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.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Reconstructing social networks from hundreds of years ago is much more challenging than finding the connections between people today, thanks to the Internet. In Colorado and New Mexico, Earthwatch volunteers are helping to trace the links between early residents of the American Southwest at a time long before paved roads or mail would have brought them together. A recent discovery has revealed that they’re also connecting the dots between two Earthwatch projects more than one hundred miles away from each other.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
A group of students from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington just returned from Earthwatch's Amazon Riverboat expedition with a lot of memories. Gretel von Bargen, the advanced-level biology teacher who led the group, shared her wrap-up and a few of her student’s words with us.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Loomis Chaffee high school students from Windsor, CT traveled to the Arctic Circle to study and explore their school theme of the year—climate change. Days of capturing data, and even counting pine needles, led to this poem by one of their students.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Livestock and game farmers in Africa often think of cheetahs as no more than very fast killers of their valuable animals. For almost 20 years, Earthwatch worked to change that through our partnership with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The first of the Earthwatch 2014 lecture series explored how in-the-field research and education can help us to understand and resolve environmental challenges in the Sultanate of Oman.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Australian Sea Week, which runs every year from March 3rd to 7th, was a big week for Earthwatch Australia! It was a time to shine a light on national marine science and conservation programs.