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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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Cartagena, Colombia
May 3, 2017
Blog Post

Latin America is a collection of countries encompassing everything between the northern end of Mexico and the southern end of South America, as well as numerous Caribbean islands. The history of Latin America is remarkably rich, with colonialism creating regionally unique blends of traditional indigenous cultures and European influences.

Latin...

St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
April 12, 2017
Blog Post

When Englanders look to escape their busy everyday lives, many hop a ferry or turboprop for the short trip to the Channel Islands. Located in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy, the easy-going archipelago welcomes with its windswept coasts and beautiful beaches, colorful fishing villages and cattle-dotted fields, bird-filled wetlands and more sunshine than any other place in the British Isles.

So it is difficult to imagine that these bucolic...

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...

Hanoi
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Hanoi, Vietnam

After some long hours (or days) of travel, we arrived in Vietnam at last! The Hotel de l’Opera’s lovely breakfast served as the meeting place for our group, as we gathered together for the first time before quickly scattering on our first day’s adventures. One group set off for the morning Hanoi City tour, beginning at the Ethnography Museum, where we learned about Vietnam’s 54 ethnic...

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...

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
March 8, 2018
Blog Post

Although it’s typically thought of as one of the planet’s coldest places, global warming in Antarctica is raising temperatures at an alarming rate. In late February 2017, the temperature in one area of Antarctica was the same as in Cairo, Egypt. Around the same time, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced a new record high—63.5º F had been recorded at an Argentine Research Base on the Antarctic Peninsula.

That’s stunning, especially when you consider...

Isla Coiba, Panama
March 23, 2017
Blog Post

Snorkeling the protected waters around Isla Coiba, one encounters colorful parrotfish, red squirrelfish, and yellow pufferfish, along with grouper, rays, and three species of turtle. Located about 15 miles off the southern coast of Panama, Central America’s largest island is encircled by 335 acres of vibrant coral reef, the second largest in the Eastern Pacific. A new species of coral, Pacifigorgia marviva,...

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...

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