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.
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 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.
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
The latest Bush Blitz expedition has returned from the central highlands of Tasmania. The team of 29 scientists, project staff, and BHP Billiton employees, spent ten intensive days researching the plant and animal species of this wild corner of Australia.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Although named the common loon, little is known about this migratory bird’s behavior and its significance as an indicator of aquatic and marine health. Earthwatch scientist, Jim Paruk, has passionately studied this bird for over two decades and is discovering, among other things, that the 2010 gulf oil spill might have severe long-lasting effects on this threatened North American species.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
When Marta Edgar, a psychologist and nature lover, decided to spend her Christmas vacation on an Earthwatch Expedition, little did she know that it would help her realize an old dream.
Monday, December 16, 2013
It’s a long way from the oak-shaded streets of Stellenbosch University to the wooded expanses of the southern section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley in Malawi. But that's where several post-graduate students are helping with important environmental research.