Ensenada de los Muertos

Feb 09, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

After braving the wind and sailing north during the night, National Geographic Sea Bird sat quietly at anchor within this sheltered bay on the Baja California peninsula. We spent our morning kayaking and paddleboarding from the white-sand beach. We also explored the rocky coast by expedition landing craft. At midday, Hiroshi Kawashima, one of our two Road Scholar leaders, gave a stimulating presentation on the history and culture of Baja California. After lunch and snorkeling, we gathered ashore for a barbecue dinner to celebrate our last evening together aboard National Geographic Sea Bird.

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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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