Chichagof Island and Pavlof Harbor

May 26, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


To facilitate keeping track of mammal, bird, and plant sightings during our voyage, we keep checklists on the bulletin board in the lounge. In one morning, we had checked off the following: humpback whales, Dall’s porpoise, Stellar sea lions, and killer whales. Of course, we did more than simply check them off on paper—we enjoyed their presence, their behaviors, and the magnificent backdrop of the Tongass National Forest.

In the afternoon we continued to add to the lists as we hiked and kayaked at Pavlof Harbor. Harbor seals secretly followed kayakers on their explorations, and a belted kingfisher chattered as it flew away from the hikers. We added not only sightings to our lists, but memories to last a lifetime. Oh, and then killer whales were sighted again after dinner. No, the joy of exploration doesn’t end, and isn’t that great?

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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James Biscardi

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James Biscardi is a young, ambitious professional photographer and videographer. He is always on the lookout for the next big adventure and “telling the story” through film.

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