Date - September 19, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Galápagos Islands Voyage

Galápagos Islands Voyage
Speaker: Barb Bassett

In 2018, Barb Bassett spent ten days in Ecuador, mostly in the Galápagos Islands aboard the M/V Evolution on a Victor Emanuel Nature Tour. The Galápagos Islands are truly one of the most unique places on earth. Lying 600 miles off mainland Ecuador, the remoteness of the islands has given life here the chance to evolve in its own direction. This was not just a birding expedition so in addition to the special birds of the islands such as Galápagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Waved Albatrosses, and of course “Darwin’s finches” of every shape and size, Barb will highlight some of the other curious creatures that make the Galápagos famous: marine and land iguanas, brilliant Sally Lightfoot crabs, 500 lb. Giant Tortoises. She will also take us underwater where the group identified over 50 fish species plus Pacific green turtles, Galápagos sea lions, and giant mantas. It was an unforgettable experience!

Barb Bassett is a Jersey girl having lived almost all her life in NJ. She has always had a love for nature and the outdoors. She worked summers in Cape May but the birding bug did not hit her until her two children started asking “what’s that bird?” After working for Campbell Soup for over 30 years, Barb semi-retired to form her own packaging consulting business which allows her to follow passion for birding and nature. She is volunteer naturalist for NJ Audubon, Cape May Bird Observatory, NJAS Young Birders Club; an active member of DVOC (council, communications committee, and Facebook contributor); a member of the Gloucester County Nature Club; a naturalist aboard the Osprey Birding by Boat; and one of the volunteer Spring Watch migration counters at Coral Ave in Cape May Point. She currently splits her time between Clarksboro and Cape May Point.

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