Friday, September 11, 2015
Our Earthwatch field team leader shimmied out from under the brush, maneuvering between branches to protect the African penguin chick she had gently removed from its nest. When she asked if I wanted to hold it for measurements, I said 'Yes!' louder and with more urgency than I had intended. I carefully positioned the chick, following the procedures we were taught as part of the South African Penguins expedition.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Alcoa Foundation is sponsoring 25 Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees for a unique professional development opportunity with Earthwatch Institute, a global non-profit organization with a mission to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable future.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
You have 13 new nightmares to be prepared for, thanks to Bush Blitz!
In case you missed it, 13 new species of spider, rare fish and orchids have been discovered on the Olkola people’s traditional lands on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.
It turns out the media LOVES a spider story, as our story showed up everywhere from youth radio station Triple J to cable to Channel 10’s The Project to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation online news and was translated into five different languages.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Earthwatch Australia’s lead scientist on Melbourne’s Microbats, Dr Rodney van der Ree has recently released his co-edited book – Handbook of Road Ecology.
The book focuses on the challenges of improving the ecological sustainability of new roads, railways and utilities that dissect and fragment landscapes around the world. It represents the knowledge of over 100 authors from more than 25 countries and approximately four years of research.
Monday, August 10, 2015
In the Eastern Pacific, leatherback sea turtles that have survived for 100 million years now hover on the brink of extinction. For more than 20 years, Earthwatch volunteers have been collecting data as part of the Costa Rican Sea Turtles expedition to protect this species – the largest of all living turtles on Earth. Last year, one of the very first leatherback turtles to be tagged returned to the nesting site in Costa Rica for the first time, to the surprise and delight of the research team. This special moment highlights the importance of the kind of long-term conservation research that Earthwatch supports.
The data collected as part of this Earthwatch study, which provides some of the only comprehensive information about this species in the region, have been used to shape global policies to protect the leatherback turtle.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I crouched low in the grass at the edge of the nets, clutching my radio--and that's when we heard the signal: the herd was closing in. A cloud of dust rose on the horizon. Nine argali sheep--the largest wild sheep in the world--ran towards us across the rocky terrain, followed closely by several Mongolian horsemen.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Hands-on research projects empower teachers to share the stories of climate change in powerful new ways
BOSTON, June 23, 2015—More than 50 teachers will soon embark on Earthwatch research expeditions to help scientists understand how climate change is affecting the planet. These one- to two-week-long experiences immerse teachers in hands-on field research that supports reinvigorated teaching back in the classroom.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
For some people the thought of a new species of spider in a country that has some of the deadliest is not such a beautiful thing. For PhD candidate Sophie Harrison, University of Adelaide, she couldn’t be more delighted to have met a new eight-legged furry-friend in far north Australia earlier this month.
Ms Harrison was part of the Bush Blitz project - a pioneering nature-discovery partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia – which descended on Judbarra/Gregory National Park 25 May in search of new species.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Unconventional fellowship program sends 50 students on field research expeditions every summer
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LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, June 16, 2015—Fifty high school sophomores and juniors from Los Angeles are soon to embark on field research expeditions where they will help scientists tackle critical conservation challenges around the United States. They join the ranks of more than 1200 students who have been awarded fellowships since the inception of a partnership in 1990 between Earthwatch Institute and the LA-based Durfee Foundation.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Every year, 21 generous foundations, corporations, and individuals provide the support we need to offer student and teacher fellowship opportunities. This month, 129 fellows will join leading scientists on expeditions around the world. Here’s just one story of a Durfee-supported fellow that reflects the inspiring butterfly effects we often see as a result of our fellowship programs.