pOTTERcast Part 1: Sea Otters and Seagrass
In Southeast Alaska, sea otters have made a critical comeback after their populations were decimated during the fur trade. With their numbers growing, how are these charismatic critters impacting the ecosystem? Learn about the critical role this species plays in maintaining the health of seagrass habitat and what Earthwatch researchers and volunteers have uncovered so far. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
Volunteers have pinpointed a water pollution source in Lincoln.
We are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper by Earthwatch interns Jeneen Hadj-Hammou and Daniel Ophof, together with Dr. Steven Loiselle and Dr. Ian Thornhill in the highly respected PLOS ONE scientific journal.
Winter is Coming...and So Are the Cranes.
In episode 1, host Dianna Bell introduced the iconic Whooping Crane—the tallest bird in North America that spends its winter months in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. In late August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in coastal Texas, ravaging the cranes’ delicate habitat. What will await these birds as they begin to arrive in Aransas in the coming weeks? In episode 2, you’ll hear from the Earthwatch scientists and volunteers who are conducting critical research within this ecosystem—research that could help Whooping Cranes to weather the impacts of the storm. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
This summer ushered in a series of natural disasters, which are currently still ravaging parts of the world. From hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to earthquakes in Mexico, to wildfires in northwestern North America – Earthwatch field sites have been directly impacted by these destructive events.