Entries for 2014
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Six enthusiastic citizen scientists returned from a trip to Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef in June. The Earthwatch research team was involved in diving and snorkelling to photograph individual manta rays for identification as part of Project Manta. This trip identified 28 mantas, along with 3 possible new individuals, which will now be documented as part of the Manta Identification Database.
Monday, June 30, 2014
If you need that cup of coffee to get going in the morning, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 survey by the National Coffee Association, 83 percent of people in the U.S.—the world’s leader in coffee consumption—drink coffee, and 63 percent of Americans have at least a cup a day.
Friday, June 13, 2014
We are excited to announce the first three of nine new expeditions that kick off in 2015. Join us to study and explore the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands, the desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California, or the oceans of South Africa. Get up close to sharks, tropical fish, and desert lizards, and help protect the fragile landscapes that all these species call home.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Palm oil, which comes from the fruit of oil palm trees, shows up on nearly every supermarket shelf. It’s also one of the main reasons for massive rainforest destruction in some of the most wildlife-rich places on Earth. At the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) on May 15th, Earthwatch sponsored an expert panel discussion to address how we can conserve rainforests as the demand for palm oil booms.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Citizen Science Network Australia (CSNA) has recently been developed to bring together researchers, educators, businesses, science communicators, government officials, community groups, and volunteers to connect and support the growth of citizen science in Australia. Dr. Chris Gillies, Earthwatch Australia's director of science, says that this is the most recent phase of a long tradition.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
YANUA International, a strong supporter of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation, has launched Saving Pandas, a mobile video game that raises awareness of the conservation of giant pandas.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Ecologist Alison Leslie has collected more than 40,000 photographs of the Majete Wildlife Reserve. This mountain of data comes from camera traps—remote cameras placed throughout the reserve that automatically take and save photos of anything that moves past. While sorting through a batch of photos in search of wildlife—a job often done by Earthwatch volunteers—two of her colleagues found something they did not expect. An image of two men, not wearing park uniforms, carrying makeshift weapons. Poachers.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Fifty high school students from Los Angeles County schools have been awarded an Ignite LA Student Science Award, a fellowship program sponsored by the LA-based Durfee Foundation, in partnership with Earthwatch.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine named our Wildlife of the Changing French Pyrenees expedition to its ninth annual “50 Tours of a Lifetime” list. On this singular expedition, team members hike through the mountains of France, guided by a scientist who has worked there for years. They work directly with the animals and plants that live there to discover how climate change is reshaping this wildlife-rich habitat.
Monday, April 07, 2014
It started with a tweet. Ms. Katie Kappler, a sixth-grade environmental science teacher from Plymouth, Indiana, reached out to Earthwatch on Twitter, looking for a scientist to speak to her students on coral reefs and rainforests. Since 1971, Earthwatch has worked hard to execute its mission of delivering enthusiastic citizen scientists to field research. This tweet opened up a perfect window for us to take our mission to educate right into to the classroom.