Mike Fay

Why Elephants Matter

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 ...

Why Elephants Matter

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Final Ascent and Farewell

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: The Big Fish Fry

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Attack of the Ferns

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Fishing in a Homemade Boat

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. ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Slopes, Goats, and Roads

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: The Island’s Magic Gardens

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Disaster at St. Paul’s

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Return to Pitcairn

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. ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Why Are Birds So Beautiful?

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: “Down Rope”–With a Rope

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 ...