Isla San Estéban & Isla Rasa

Mar 25, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Before dawn, ambitious adventurers departed for a landing at Isla San Estéban for an opportunity to watch the sunrise from shore. This scenic island was ideal for after-breakfast hikes as well. Later in the day we stopped at a seabird nesting island for expedition landing craft cruises to view terns, Heermann’s gulls, and other birds.

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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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