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Celebrate Earth Day with National Geographic Explorer Lucy Hawkes

Lucy Hawkes, biologist, National Geographic Explorer and Expert on several National Geographic Expeditions, joins us in celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day.
April 17, 2020

Lucy Hawkes joins National Geographic to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day and tells us more about her project to better understand and protect Arctic terns. Lucy furthermore discusses her travel experiences with National Geographic Expeditions.

For more than 130 years, National Geographic has been showcasing the wonder of our world and funding grants that aim to explore and protect it. Over the past 5 years, the National Geographic Society has funded more than 700 European and African citizens who have conducted bold, innovative and transformative projects that have helped to preserve and protect our world.

Biologist Lucy Hawkes received one of the National Geographic Society scholarships to study one of the longest distance migrations on earth, by a small seabird called an Arctic tern. In this video, she shares insight about her work to better understand and protect this species, and to inspire us all to care of the planet whilst celebrating Earth Day.

Lucy is passionate about sharing science with the world and joins several National Geographic and PONANT Expedition Cruises as an Expert. Lucy is particularly knowledgeable in the Cape Verde region, where she spent several years studying, tracking and protecting sea turtles.

Our Expedition Cruises offer a truly unique experience. With a National Geographic Expert and Photographer on board, in addition to PONANT’s naturalist team, these expeditions have been designed for travellers with a true passion for understanding and exploring the world around us.

Aboard Le Dumont d’Urville on a journey between Cape Verde and the Bijagós Archipelago in Guinea Bissau, Lucy tells us about her experience travelling with National Geographic Expeditions as well as her list of preferred and bucket-list destinations. And don’t miss the final surprise of the video, if National Geographic could grant Lucy a superpower, what would it be?

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