Tracy Arm and Williams Cove

Jul 14, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


We visited Tracy Arm Fjord today to see the carved valleys left behind by the retreating Dawes Glacier. Early morning vigilance was rewarded when we spotted a black bear, foraging along the high tide line, and a humpback whale. After a hearty Alaskan breakfast, we took off in expedition landing crafts to view the South Dawes glacier, where we observed awe-inspiring calving and spectacular shooters. For the harbor seals basking on the ice floes, it was just another day in the fjord. The afternoon at Williams Cove was spent hiking among Sitka spruce and western hemlock, unlocking the mysteries of the old-growth forest.

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Daniel Baldwin

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An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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James Hyde

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James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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Mark Coger

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Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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