Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands

Oct 11, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


When glaciers carved this region 18,000 years ago, they left a scarred landscape that is now a jumble of islands. Flora and fauna have eagerly found various niches and thrive everywhere we travel. While there are ecological differences as we’ve transited from north to south, there was certainly no natural distinction, from a bird’s point of view, as we crossed an invisible line from Canada into the United States.

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Ian Strachan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

One steady constant in Ian’s life has been the ocean. Born by the rocky shores of mid-coast Maine, his family repatriated to far north Queensland in Australia early on in his life where he became a dual-citizen and sparked his passion for exploring new environments. Living only an hour away from the Great Barrier Reef served to direct, if not focus, the exhilaration of discovery and set him on his current path. Returning to native soil for education, Ian was fascinated by altogether too many subjects, leaving him with a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Psychobiology, focusing on animal behavior and perception, and with minors in Astronomy, History, and Environmental Science.

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