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Earthwatch Program Sheds Light on Trees in Cambridge

Newly published results demonstrate the power of citizens and scientists working together on urban resiliency

BOSTON, June 13, 2017--More than 500 “citizen scientist” volunteers—from school teachers to students, corporate employees, retirees, and more—measured and monitored nearly 9,000 trees that comprise Cambridge’s urban canopy, far surpassing what city officials could have done on their own.

Bringing Back the Bison

Tens of millions of wild bison once freely roamed across North America before they were hunted to near extinction. Today, Earthwatch, in partnership with the Blackfoot First Nation, is helping to prepare for the return of this iconic species.

Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda

Chimpanzees are an endangered species facing numerous anthropogenic threats. The 600 remaining chimps in the Budongo Forest Reserve of Uganda are threatened by poaching, habitat fragmentation, and an unexplained reduction in the abundance of fruiting trees. Earthwatch scientist Dr. Fred Babweteera and his team of field assistants are conducting a long-term study to determine the underlying causes of the reduction in fruiting trees, while simultaneously providing relief from the threat of poachers and deforestation.


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