I gave a “Nat Geo Nights” talk about my adventures sketching seabirds in New Zealand for a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.
Read National Geographic's story about my project: nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/seabirds-art-news-new-zealand-conservation/.
Watch the expedition unfold on Nat Geo's field journal: openexplorer.nationalgeographic.com/expedition/sketchesfromseabirdland.
See my stories on the Nat Geo blog: blog.nationalgeographic.org/tag/abby-mcbride/.
Support seabirds: mimidmagazine.com/seabird-support.
Audio clips courtesy of Alison Ballance (thank you, Ali!). Photos appearing in this video are by me as well as by John Ayers, Ali Ballance, Jacquie Grace, Estelle Leask, Graeme Loh, Edin Whitehead, Otto Whitehead, and Tony Whitehead. Art is by me.
Thanks to the National Geographic Society, Fulbright Program, Fulbright New Zealand, Auckland Museum, Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust, US Embassy in New Zealand, Chatham Islands Taiko Trust, Bluff Hill/Motupohue Environment Trust, Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society, Te Papa Museum, Southern Seabird Solutions, Tawaki Project, Southern Discoveries, Dive! Tutukaka, Albatross Encounter Kaikoura, and other organizations involved in my project.
And thanks to everyone with whom I crossed paths in New Zealand and who shaped my journey there: Matt Rayner and family, Chris Gaskin, Karen Baird, Edin Whitehead, Steph Borrelle, James Ross, Todd Landers, Jo Sim and Rua, Estelle and Peter Leask, Rachael Sagar, Steve Kafka, Hamish McFarlane, David Smith, Alan Coster, Richard Tuhaka, John Ayers, Peanut Mead, Tony Oliver, Sarah Crump, Jolie Hazley, Flo Gaud, Juzah Zammit-Ross, Sharon Kast, Graeme Taylor, Kate Malcolm, Kalinka Rexer-Huber, Graham Parker, Mike Bell and family, Dave Bell, Dave Boyle, Tom Peschak, Otto Whitehead, Jon Franzen, Tony Whitehead, Angela Whitehead, Paul Whitehead, Melchert Duijve, Dennis Buurmann, Lynette Buurmann, Thomas Mattern, Janice Molloy, Susan Waugh, Dave Moore, Alex Dryland, Rob Mason, Alan Tennyson, Bill Morris, Bee Mathieu, Sarah Sue Roth and family, Brittany Turlock, Matt Stowell, Josie Galbraith, Sue Neureuter, Graeme Loh, Sue Maturin, Bruce Stuart-Menteath, Denise Howard, Sunkita Howard, Ali Ballance, Malcolm Francis, Rachel Tilghman, Kyla Orr, and many others.