San José for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Central America. We stopped first at a coffee plantation, where we roamed through the grounds, learned...

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