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September 06, 2011

Sponge Treasures in Symi

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Greece's rich history as one of the world's earliest civilizations sometimes overshadows the smaller details of the country's landscape that offer incredible nature travel opportunities.

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Dear Traveler,

There are so many different ways to explore the world! I hope you'll take a moment to flip through our online version of the 2012 ENVIRONS nature travel brochure or watch your mailbox for your copy. In those pages, you’ll discover all the ways IE can help you personalize travel to fit your individual style and sense of adventure. You’ll find that discovering even the remote reaches of the wilderness can be easy with International Expeditions.

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The Sambas stream toad, also known as the Bornean rainbow toad, as spent years on the Conservation International list of “Most Wanted Lost Frogs,” and many feared this colorful species was extinct. In fact, it had been so long since scientists had spotted these spindly legged creatures — 1924 was the last known sighting — that only illustrations of the toads existed. That was until June 13, 2011, when scientists spotted three Bornean rainbow toads on a night search in the remote Sarawak region.

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One advantage to International Expeditions' location along Alabama’s Cahaba River is that we see so much wildlife. This hooded warbler had to be rescued by our own nature travel planner Charlie Weaver when it was injured after running into an office window. After a few minutes, this warbler was back in the wild. But the experience made us wonder what we can do to help birds steer clear of reflective windows. Here are a few tips we found from wildlife experts.

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It’s a highlight of any Galapagos Islands cruise experience — standing just steps from comical male blue-footed boobies as the honk, sway, whistle and dance their way to a mate. But it turns out that dancing ability may not be all it tales to impress a female.

According to a group of Spanish and Mexican researchers, the intense blue hue of the male bird’s feet is actually an external indicator of age and fitness for breeding.

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The New 7 Wonders of the World began as a global campaign to recognize human achievement and protect the planet's man-made wonders. After more than 100 million people around the world cast their vote, the rose-red city of Petra, Jordan has been recognized as one of man’s greatest accomplishments.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santiago, Darwin’s favorite island.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of "Darwin's Enchanted Isles."

"They loll around the harbors and spoon together the same way we do when we sleep, even to the same way we belch and cough. But it’s obvious that in the Galapagos, sea lions rule.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield has spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of "Darwin's Enchanted Isles."

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