Personal reflections and commentary on wild birds, birding, birders, birdwatching, and other natural history topics of interest
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The Trouble With Ecotourism
A tourist posing for a photograph with a Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) pup, as illustrated in this article from CruiseGourmet Magazine extolling a “luxury adventure cruise” of the Galapagos Islands. I wonder if this is what Abercrombie & Kent (the cruise company) considers “immersion into the outstanding natural environment” of the islands?
Addendum: Richard Hammond of The Guardian takes a critical look at ecotourism here.
My fascination with birds dates to earliest childhood. Entries in my high school senior yearbook profess my interest in ornithology. Birds and their conservation were the focus of a 33-year career as a professional wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that took me from the westernmost Aleutian Islands to the political intrigue of Washington, D.C. In retirement, birds remain my constant obsession.