Protecting and studying the wildness at Earth’s end
When you travel with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, you gain a unique perspective on the world around you. We believe in not only providing an extraordinary travel experience for our guests, but also in the power of giving back. In conjunction with our guests and other partners, we are proud to support a range of projects worldwide. In Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic Islands, we make our ships available as a platform for exploration and research. We also support long-term projects with donations our travelers make to the LEX-NG Fund, and are committed to providing North American K-12 educators with a professional development opportunity through the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program in Antarctica and beyond. A sample of our recent and ongoing efforts is outlined below.
Aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, the LEXNG Fund currently supports National Geographic's Pristine Seas Project. Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. Pristine Seas is working towards the international goal of fully protecting 10% of the world's ocean by 2020.
On select South Georgia & the Falklands expeditions in 2017/18 guests will be invited to participate in a BioBlitz. Defined as a limited amount of time in a defined area, trying to find as many species as possible, it’s citizen science at its coolest in one of the planet’s most wildlife-rich locations. Guests will work with naturalists to collect and upload data on sub-Antarctic species. Since these islands get relatively few visitors, these contributions will matter.
Killer whales are the top predator of their environment and a deeper understanding of them provides a crucial baseline for understanding one of the Earth’s most rapidly changing ecosystems. We support researchers who use our ship as a platform for killer whale study around the Antarctic Peninsula.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, whaling ships introduced rats and mice to South Georgia. Since pelagic birds and songbirds of South Georgia largely nest on open ground or in burrows, their eggs and chicks have been decimated by rodents. Thanks to this project, rodents have not been seen on the island since March of 2015, giving native and endemic seabird species a chance to thrive.
As average temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula rise and ice disappears, animals that depend on the ice for habitat, like the leopard seal, are redistributing themselves. Leopard seals are apex predators that impact communities of penguins and other seals. Crittercam research seeks to understand leopard seal hunting behavior and more.
By installing time lapse cameras on the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia Island, Extreme Ice Survey uses photography to give a "visual voice" to the retreating glaciers and spread awareness of the impact of climate change on Antarctica.
Our naturalists and shipboard staff helped create IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) in 1991, a very successful organization that advocates, promotes and practices safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica.