Friday Harbor

Oct 01, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


“Good morning on National Geographic Sea Bird. If you look outside, you’ll see that it’s raining. The forecast for this morning is rain, and the forecast for this afternoon is rain…” Thus, we were greeted this morning by our expedition leader. The forecast did not disappoint. We ventured out anyway to view wildlife and explore Washington State’s Friday Harbor. In 1859, an American farmer on San Juan Island shot and killed a large pig in his garden. The incident evolved into military escalation between the United States and Great Britain, and after this bloodless war, the San Juan Islands were awarded to the U.S.

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About the Author

Kim Nesbitt

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Kim moved around a lot growing up, spending time in Virginia, New Hampshire, and South Carolina before choosing to call Denver home. She fell in love with travel at an early age—visiting to all seven continents by age 24—and the outdoor culture of Colorado only fueled her love for nature. While completing her bachelor’s degree in biology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Denver, she spent time living and conducting environmental research in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where her work studying groupers at a world-renowned marine protected area was later published. She earned her M.B.A. from both the University of Denver and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, where she conducted research on sustainable tourism that will be used in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Her combination of business and natural science experience has allowed her to consult with the United Nations Foundation, publish field guides, conduct genetics research, and develop university study abroad programs.

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