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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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arctic and antarctic wildlife
January 11, 2019
Blog Post

From Alaska and northern Canada to Greenland and Scandinavia, exploring the Arctic ranks among the world’s greatest adventures. For us, one of the most rewarding aspects was seeing the incredible array of Arctic animals that manage to survive in these harsh landscapes.

As the global threats of climate change increase, the wildlife that calls the...

 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...

Neko Harbor, Antarctica
April 8, 2018
Blog Post

We've been exploring via Antarctic cruises for over 20 years. In that time, we've honed an incredible trip—from Zodiac cruises among massive icebergs to hikes along glaciers, and all of the wildlife you get to see, our trips are truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To help give you a better understanding of what one of our Antarctic cruises is really like, we offer...

Queenstown, New Zealand
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday - Saturday, January 19 - 21, 2017 - Queenstown, New Zealand / Milford Sound / Embark Caledonian Sky

We gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, surrounded by stunning scenery. Some of us enjoyed a walk about town before we all met up for drinks, dinner, and introductions from Expedition Leader, Mike Messick. The following morning, the birders went off in search of black stilts and falcons—and were...

South Georgia
February 13, 2018
Blog Post

Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the...

Ushuaia, Argentina
March 14, 2017
Field Report

Friday & Saturday, January 6 & 7, 2017 - Ushuaia, Argentina / Beagle Channel / Embark Ocean Diamond

Ushuaia, ‘Fin del Mundo,’ at the southernmost tip of Argentina was where we gathered for the start of our Antarctic adventure, and after a night’s rest, we set out on various excursions to explore the neighborhood of the end of the world.

The keen birders were the first away, on their mission...

Adelies in Antarctica
April 11, 2019
Blog Post

The Wildlife of Antarctica’s Islands and Peninsula 

Known as “the great white desert,” Antarctica doesn’t provide the most hospitable environment for life forms to survive. Antarctic animals have to adapt to extreme dryness, high exposure, and bitterly cold temperatures. But that just makes the few extremophile species who do thrive there all the more...

Henderson Lorikeet
February 28, 2017
Blog Post

Birds are probably not the first attraction most people think of when dreaming about visiting the Polynesian Islands. But once you get your fill of glistening waters in every possible shade of blue, grand landscapes that tower like skyscrapers, gregarious indigenous cultures, and gorgeous tropical sunsets, the islands’ forests are well worth exploring.

French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands and atolls stretching more than 1,200 miles across the South Pacific. And...

Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia
January 5, 2017
Field Report

Saturday - Monday, November 5 - 7, 2016 - Singapore, Singapore / Jakarta, Indonesia / Manado / Embark Caledonian Sky / Bunaken National Marine Park / Siladeng Island

After a welcome from Expedition Leader Mike Messick, he shared that our charter flight to Manado had been canceled, and we were about to embark on a strategy that would deliver us all safely to the ship via planes, trains, and automobiles! We began our journey the...

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