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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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Alaska
October 20, 2001
Blog Post

Roberta Foster is a teacher of gifted and talented students in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey. She won a trip on The Harriman Expedition Retraced expedition by entering a drawing sponsored by the National Geographic Society through their Geography Bee and donated by Zegrahm Expeditions. We asked her for her impressions of the journey.

For two weeks this past summer, I was one of the luckiest women in the world. I had won a ticket on The Harriman Expedition Retraced...

Bald Eagle, Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska
January 20, 2001
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More than a hundred years ago, a small steamship set sail from Seattle, bound for Alaska's wild coastal waterways and the annals of history. The ship was the George W. Elder; at her helm stood the venerable Edward H. Harriman, an east coast railroad man who had organized an unprecedented scientific expedition to a world as far removed from turn-of-the-century industrialized New York as one could possibly imagine.

Today, we are preparing to embark on a modern-day voyage to retrace the...

March 20, 2005
Blog Post

Two inseparable passions have shaped naturalist Kevin Clement's life since his childhood in the mountains of California. "I don't remember a time when I wasn't interested in the natural world or a time when I didn't love to draw," he says. "I don't really distinguish between sitting with my sketchbook and drawing, say, a tree, and studying its life history in a field guide. To me, they're both ways to learn about the tree and try to understand it."

After graduating from college,...

Brown Bear
December 20, 2004
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The annual return of Pacific salmon to the rivers of the north, in numbers beyond calculation, represents a massive delivery of protein and nutrients from the oceans to the land and the forest. The salmon drive that entire coastal ecosystem, and, in particular, they feed the bears.

To be sure, there are grizzly bears that live where the salmon runs don't reach and who never partake of that seasonal abundance. But those bears are smaller and less numerous than their coastal cousins....

Murres
June 22, 2010
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Morning light revealed a low gray cloudbank blanketing the 700-foot tall peaks of steep-sided King Island—the first stop on our Wild Alaska and the Bering Sea expedition. We bundled up, and carefully made our way down to the Zodiacs for an early morning exploration of this spectacular place. Named by Captain Cook in 1778 for a member of his party, King Island was once the winter home of a group of about 200 Inupiat. They subsisted on walrus, seals, and...

Walrus, Anastasiya Bay, Russia
October 20, 2007
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The walrus is a visually peculiar creature. To see one up close is to understand why scientists called it Odobenus rosmarus, tooth-walker, and why, in Old Norse, they were known as hval-hross, whale-horses. Indubitably, the walrus is a curious beast.

At sea, they blow and spout like small cetaceans, though they bellow like buffalo. Their rubber-like faces reveal an extraordinarily small and muscular mouth with a bristly muzzle sporting several hundred long, stiff...

Puffin
August 3, 2010
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This morning expedition leader Mike Messick assembled us for a Zodiac cruise around the Baby Islands where we had great views of the common eiders (with chicks), tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, and a peregrine falcon. The stars of the day were the whiskered auklets, as the Baby Islands offer one of the best places in the world to see these birds. Along with a few...

Northern fur seals
August 4, 2010
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This morning, we arrived at one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles: a northern fur seal rookery in the Bering Sea’s remote Pribilof Islands. The roars of the male fur seals would occasionally cease just long enough that we could hear the squeals of the tiny month-old pups. Scattered across the black lava rocks, many of these young seal pups were eagerly awaiting the return of their mothers, who were currently off on feeding trips. While the pups waited, the enormous adult males (which...

Aleutian Islands
July 30, 2009
Blog Post

After a morning visit to the port of Dutch Harbor, our captain navigated the Clipper Odyssey towards the pass between Akutan and Unalaska Islands, our passage from the Bering Sea into the North Pacific. The upwelling of cold nutrient-rich water around the Aleutian Islands is legendary, and its productivity was evidenced by the huge flocks of birds swarming around the ship.

Short-tailed shearwaters, which nest in southern Australia, make the long journey north to take...

Group photo
July 21, 2009
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As the Clipper Odyssey steamed north towards the Arctic Circle, the seas calmed so dramatically that the surface took on a mirror-like quality. Even the ubiquitous fog began to burn off, with some sun creeping down to warm our skin, and bits of blue sky visible overhead. We gathered on the back deck for a group photo and, while we squeezed together along the railing for the picture, anticipation grew for what was to follow: an Arctic swim.

Following the photo shoot, we...

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