Palouse River and Cruising

Oct 19, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


The air is brisk this autumn morning as we prepare for a variety of activities. Travelers heading to the Palouse Falls, 20 minutes overland, are the first to depart the ship. “I’m hoping it warms up a bit before we head out kayaking second round!” a guest chuckles. Others don winter-esque gear for kayaking in the cove and Zodiac tours up the river – we see knit hats, down puffs, and fuzzy mittens. “What kind of wildlife are we likely to see here?” a guest wonders. The answer: raptors! Golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and falcons top the list. If we’re lucky, we might just see a mule deer or two, lovely legged things foraging peacefully near the shore.

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About the Author

Sarah Keefer

Naturalist

Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study Wildlife Biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

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