Columbia River and Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge

May 05, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


We woke to another spectacular day on the Columbia waters. After transiting the McNary Lock and eating a hearty breakfast, we anchored off the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge where we boarded Zodiacs for our own discovery expedition. This wildlife refuge is extreme important to the spring migration of waterfowl. We saw bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets, American white pelicans, and many, many other birds. After lunch we had a staff presentation, then entered the John Day Lock, followed by the Dalles Lock at cocktail hour. We enjoyed the changing landscape of the Columbia River as we transitioned toward temperate northwestern forest.

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Aaron Raymond

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R. Aaron Raymond started his career as an underwater photographer, which blossomed from his love of the ocean. He grew up on a sailboat diving for abalone off the coast of California. He loves to photograph landscapes, nature, and wildlife—anything that allows him to capture fleeting moments and showcase the interaction of light and the natural world. Aaron has photographed life on all sides of the planet, from the depths of Madagascar’s oceans to the heights of the Himalayas, which he crested at 18,500 feet via motorcycle. 

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As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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