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December 2019

Mexico’s Amazing Monarch Migration

Tue December 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

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When you think about riveting wildlife watching, polar bears, elephants or gorillas may come to mind first. But one of nature’s most mesmerizing creatures is much smaller — weighing just half a gram! We’re talking about the monarch butterfly. And we’re talking about tens of millions of them together, so many we can actually hear the collective hum of their fragile wings as we stand in their midst. Curious to know more? Take a virtual journey into the Kingdom of the Monarchs hosted by Court Whelan, Nat Hab’s Director of Conservation Travel. Court is an entomologist and did his Ph.D. research on monarchs and ecotourism—indeed, coming to see the butterflies in the remote fir forests of Mexico’s Central Highlands is an important part of ensuring the protection of their migratory habitat, as local communities benefit from our visit to the butterflies’ realm. Each fall, the monarchs fly some 3,000 miles from the northeastern U.S. and Canada to reach this very specific location where they breed and shelter for the winter. Court is also a photography Expedition Leader who recently published a book of gorgeous monarch photos—some of which you’ll enjoy in our webinar.

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Wild Croatia: An Active Adriatic Adventure

Tue December 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Few places on earth rival the Dalmatian Coast for sea kayaking. With more than 1,200 islands and reefs, Croatia’s turquoise bays and intimate coves are perfect for a paddling idyll, while its rugged interior offers more nature exploration on foot. Join Expedition Leader and Croatia native Monika Mikulec for a survey of Wild Croatia by Land and Sea, an active adventure featuring kayaking, village walks, ancient ruins, mountain lakes, and evergreen forests home to European brown bears. Explore Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, a 200-square-mile reserve and bird sanctuary that is the largest protected wetland in the Danube Basin. Witness the enchanting beauty of Plitivice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of crystalline streams, waterfalls and terraced pools. On the edge of Velebit National Park, visit Kuterevo Bear Refuge, founded to protect orphaned and injured brown bears that can’t be returned to the wild. Then, head to the coast to paddle, swim, feast and wine-taste along the Adriatic coast, island-hopping aboard a wooden motor-sailing yacht offering luxurious floating accommodations. It’s a diverse nature adventure that’s decidedly indulgent!

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January 2020

Tracking Wild Mountain Gorillas

Tue January 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Deep in the tangled jungles of Uganda and Rwanda’s volcanic highlands, take a seat with endangered mountain gorillas. Try to remember to breathe. Watch from your forest clearing as curious babies play, rambunctious teenagers wrestle, and a gentle silverback wields such an inspiring presence over his family that he steals your breath away. Sitting with gorillas is an apex wildlife encounter that’s unrivaled in its intimacy and its rarity. The mountain gorilla population is small but growing, thanks to solid protections nurtured by conservation tourism. Take our virtual journey to see gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and more with Expedition Leader Mark Jordahl—our naturalist expert who lived in Uganda for years and even wrote guidebooks about three of Uganda’s national parks for the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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