Hood River & Columbia River Gorge

Sep 30, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Today we find ourselves in the lovely hamlet of Hood River, in the Columbia River Gorge. Some of us travelled by coach to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum while others stretched our limbs with a brisk walk along a restored portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway and through the Mosier Tunnels. After lunch, we journeyed to the Draper Girls Country Farm where we sampled the local produce and had a stunning view of snow-covered Mount Hood. Toward sunset, we made our final lock transit at Bonneville Dam.

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Sarah Keefer

Naturalist

Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study Wildlife Biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

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Bob Gatten

Bob Gatten

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Dr. Robert Gatten is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in animal physiology.  He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on the physiology of exercise, diving, hibernation, and food processing.  He served as Head of the Department of Biology and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences over a period of 16 years.  He taught a freshman seminar on the expedition of Lewis and Clark.

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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