Sand Dollar Beach, Isla Magdalena

Feb 04, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

We landed on Isla Magdalena for walks amidst wind-sculpted sand dunes and along the beach where sand dollars, sea shells, and other treasures awaited discovery. After lunch the ship entered a narrow channel bordered by mangrove trees, and as we motored north, we encountered bottle-nose dolphins and the first gray whales of our voyage. A stroll ashore in late-afternoon light was a perfect finale of the day.

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Gretchen Pederson

Gretchen Pederson


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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