Birding the Quebec Maritimes’ Islands near Rivière-du-Loup

Lighthouse at Pot du Phare (Photo credit: Roberta Sotonoff ©2012)

The Quebec Maritimes are a haven for people like me who are into nature. This northern part of Quebec along the St. Lawrence River provides both a serene escape from the city and incredible scenery. Jagged rock formations erupt from the water. Birds … [Read more...]

Sailing to Les Ecrehous in the English Channel in the Early Morning

La Marmotiere

As the boat slowly sailed past the St Catherine’s breakwater, on the north-east corner of Jersey, a small flock of Brent geese, winter visitors from the Arctic, took off ahead of us. Clearing the breakwater, our skipper, Richard, revved the motor, … [Read more...]

Searching for the Yellow-eyed Penguin in New Zealand

Yellow-eyed penguin in nest (Courtesy Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust)

The word “maybe” is out. We might see some, but there is no guarantee. Do we still want to go? We do. A guide points us toward our transportation, an 8-wheel-drive Argo. We'll be taking this vehicle, a cross between a tractor and a boat, to see the … [Read more...]

Taking a Break at Biocentro Güembé in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Macaws rescued from illegal trafficking in Bolivia (©Coen Wubbels)

"Another Inca ruin?" "Again so many hours in a bus?" "Can't we go swimming somewhere?" "More markets? I want to go swimming! Please!" I don't have kids but I can imagine this being a frequent scene between kids and parents on vacation (or … [Read more...]