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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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Elephants on Safari
April 9, 2018
Blog Post

I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been blessed to explore over 40 countries on six continents. The one thing most of the places I’ve visited have in common? An opportunity to...

Antarctic Sunset
July 25, 2017
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On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

Despite the brevity of this phenomenon, its rarity makes it an experience stargazers do not want to miss....

arctic and antarctic wildlife
January 11, 2019
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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...

Hall Island, Alaska
July 14, 2016
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St. Matthew Island and Hall Island are the most remote islands of the Bering Sea, nearly 210 miles from the nearest human habitation. Over the centuries, sheer distance has saved these islands from fur trapping, mining, oil drilling, airstrip building, and other human endeavors that left their mark on so many of the more accessible Aleutian Islands. During the Harriman Expedition in 1899, the islands gained the attention of Theodore Roosevelt, who included St. Matthew in a group of islands...

Denali
September 23, 2015
Blog Post

For almost two decades, Ingrid Nixon's work in expedition tourism has propelled her about the planet. From Antarctica to Greenland, Madagascar to Easter Island, she enjoys sharing the wonder of exploration and discovery with like minds. Originally from Western Washington, Ingrid was recently living in Interior Alaska where she worked for the National Park Service in...

Denali National Park, Alaska
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

As you embark on your Alaska immersion, taking in the grandeur and arresting beauty of the Great Land, ponder for a moment the great conservationists who took strides to preserve this majestic landscape. You’ll be visiting the protected lands that make up Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Kenai Fjords and Lake Clark national parks, all magnificent in their own unique ways and worthy of intensive exploration.

Denali, perhaps the biggest name in the state, is home to 37 species of mammals...

Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska
July 11, 2009
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With the early morning sun illuminating the peaks of the Alaska Peninsula, we gathered out on deck to watch our approach into Geographic Harbor in Katmai National Park. This area is known for its brown bears, so with binoculars in hand we scoured the shoreline and open areas in search of them. The calls of marbled murrelets echoed across the bay as we made our way into the inner harbor.

Low tide attracts bears to the shoreline because of easier access to intertidal creatures like...

Northern Fur Seals, St. George Island, Pribilof Islands
July 28, 2009
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The Pribilof Islands are known for the dense fog that regularly envelops them throughout the summer months, and today was no exception. We couldn’t see the island of St. George from the ship, nor for most of our short Zodiac ride to shore. However, soon the rocky coastline materialized before us, and we arrived at a small and very atmospheric village, nestled amongst green hillsides accented with beautiful wildflowers.

The Pribilofs are the most important breeding site in the world...

Brown Bear
December 20, 2004
Blog Post

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....

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...

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