A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Rab Cummings Birder, Naturalist, Year of the Bird Ambassador
Born near Seattle, Washington, Rab enjoyed a highly unconventional childhood as the son of a veterinary science professor. He spent his youth paddling canoes through Canada’s hinterlands, deepening his love and understanding of the natural world. After earning a degree in natural resource management from the University of Montana, Rab focused his efforts on natural history education.
Joyful and curious by nature, Rab has taught field courses in wilderness areas throughout North America, including several years as a National Park Service Ranger at Katmai National Park, the world’s most accessible grizzly bear viewing site. He managed a nationwide network of water science educators. Later as the Youth and Education Coordinator for Ducks Unlimited, he connected elite science teachers with field biologists to conduct wetland and waterfowl monitoring and education.
You can expect to learn about birds when you travel with Rab. A lifetime of birding and years of conducting Breeding Bird Surveys for the United States Geological Survey has sharpened his eyes and ears. His experience teaching makes him an enthusiastic guide. Throughout 2018, Rab is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.
Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For more than seven years, he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park. Throughout 2018, Doug is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.
National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. Flip migrates with the humpbacks, spending summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and winters off Maui, Hawai'i.
Mike Greenfelder learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist. During college at Wittenberg University, he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab. His time there confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime. After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California, where he taught marine biology to school kids. Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.
Before joining Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, Mike spent one and a half years as the resident biologist at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, a renowned vacation destination in the South Pacific. His days were filled with a great combination of educating guests and local school children, research, and environmental projects. Mike has also worked in the Amazon of Peru and Ecuador, the Pribilof Islands of Alaska, the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and the kelp forests of Victoria, Australia. When not working, Mike enjoys underwater photography, searching for endemic birds, and sunset chasing. Throughout 2018, Mike is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.