Searcher Team

Searcher Owner and Captain: Art Taylor

"It's the trip of a lifetime"

Art Taylor has owned Searcher since 1982 and has been guiding vessels in Baja’s waters for over 30 years. He is intensely dedicated to the people and wildlife conservation of Baja California and receives immense enjoyment sharing that with his passengers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Art is a great role model for anyone in leadership-expects high quality and crew delivers it! Every day brought a new, spectacular adventure.

—Fran and Ken Zichal, Iowa, February 2014

Searcher Owner and Office Manager: Celia Condit

"Join us to encounter the beauty of Baja's whales and wildlife."

Celia Condit came to the tour-operator business through work as a naturalist aboard a variety of boats, all heading south to Baja’s waters. She joined her husband Art in the venture of Searcher Natural History Tours and tends to the shore-based aspects of the business.

 

 

 

Searcher Captain: Aaron Remy

"Experiencing Baja through our customers' eyes is my biggest highlight."

Captain Aaron Remy started aboard Searcher in 2002 and is a cornerstone of Team Searcher. Aaron is a natural as he pilots Searcher around the wildlife of southern California and Baja California.

Searcher crew gets you close to the action.

Our crew is specially selected for their knowledge of the Baja California waters and its inhabitants. They are licensed captains, experienced skiff operators, and trained in safety maneuvers. We hire a professional cooking team to prepare and serve meals that are often described as gourmet.

"I love the view from my kitchen!"

 

 

Chef Charles Howell has been making delicious and healthy meals for hungry nature watchers for five years aboard Searcher. Boeuf bourguignon while watching a blue whale in the Baja sunset? We’ve got tables with a view!

Who are Searcher naturalists?

Two professional marine life naturalists will join you on your tour. Their backgrounds vary — researchers, rangers, science writers, biologists, university professors, and nature photographers.

What they share in common is that they are marine life experts, conversant in marine mammals, birds, habitats, and ecology and knowledgable about the little-visited islands and their unique blooming cacti, plants, reptiles, birds, and fishes and invertebrates in the snorkeling spots. But maybe most importantly, they are personable and eager to share their love of Baja’s wild places with others.

Leading a beach walk © Richard Crossen

In the evenings naturalists may show an illustrated program previewing the wildlife to be seen the next day and sharing insights on what was already seen.

Rob's evening program © Richard Crossen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can be sure they are scouring the seas for marine life, identifying birds from the skiffs, hiking the trails, snorkeling the coves, combing the beach, sharing the best of Baja with you!

 

Joe and MaryAnn McDonald

Joe and MaryAnn McDonald
World-wide travel, seminars, classes, and tours ALL with the nature photographer in mind....that's McDonald Wildlife Photography! Their wildlife photo tips are key to capturing your nature experience.

Dave Povey

Dave Povey
Dave is a San Diego pelagic expert and spends a lot of time chumming on board Searcher and gets us the birds!


Mark Van Biers

Mark Van Biers
Mark has observed well over 8400 species of birds and also gets very excited about mammals!

Paul Guris

Paul Guris
Paul Guris  the founder of See Life Paulagics. He has been birding since he was 12 years old and has been going on pelagics since the late-70s.


Jon Feenstra

Jon Feenstra
Jon Feenstra is a professional birding guide so he can spend every day outside.  If there's a boat looking for birds off Southern California,  Jon is on it.

Julie Kondor

Julie Kondor
Julie is most at home on or by the ocean, closest to her ocean friends!


Todd McGrath

Todd McGrath
Todd is an unbelievable pelagic bird expert who also knows his marine mammals and all things pelagic!

Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan
Birds, whales, seals, and nature photography are some of Lee's specialties. Combined with his friendly personality, this makes him a terrific leader on our tours.


Tom Jefferson

Tom Jefferson
Tom studies marine mammals, including conservation for the criticially endangered vaquita, Sea of Cortez porpoise. His id guide has a prominent place in Searcher's library!

Rafe Payne

Rafe Payne
Dr Rafe Payne, "Baja Rafe," has been guiding students and ecotourists through the wilds of Baja for over 30 years!


Marc Webber

Marc Webber
Marc is an accomplished biologist, but most people appreciate his humorous style and caring attitude for wildlife. His ID guide has a prominent place in Searcher's library!

Peter Gaede

Peter Gaede
Peter is a natural scientist--an illustrator and educator with a special interest in birds. He makes a subject come alive in a sketchbook.


Patti Schick

Patti Schick
Patti researches, writes, and teaches about marine animals, and probably enjoys it most when she is sharing sightings with people in an ecotourism setting.  

Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Paul has been leading trips aboard Searcher for many years. People love his easy and comprehensive interpretation of whales, birds, and their ecology.


Rob Nawojchik

Rob Nawojchik
Anyone who has travelled with Rob knows he is truly excited about the biology of marine mammals, fishes, and coral reefs!