Victoria, British Columbia

Oct 24, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

In normal conditions for the Pacific Northwest in October, the fog was thick as we pulled into Victoria Harbour in the early morning. As luck would have it, the fog lifted after breakfast and we were rewarded with what became a beautiful day.

Some people headed out for historical tours on foot or by bike. Others headed out to explore the local botanical wonders. To say the gardens in this city are a masterpiece of horticulture would be an understatement. From Tibetan sequoias and Himalayan lilies to delicate, endemic maidenhair ferns, this island city has painted a landscape that is hard to ignore. 

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Jessica Farrer


Jessica graduated with a degree in evolutionary biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Since graduation she has worked in fisheries management on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, counted Steller sea lions from cliffs in the Aleutian Islands, tagged sea lions in the Galápagos and monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and for four austral springs she lived in a retrofitted refrigerator container on the Antarctic sea ice near McMurdo Station. In Antarctica she worked on a long-term population study of Weddell seals and hopes to continue working in this ecosystem on predator-prey dynamics of the Ross Sea. 

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