Tongass National Forest

Jul 01, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

Today marked our first full day in Southeast Alaska. We visited the Tongass National Forest, a protected area with abundant biodiversity. Before our arrival we saw several humpback whales along the bow of the ship; a promising sign of more wildlife spotting to come!

Once we reached our destination, guests were provided with activities of varying levels, from long or fast walks, to a short photo walk. All options were a great way to see flora and fauna among giant trees like Sitka spruce and western hemlock. We also saw traces of bears along the way and spotted eagles, some salmon, and even red squirrels. Many plants are now are in full bloom and are loaded with edible fruit, like salmon berries, and blueberries.

Back onboard we had our traditional Lindblad Expedition’s recap. Today our undersea specialist showed us the amazing underwater world via the video captured this afternoon.

Dinner was served as the sun slowly set. We eagerly anticipate tomorrow’s new adventure, and discover the ecology shaped by Southeast Alaska’s temperate rainforest.

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Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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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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