We design our Earthwatch Teen Expeditions specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. They’re unlike any other experience a teenager can have.
Do something special this summer: join the first-ever multi-city research investigation of England’s urban wild animals and meet fascinating people from around the world.
If you live in a city, you already know that urban areas are full of wild creatures. You probably also know that sharing space with animals can cause problems for people and the animals themselves. Join researchers in the seaside town of Brighton to find out how we can all live in better balance.
You'll focus on three common English city-dwellers: hedgehogs, foxes, and badgers. With a better understanding of why urban animal populations thrive or decline, the scientists can help conserve declining species (the hedgehog) and figure out how to solve conflicts with others (the fox and the badger).
This is your chance to get to know creatures you might see all the time, but not know much about. You'll set up and check camera traps to see what creatures appear when no one is looking, and explore green spaces for signs of fox and badger dens. You'll also check for hedgehogs in gardens by monitoring tracking tunnels, which capture footprints as animals walk through them. And you'll get to know some of the human inhabitants of these cities as well—you'll ask residents about sightings and their perceptions of the study species.