Dear Rockjumper Friends,
2017 is almost in the rear-view now, and what a year it has been. All told, in these last 12 months we have enjoyed dozens of adventures, seeing birds by the thousands, and best of all, we’ve done it together. Participants, tour leaders, partners and conservation groups, we have all bound ourselves up as one, ventured forth, and discovered the world country by country, with birds as our filter. Is there anything in all the world so enriching as our most treasured, feathered gems…? We all know the answer to that.
Indeed, this is the time of year when we reflect and give thanks, and before we go any further, Team Rockjumper extends to you our warmest and best holiday wishes. We hope that this holiday season finds you among friends, family and, of course, some birds too. Surely many among us in the Americas are in the midst of participating or preparing to participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. To those of you dedicating your time these holidays to this long-established citizen-science project, we salute you, wishing you good fortunes, and perhaps more importantly, good weather!
Heading into 2018, of course, many more birds and adventures await. National Geographic has dubbed 2018, The Year of the Bird, as it marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which they state is “the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed.” This is a fantastic development, and offers us all an opportunity to grow the global interest in birds. Check the link above and share it with your friends, so that they may learn more. And remember, too, that Team Rockjumper continues to try and honor our favorite field companions through the Rockjumper Bird Conservation Fund. A minimum of US$50 from each Rockjumper tour registration goes directly into the RBCF, which we use to support a variety of conservation projects. This includes the work of our friends at BirdLife International, and our image of this month features a bird we’ll be seeing with them very soon, in February 2018.
While anyone would recognize the featured image as a penguin, you know it as the King Penguin. A few of these dapper and comical birds bugle away on the stony beaches of southern South America, but mostly this is a bird of the Sub-Antarctic. It is famously seen in staggering numbers at magnificent South Georgia, en route to Antarctica. In February 2018, we head there with BirdLife International, and in 2019 we are proud to offer an exclusive Rockjumper charter! King Penguins are big and impressive, but they are not the biggest penguin, and our 2019 and our 2020 Antarctica charters target dates that offer the chance at the largest and most elusive penguin, the Emperor. Contact us and discover more.
Today though, we send you our regards and best wishes. To those of you en route home to your families, godspeed. And, to those of you for whom the holidays present a challenge, we hope birds shall help to lighten your load. We at Rockjumper are fortunate to count you among our friends, and as part of our community. Thanks, and may 2018 bring new friends, thrilling adventures, and always, the comfort of nature.