New Island, West Falklands

Mar 10, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

From the time we arose at 6:15 a.m. to watch the sunrise off New Island in the West Falklands until the time the crescent moon appeared at sunset, we were blessed with an exquisite and enriching day. During the morning, we visited a bustling black-browned albatross and rockhopper penguin colony perched over the crashing sea below. In the afternoon, about 50 of us made our way by foot across this rugged yet stunning island to a gentoo penguin colony and sprawling sandy beach.

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Doug Gualtieri


Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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