Baja Peninsula

Dec 16, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

As we continue our journey southward along the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, we have returned to several themes that connect the many seemingly disparate locations we have explored: isolation and endemism. Like on the islands of the California and the north, the islands of Baja are dominated by species that have been isolated for thousands of years and have since diverged to become their own unique species found nowhere else in the world. Today we visited Isla Cedros to continue our search for the rare and unique. Guests hiked through a sprawling arroyo to get glimpses at diverse plant, bird, and reptile endemics and subspecies. Later in the day we sailed further around the southern side of the island to learn about the one permanent settlement and its dependence on salt production, encountered hundreds of flying fish gliding just above the waves, and boarded our Zodiacs for a relaxing sunset cruise.

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A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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