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Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

Today is our second day at Isla San Jose. The small mammal team went ashore after we picked up the overnight campers at first light. We moved north a couple miles to the largest arroyo on the island (pictured here). It is located on the western side in the middle of the island. The […]

November 20th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

November 17

Hello all,

We started our day at Isla San Diego, a small island north of Isla San Jose. The list of plants surveyed on this island today is 4 pages long! We spent two hours there and it was a successful visit with some new records of plants […]

November 18th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

November 15-16

Hello all,

We had windy conditions today that prevented us from visiting a different location on Isla Santa Catalina. So we traveled south to Isla Santa Cruz where we found a calm spot to launch the skiffs and go ashore. The group surveyed an arroyo for plants and then returned for a snorkel session. We […]

November 17th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

We started our day at Isla Montserrat this morning and then made the crossing to Isla Santa Catalina. It was nice and calm in the southern anchorage so we got everyone ashore.

Upon returning to Searcher, everyone was very pleased with their day with plenty of sightings […]

November 15th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

We changed locations this morning to the south end of Isla Carmen within the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park. We’re seeing a little different terrain with some sand dunes at this end of the island. Also, we saw more big horn sheep as we travelled down the island.

The group was able to survey […]

November 14th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

November 12, 2018

Hello all,

We landed today at Isla Carmen. We anchored in a calm spot and everyone went ashore for most of the day. The landing is a sandy beach and some people went for a swim after hiking to survey plants, insects, and birds.

Collected plants in presses, […]

November 13th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

Our day at Isla San Marcos was a big success yesterday and today we focused on another island in the area: Isla Tortuga. 

Capt Chris and I hiked to the crater edge on this volcanic island. It was tough terrain with lava rocks and vegetation. We […]

November 12th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello all,

We arrived at Isla San Marcos just after breakfast and found a calm area to anchor. The landing spot is next to an arroyo that goes across the island. We sent part of the group ashore there for the day. The rest of the group went ashore next to the huge gypsum mine. It’s […]

November 11th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

Research Expedition to Sea of Cortez (November 8-21)

Hello friends!

We are pleased to support a bi-national research and collecting expedition to many of the smaller and little-studied islands in the southern Sea of Cortez. In Cabo San Lucas, 25 botanists, mammalogists, herpetologiest, ecologists, conservationists, and citizen scientists boarded Searcher for the start of this exciting itinerary. Researchers came from San […]

November 10th, 2018|Sea of Cortez Island Research, Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 4

Hello birders,

We’ve had another busy morning with the highlight being a Cook’s petrel and red-billed tropicbird!

Cook’s petrel from previous trip @McGrath

There are also black-footed albatross, loads of shearwaters, Arctic terns and Townsend’s storm petrel too. Here’s a Guadalupe fur seal off the bow.

September 6th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 3

(murrelet photo courtesy of Todd McGrath)

Hello birders,

Black-footed albatross soars past the boat.

We’ve enjoyed a very busy morning with loads of birds: black-footed albatross, Buller’s shearwater, Guadalupe murrelet, long-tailed and pomarine jeager, leach’s storm petrel, and arctic terns! In addition er had  good looks at fin whales, a […]

September 5th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 2 (day’s end)

(Dolphin photo courtesy of Chris Earley)

Hello birders,

We had a productive afternoon with plenty of pink-footed shearwaters, and a new shearwater: Buller’s. We sighted multiple birds. We also enjoyed more common dolphin with shearwaters associated with them.

The finale was a large area of jumping, large bluefin tuna with […]

September 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 2 (mid-day)

Hello birders:

(brown booby photo courtesy of Tom Blackman.)

We started our day at Santa Barbara Island observing a colony of brown boobies that have made the island their home and are nesting here. There was one Nazca booby there as well. We were able to get the boat […]

September 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 1

(pink-footed shearwater and Risso’s dolphins photos courtesy of Tom Blackman on previous trips)

Hello birders:

We had a good start to our annual pelagic birding trip today. The seas are calm with very little wind. We saw many expected species on the first day, with the highlight being a red-footed booby. Some of our local species seen: […]

September 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Ready for some birding…pelagic birding!

We’re departing Monday, Labor Day, for our annual 5-day, targeting species in the southern California bight. Leaders include Todd McGrath, Dave Povey, Dave Pereksta, and Rob Hynson. Stay tuned to this space for the daily reports from the field!

September 1st, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas

Howdy whalewatchers:

We started out on Gorda Banks this morning and found a pair of humpbacks at daylight. Shortly after we saw a group of six humpbacks who were very physical with each other. We thought it was possible that they were battling young males. We had some really good views. […]

April 16th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Howdy whalerwatchers,

We have have been traveling south all day with good sightings of shearwaters: black-vented, pink-footed, and sooty. We saw a group of long-beaked common dolphins feeding on some small fish along with pelicans, magnificent frigates, and red-footed boobies. And passengers had a chance to chill on the back deck as well!

April 15th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Howdy whalewatchers,

We had another great day in Laguna San Ignacio with gray whales! One panga  went for a birding trip into the mangroves and they had a magnificent look at a male mangrove warbler only feet away.

The other two pangas went out for whalewatching in the calm lagoon and […]

April 14th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 1

Howdy whalewatchers,

We’ve had a great morning here in Laguna San Ignacio! The weather is great and the sun is out. The group had a fantastic encounter with mother/calf gray whales on our morning trips, so there’s lots of smiles today at lunchtime.

Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

Howdy whalewatchers,

It was just a great afternoon here! The weather […]

April 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Islas San Benito

Howdy whalewatchers,

What a great day on the island! Passengers walked the trails and saw California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals and even a harbor seal. There were several ospreys on the nest and flying around.(Thank you to Joanne Lasnier for use of her osprey photo from her 2017 trip to Isla San […]

April 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|