Supporting conservation where the desert meets the sea
Lindblad Expeditions supports stewardship efforts in the places we explore, and one way we do that is through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund. Traveler contributions to the LEX-NG Fund in Baja California currently support the Gulf of California Conservation Fund in its efforts to facilitate conservation and research projects across the region.
Guest donations in Baja California also support National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grants, which promote future leaders with novel and exploratory projects that span the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. In awarding each $5,000-$10,000 grant, preference is given to projects that directly impact Baja California or that align with our mission to preserve the ocean, coastlines, and coastal communities anywhere the LEX-NG fleet travels.
All guest donations in Baja California are leveraged with additional matching contributions from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature; every $1 donated by a guest generates $3 of on-the-ground support. With this triple-punch of funding, guests can be sure that their dollars are achieving maximum impact in protecting Baja’s wild beauty and special wildlife.
Continue reading below to learn about projects we've supported over the years.
Donations in Baja help finance an ongoing study of the seabirds on Rasa Island. This important research contributes to the conservation of two endangered seabird species that live on the island.
Cabo Pulmo is home to the Cabo Pulmo National Park and an important coral reef off the coast. Through our partnership with ICF, we are supporting a local NGO that is working hard to promote economic development in Cabo Pulmo while raising awareness and urging policy changes that support conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Developing sustainable tourism provides communities with the financial resources to participate in local conservation efforts. We support efforts to create a sustainable tourism network in northwestern Mexico.
Long-term ecological studies of marine environments are chronically underfunded, yet are invaluable to scientists’ understanding of long-term regional changes. We are happy to support Dr. William Gilly’s efforts to understand seawater changes over time in the Gulf of California.
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