Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida

Dec 29, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Calm seas and almost no wind welcomed us into Ensenda Grande this morning on the island of Isla Partida. This volcanic island sports natural caves and various layers of colored ash; indicative of chemical signatures from different lava flows. We observed cacti of various species, including the cardon, prickly pear, cholla, and organ pipe. The canyon wren whistles a descending tone that carries well down the arroyo. Afternoon activities were all about the water with snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and swimming. 

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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