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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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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...

Lacepede Islands
October 6, 2016
Blog Post

Rich Pagen is a biologist who has worked on surveys for nearly everything; from mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, to bird migration monitoring in Canada, and even a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian Amazon. Rich loves the sea, and has also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well as tagging studies of sea...

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...

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....

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...

Asmat Villages, Papua New Guinea
April 20, 2016
Blog Post

Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

As I follow the latest electoral process in the...

Snorkeling in Fiji
March 18, 2016
Blog Post

Tiny islands, deserted atolls, dreamy lagoons, and year-round tropical temps: an expedition to Polynesia, Melanesia, or Indonesia fulfills every diver's fantasies. Here is a short primer to paradise.

Indonesia

What It Is
This southeast Asian nation, comprising an astounding 17,000 islands, is scattered over more than 740,000 square miles between the Indian and Pacific...

Nonong the Orangutan
March 27, 2013
Blog Post

On Zegrahm’s February 2013 Brunei to Bali expedition, guests had the opportunity to tour the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan, Malaysia. While there, they were able to learn about the organization’s mission and meet the resident orangutans, including a very special resident. Nonong is a 12-year-old female orangutan that suffers from cerebral malaria, which paralyzed her left hand and foot. Because of her condition, she will never be able to go back into the wild and will...

Megapode
June 4, 2014
Blog Post

The island and people of Tsoi Lik have always held a special place in the hearts of Zegrahm’s cofounders and travelers.

It all began on a visit over 25 years ago. While exploring the island, Zegrahm cofounder, Werner Zehnder, and fellow travelers were fascinated by the population of indigenous megapodes—chicken-like, incubator birds with small heads and large feet. Unfortunately, the megapodes were severely threatened at the time so the team organized a sizable contribution to be...

March 13, 2013
Blog Post
Under glorious sunshine, we headed out to explore the reef fringing tiny Dondola Island. The white sand flats between the reef and the island glowed a most inviting and brilliant blue color, and the outside of the reef dropped off as a steep wall encrusted with massive brown pipe sponges. Some of us observed the reef from the glass-bottom boat, others with a mask and snorkel, and some with SCUBA tanks. But whatever the method, the goal was the same: to conduct the first ever Zegrahm...

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