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Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Will you support our Justin Peter in the Great Canadian Birdathon?

By: Laurielle Penny
There are many organizations working steadfastly towards conservation goals and that rely on our support for their continued work. Bird Studies Canada – Canada's premiere bird science and conservation organization – promotes the Great Canadian Birdathon annually as fundraising event. I’m proud to announce that our very own Justin Peter (Director of Programs of Quest Nature Tours)...

Professor Christoph Richter and the Great Whales

By: Ian Shanahan
Humpback and Sperm Whales are two of the largest whales found in the waters around Antarctica. They are also two species with which Christoph Richter is intimately familiar on both personal and scientific levels. Professor Richter will be joining us as an onboard study leader next February on our exclusive chartered expedition to the Antarctic Circle and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Now bas...

Upping your Antarctic Vocabulary

By: Laurielle Penny
Getting your sea legs on board an Antarctic Expedition Cruise includes learning the right vocabulary for the voyage. Here’s a short primer of the essentials with thanks to our friends at One Ocean Expeditions. Iceberg Vocabulary:A fantastic variety of shapes result from both the formation and deterioration processes of icebergs. Like snowflakes, no two icebergs are exactly the same. But the...

A Small Penguin's Close Encounter with a Big Leopard Seal

By: Ian Shanahan
This story ends well for the penguin. Based on this photo (below, recently taken by Laurielle Penny), however, it looks like things could have been a heck of a lot different. In the foreground is a Chinstrap – a mid-sized penguin of about 10 pounds; in the background is a Leopard Seal – a marine behemoth (up to 1300 pounds) that has a particular affinity for mid-sized penguins like Chi...

Quest will be at the Festival of Birds 2017!

By: Justin Peter
It’s my great pleasure to announce that Quest will be at this year’s Festival of Birds! This event takes place each May at Point Pelee National Park, which is the most southerly point of mainland Canada and rightly considered one of the world’s best locations to watch birds during spring migration. It’s a special year for Festival participants as Parks Canada is availing th...

Monarchs of Mexico: The Highlights

By: Jessica Linton
In February I had the immense pleasure of leading my first Quest tour to the famed overwintering grounds of Monarch butterflies in Mexico. During the tour we visited four of the five butterfly sanctuaries that are open to the public. These sanctuaries are located within the high-altitude pine and fir forests of the Reserva de Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve). ...