Earthwatch Teen Expeditions are designed specifically and exclusively for 15 to 18 year olds, and are completely different to any other experience teenagers can have.
Do something special this summer: trek the scenic French Pyrenees, research plants and animals, and meet interesting people from around the world.
In these mountains, climate change has already begun to alter the landscape. Some species are moving to higher latitudes, and some have even begun to disappear. The ways people use the land can also change the natural order of things, but not much research has been done on how people have impacted this particular place. Questions of how climate change and human activities are changing this alpine world are far from being answered.
You’ll be among the first to look for these answers. Your team will help weigh and measure small mammals, find owls and other bird species by spotting their nests and listening for their songs, observe bumblebees as they visit flowering plants, and detect bats. This research will help scientists understand how animals are faring and when natural events, like plant flowering and pollination, are happening. You will help scientists learn if species’ life cycles are becoming out of synch with each other, which could have serious consequences for the health of this beautiful place.