LeConte Bay and Petersburg

Jul 14, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Lion


LeConte Glacier is the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. During the morning we cruised the mouth of the bay, far from the glacier itself, but a fabulous spot to see graceful ice sculptures of every size and shape. In the afternoon, we visited Petersburg for hikes, exploration of the docks and harbor, bicycling, flightseeing, and a chance to wander the streets and see the shops.

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Gretchen Pederson

Naturalist

Gretchen became intrigued by plants, animals, and the out-of-doors at an early age while growing up in the San Francisco Bay area. Tolerant and encouraging parents permitted almost any pet imaginable, which provided excellent opportunities for her to observe animal behavior. Later, at the University of California, Davis, she focused her studies on zoology before completing a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology at Humboldt State University. As a graduate student, through a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, she researched the feeding ecology of mallards and northern pintails, a project that combined her interests in ornithology, botany, and invertebrate zoology - all lifelong passions that she still pursues today.

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