Mike Fay

By Richard Ruggiero, J. Michael Fay, and Lee White Wildlife trafficking will receive overdue world attention this week at the United Nations General Assembly and by the Clinton Global Initiative and other elite platforms. The ongoing slaughter of African elephants will be in particular focus, as African states and their partners seek to craft consensus...

By Richard Ruggiero, J. Michael Fay, and Lee White Wildlife trafficking will receive overdue world attention this week at the United Nations General Assembly and by the Clinton Global Initiative and other elite platforms. The ongoing slaughter of African elephants will be in particular focus, as African states and their partners seek to craft consensus...

HOUR 1 Many rebel armies struggle for international recognition and money, in stark contrast to the well-funded government forces they oppose. In Africa, some such groups see wildlife as walking dollar signs, and poach elephants and rhinos to sell their ivory and horns abroad for cash. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay has made a career of protecting those...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 11 April 2012 This was the last day on this island; blast off at 17:00. My objective in coming back to Pitcairn was to travel slowly in a zig-zag fashion from the east to west climbing every ridge and traversing every valley on the south side of the island.  The...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 10 April 2012 The Claymore has returned, Enric and the rest of the team are back on the island, and there is a fish fry in the making.  I walked down from Highest Point to the Landing where everyone would gather to board the longboat and catch the fish.  I...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 9 April 2012 Rained all night and Highest Point was completely soaked again this morning.  I just kind of hacked around in the morning; Bren had school today.  Went over to Gannet’s Ridge just to see how cool it is to walk on a razor-backed ridge in the fog.  Takes...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 7 April 2012 I woke up early. It had rained most of the night again but not super hard. Bren came up at around 9. She had to bring stuff to the post to ship with the Claymore. People on Pitcairn only get one chance every three months to send...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 6 April 2012 Slept for about 11 hours last night. If I get into the outside mode my body immediately goes back to being a human again. I get sleepy just after dark even though I have a headlamp, and I wake up just as it is getting light. I...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 4 April 2012 I slept at Brenda and Mike’s house (well, outside on their veranda) last night because I needed to try and wash and dry my 5D and all the audio equipment.  I don’t have much hope for the camera but I had to try. Left the house just...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 3 April 2012 I was somewhere in an African village. The roosters were waking me up with their cock-a-doodle-doos.  I opened my eyes and looked up. The dream gone, I rewound my brain until I was in Pitcairn Island. It all came back to me: last night I had set...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 2 April 2012 I can hardly believe it: the Claymore headed back to Polynesia and I got left behind here on Pitcairn for 10 days. How cool is that? 10 whole days on the home of the Bounty buccaneers. The big thing I want to do is to hike up...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence 30 March 2012 I like to call them “Henderson” lorikeets, though their technical name is “Stephen’s.”  Every time I see a bird that is in the tropics, is bright green, red, blue, orange, and yellow, I think “What makes you that way and why are you always in the tropics?”...

Note: Due to the unfortunate discovery of a living rat on Henderson Island made by Mike Fay on 27 March, extra time was taken to communicate with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds before publishing his findings. We now recommence with the posting of the remaining entries from Mike’s Pitcairn Islands Expedition Journal...