JOURNEY TO THE SEA OF CORTEZ
A Science Expedition to the Gulf of California
$2195 USD per person
air and travel insurance NOT included
May 1 – 14, 2020
14 day expedition
- 5 days onboard the MV Adventure
– Studies include: coastal marine ecosystems, marine animal movement (whales, dolphins and rays) and marine conservation – 2 scientists + assistants)
- 5 days at the base camp on Isla San Jose
– Studies include: archaeology, geology and ecology – 2 scientists + assistants.
- 4 days at the Hotel Catedral
- Working along scientists from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur at La Paz (UABCS)
- Wildlife encounters
- Cultural interactions
- Wildlife conservation projects
- natural history, educational and cultural expedition
I participated in the Journey to the Sea of Cortez expedition with my school. My initial thoughts were that it was going to be an amazing trip, where I would see and learn some really cool things. The experience I had rose above and far beyond that. It took me a few years to fully realize the impact that you, your staff and the program had on me, but you have truly blown my mind.
You showed me that humans aren’t the most important things on this earth, and we have a responsibility as creatures with the ability to have the greatest impact on our environment, to go out into the world and make positive changes. We are part of a system far greater than we are, and every living thing deserves the right to quality of life just as we expect it for ourselves.
I’m now studying at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus in Kelowna. After two years of being totally uninterested in general arts, I decided to take a year off and look at what really mattered to me. I realized that I want to work in wildlife conservation with a focus on endangered species. For such amazing creatures to be threatened because of human-related factors is not something that I can comfortably sit and see happen. I’m now pursuing a degree in zoology, and afterwards I’m planning on obtaining a degree in conservation as well.
This past summer, I worked for the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on the Sunshine Coast. Orphaned, sick, and injured animals were what we cared for and treated. The dedication and passion these people worked with was absolutely inspiring, and further drove me to pursue a career in the wildlife field.
I guess what I really wanted to say, was thank you. Thank you for opening my eyes to the world around me, and the importance in protecting it. You stated in your bio on the Panterra website that “your goal throughout your career has been to make a difference in the lives of students you’ve come in contact with, turn them on to further learning, and instill in them the great importance and responsibility of being the future guardians of our planet”. Mission accomplished. I never thought anyone could ever have such an impact on the course my life would take, but you have become that person. Thank you so much for everything and if there’s any way that I can get involved, please let me know.
Eric Becker – Meadowridge School
This is my ninth expedition with Panterra. For me, it is always interesting to see what is new. Having made this journey before, coming back is like arriving at a long, lost home and taking delight in seeing old familiar faces and places again. On this journey were treated to two new experiences. On Los Isolotes, the sea lion habitat, we were treated to a show put on by the new pups. There were dozens of them, barely a month old, who came right up to the edge of the boat barking, splashing, and diving until one of the dominant males came out and herded them back to the safety of the rocks. The energy of these juveniles was amazing to behold. Lela also took us to one of the mangrove forests that was home to a rookery of magnificent frigates. There were hundreds of birds in all stages of development. I’ve always seen them soaring in the sky, but being up close and seeing the distended red throat sacks of the males was a real treat. We were also witness to one of the Baja’s legendary sunsets. The shades of orange and red were mixed in with a spectacular cloud formation. It was the perfect end to the day.
My only regret for this trip is that I could not have brought more of my Biology students as in past years. This trip shows you a side of Mexico that few people ever see. The weather, the geography, the intricate balance between the ecosystem and the fisherfolk that make this area their home, all make you appreciate the world in a different sense. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience the natural world.
Lela has spent so many years here sharing this place with everyone who wants to come and learn about the Baja. She is knowledgeable about the area, its inhabitants, the animals and plants, and the delicate ecology that persists here. She shares all of this openly with her guests, and one cannot help but be profoundly changed by a visit here with her. The phrase “highly recommended” is not nearly strong enough when exhorting people to come and experience this place. Come, travel with Panterra and become one with the Baja!
Jim D – Mapleridge BC