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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Study tours

Baja California: Whales and Wildness in the Sea of Cortez

April 4-11, 2015

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We invite you to enjoy a voyage of pure discovery in the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to an incredibly diverse population of marine mammals and birds.

We'll marvel at large pods of dolphins as well as fin, pilot, Bryde's, sperm, or even blue whales.

We'll explore water-level caves by kayak, hike uninhabited beaches, snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions, and see colorful cactus blossoms.

Conditions permitting, we'll also visit Isla Rasa, where the elegant tern and ninety percent of the world's Heermann's gulls come to breed.

Our tour operator, Lindblad, who partners with National Geographic (one of whose ships we'll call home for this cruise), has more than thirty years' experience seeking out rare encounters with marine mammals.

We'll even explore the human species, visiting the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and historic steel church.

Leading our exploration of the Sea of Cortez's abundant bird and mammal populations will be Gregory Budney, who oversees the world's largest wildlife sound archive at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. Together, we'll enjoy a stimulating adventure, as each day our flexible itinerary allows us to follow the seasonal movements of nature's creatures, optimizing our sightings as we explore the many islands. Bring your binoculars and your zest for the wild.

Gregory F. Budney is the curator of collection development at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library, where he oversees the development of the archive of audio and video recordings. A well-regarded field recordist, Greg has contributed thousands of recordings to the library's archive.
Cornell's Lab of Ornithology

The Lab of Ornithology, a Cornell and national treasure, works to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science.

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  • Fitness scale: Moderately strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time. (Please note: More active options, including kayaking and snorkeling, are available for interested participants.)

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