Legacies of the Land

Passionate about nature’s rich beauty and the achievements of human culture that our cultural expedition cruises explore, we strive to preserve them for future generations.

In addition to the concrete actions taken in our own operations, we partner with third-party initiatives of proven value.

Antarctic Site Inventory Seabird Surveys

We are supporting the Stony Brook University and eBird Antarctic Site Inventory initiative through The Polar Collective to monitor seabird distribution and habitat usage in the Antarctic Ocean.

We offer our guests the opportunity to contribute to these important surveys during every Swan Hellenic cultural expedition cruise that passes through the Antarctic Ocean. Benefiting from the support of an experienced ornithologist and second staff member, usually an expedition guide, our guests learn how to complete the surveys, generally conducted once per sea day in randomly selected 15–60-minute sessions. The surveys are then scanned and emailed to Stony Brook University to help advance knowledge of seabird distribution and habits.

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