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: help scientists discover everything there is to know about the beaver population in Germany’s Lower Rhine, and meet fascinating people from around the world.
Beavers were reintroduced in the neighboring Netherlands in the 1980s and have since made their way into this densely populated region. But researchers lack information on how many beavers live there, where they range, and how much they’re interfering with humans.
From boats or the shore, search peaceful ponds and streams for signs of beaver life, such as lodges, dams, burrows in riverbanks, and gnaw marks - and for beavers themselves. You’ll count those you see and observe their behavior. You’ll also find out about the world they live in by sampling the soil and water and recording other plant and animal species in the area.
No one has taken a systematic look at the beaver population in this area yet, so you’ll contribute to critical data that will shape plans to manage beavers. Beavers are skillful manipulators of their environment. Their dams can cause floods, divert waterways, change the composition of the soil, and even help bolster fish populations. They nibble on crops and fences. Help make sure the inevitable management plans that are developed work for the beavers, too.