Category Archives: Travel

Sewage lagoon at Resolute, Nunavut, in July of 1979. That's waaaay far north, on Cornwallis Island, at 74°42'41.61"N, 95° 3'24.20"W Those yellow flowers are arctic poppies (Papaver radicatum)

1979 My days as an arctic explorer

I had a job interview once, in which an employer for whom I’d previously worked said

“sorry, Andrew, there’s not much work around Montreal this year – but if you want, I can send you to Resolute Bay”. 

With the supreme confidence that only a foolhardy 19 year-old can have, I said
“Great – when do I start?
And where the f___ is Resolute Bay?”

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Chattering Kingfisher, Atiu Kingfisher, or Ngōtare (Todiramphus tutus). Atiu, Cook Islands, November 2000. © Andrew A. Bryant

2000 Here’s looking Atiu

Once upon a time, Heather and I travelled far away to the small Pacific Island of Atiu, which is one of the Cook Islands.  Atiu is also known as Enuamanu, the “land of the birds”.  It’s a good name for the place.

The above is the endemic kingfisher found there, known variously as the Chattering Kingfisher, Atiu Kingfisher, or Ngōtare (Todiramphus tutus).

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2009 Twenty-two days in Alaska

In 2009 I took a short contract with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to look for marmots on Montague Island, which is in Prince William Sound, Alaska.  As it turns out I didn’t find any, but I haven’t so much fun not finding marmots anywhere else!

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2005 Eight days in Florida

I was fortunate to be invited to guest-lecture and supervise a graduate student at the University of Florida (Gainsville).  Thank you Madan!  

Not getting to Florida very regularly, I played hookey for a few days before I was due to officially arrive.  Thus I got to visit one of the best aircraft collections in the world, and chat briefly with Kermit.  Sadly, my scheduled flight in a Stearman was defeated by weather conditions.

Thereafter I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream by visiting Cape Kennedy.  On the way north I found a navigable gravel road at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  What an amazing spot! NASA played ball in the nicest possible way.

My first digital camera (a Nikon D70) had arrived about 3 months earlier.  I likely hadn’t finished reading the manual yet – but was pleased with some of the results!

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2007 Three days at Atlin

I was briefly hired by an engineering company to look for marmots at a proposed molybdenum mine near Atlin, B.C.  I did find a few hoary marmots (Marmota caligata) – but doubt it made much difference in the grand scheme of things.  The scenery was just amazing.

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2015 Six days on Mitlenatch

A colleague asked whether I might be interested in helping BC Parks to set up their summer volunteer warden camp on Mitlenatch Island.
He didn’t have to ask twice.

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2013 A submarine in Powell River?

Ok, so not exactly travel, but a weird day nonetheless.  I was on top of a ladder when Heather, who knows I’m interested in these kinds of things, called to say “there’s a submarine in our harbor’

Indeed, there was…

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2013 Comox Air Show

Since childhood I have always been interested in aeroplanes.  Especially old ones.

I built scale models and drove my parents crazy with paint fumes and the ever-increasing accumulation of historical books and magazines.   Although I never become a licensed pilot, my fascination with aviation never left.

I had long yearned to see a spitfire in the air, but never had the opportunity. Until I hopped on the ferry and attended the 2013 Comox Air Show.  It’s definitely not Duxford, but I really appreciated how well the organizers ran the event, and how serendipitous it was that the Snowbirds performed right over my head while returning home.

Tick.  One more item off my bucket list.

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2012 Texada

These images are from our first visit to Texada, the largest of the Gulf Islands.  What a spectacular place!

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