Recommended Reading

Your enjoyment of the trip will be enhanced with knowledge of the area. To encourage you to do some pre-trip reading, here is a selected list of resources. We also have reference books and field guides on board all the boats.

Baja California

  • Baja California Plant Field Guide by Norman C. Roberts
  • Sea of Cortez Marine Animals by Dan W. Gotshall
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California by Ron H. McPeak
  • Eye of the Whale by Dick Russell
  • The Forgotten Peninsula by Joseph Wood Krutch
  • Gathering the Desert by Gary Paul Nabhan
  • The Log of the Sea of Cortez by John Steinback
  • Field Guide to the Gray Whale by The Oceanic Soceity
  • The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins
  • A Desert Country Near the Sea by Ann Zwinger
  • Island Biogeography in the Sea of Cortez by Ted Case & Martin Cody

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Ecuador - Amazon, Galapagos, Cloud Forest

  • Tropical Nature by Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata
  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travelers Wildlife Guide by David Pearson & Les Beletsky
  • A Neotropical Companion by John Kricher
  • Birds of Ecuador, Vol. I by Paul Greenfield & Robert Ridgely
  • Wildlife of the Galapagos by Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter & David Hosking
  • The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
  • The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  • The Diversity of Life by E. O. Wilson
  • Ecology of Plants in the Tropics by Daniel Janzen
  • Galapagos: A Natural History Guide by Michael Jackson
  • The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates
  • The Cloud Forest by Peter Mattiessen
  • Amazon: the Flooded Forest by M. Goulding

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Alaska/British Columbia


  • Tongass: Pulp Politics and the Fight for the Alaska Rain Forest by Kathie Durban
  • Alaska: A Novel by James Michener
  • Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • Journeys Through the Inside Passage by Joe Upton
  • The Taking of the Tongass: Alaska's Rainforest by Bill Shoaf
  • Sailing with Vancouver by Sam McKinney
  • The Alaska Almanac: Facts About Alaska edited by Nancy Gates
  • Stikeen by John Muir
  • Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage by Jennifer Hahn
  • Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
  • Beyond the Whales by Alexandra Morton
  • Raincoast Chronicles by Various Authors from Harbour Publishing
  • Totem Poles and Tea by Hughina Harold
  • The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
  • Looking At Totem Poles by Hilary Stewart
  • Coming into the Country by John McPhee
  • Northern Landscapes: The Struggle for Wilderness Alaska by Daniel Nelson

Nature and Natural History

  • North Coast Odyssey: The Inside Passage From Port Hardy to Prince Rupert by Kenneth Campbell
  • The Nature of SE Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats by Rita N. O'Clair, Robert Armstrong & Richard Carstensen
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Jim Pojar & Andy Mackinnon
  • British Columbia: A Natural History by Richard Cannings & Sydney Cannings
  • Forest Primeval by Chris Maser
  • Sasquatch Books Field Guides by Various Authors with Numerous Titles
  • Glacier Bay National Park Alaska by Mark Kelley
  • Anan: Stream of Living Water by Bonnie Demerjian & Ivan Simonek
  • Coming into the Country by John McPhee
  • A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide: The Pacific Northwest by Stephen Whitney
  • Geology of Southeast Alaska by Harold H. Stowell


  • Orca: The Whale Called Killer by Erich Hoyt
  • The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins by Randall Reeves & Stephen Leatherwood
  • In the Company of Whales by Alexandra Morton
  • Guide to Marine Mammals of the World by National Audubon Society
  • Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska by Kate Wynne & Pieter Folkens


  • A Guide to the Birds of Alaska by Robert Armstrong
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Jon Dunn & Jonathan Alderfer

Bears and Other Wildlife

  • Track of the Grizzly by Frank Craighead, Jr.
  • Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series by Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • True Grizz by Douglas H. Chadwick


  • Photography and the Creative Life by Nancy Rotenberg
  • How to Photograph Close-Ups in Nature by Nancy Rotenberg
  • Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography by Brenda Tharp
  • Photography and the Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson
  • Capturing the World: Great Southern Lands by Darran Leal

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