East Cape, Baja California Sur

Nov 17, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

With classic Los Angeles sunshine, guests embarked National Geographic Venture this morning to enjoy bloody maries, mimosas, and a pleasant sail across the Santa Barbara Channel to Catalina Island. Part of the Channel Island chain, William Wrigley Jr. purchased the island in 1919 and later donated 80 percent to the Catalina Island Conservancy. Upon arrival, guests went to shore to explore a small section of the island via hiking, kayaking, or Zodiac cruising. Since there is a high rate of endemism in both flora and fauna in the Channel Islands, they are commonly referred to as “the Galapagos Islands of North America.” The Catalina Island Conservancy works to protect these species, and guests had an opportunity to learn about the rare plants and animals – such as the island fox – that can be found only on these eight islands. After sunset cocktails on the sundeck, the natural history staff shared a recap on the history ecology of the island; during dinner, the ship sailed south for a view of the town of Avalon and its well-known casino.

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JIll Niederberger


Jill is an aquatic biologist, naturalist, divemaster, and captain with a love for everything living in and depending on water. Whether sailing catamarans, leading snorkeling tours, or assisting with cetacean field research projects, she enjoys connecting others to the wilderness around them. Her most recent adventures have led her into a focus on marine mammals – those creatures with fur and blubber that defy the odds by living in or depending on an environment in which they cannot breathe.

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Jeff Litton

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Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created UGENA.org, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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