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FEATURED IN 2014

THRILLING EXPEDITIONS

INCLUDING Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge AND Origins of Angkor RESEARCH AREAS FOR EVERYONE: WILDLIFE & ECOSYSTEMS P8 OCEAN HEALTH P18

WHERE DO ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES THRIVE?

CLIMATE CHANGE P24 ARCHAEOLOGY & CULTURE P28

9 NEW EXPEDITIONS THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT

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EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS 2014

DEAR EARTHWATCHER Chances are you’ve opened the 2014 Earthwatch Expeditions guide for two reasons: First, you’re interested in doing something meaningful to help preserve and protect our planet. And second, you’re looking for an adventure. Earthwatch volunteers have contributed to more than 10 million hours of field research, in over 120 countries on nearly 1,400 expeditions. I am so proud of our accomplishments over the past year, and am excited for you to be a part of what’s to come in 2014. Join an Earthwatch Expedition and help our scientists gain a clearer picture of climate change, make it easier to protect threatened species and habitats, and protect cultures from losing their connection with their environmental heritage. On our expeditions, you will measure, track, record, camp, hike, paddle, observe, snorkel, climb, photograph, weigh, sample, smell, touch, listen, build, teach, tag, and above all learn. In 2014, we are pleased to offer you nine new and 48 expanded expeditions that need your support. We’re looking forward to another inspirational, educational, and adventurous year, and your support means the world to us.

WANT TO HELP? HERE’S HOW DANGRIGA, BELIZE: Scientists need your help to determine the value of marine reserves to protect sharks and other ocean life from overfishing. You will work on boats to operate baited remote underwater cameras and tag nurse, hammerhead, and tiger sharks. Your research will help scientists guide local governments in protecting these marine areas in Central America. PAGE 21 ROBBEN ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA: Working with one of the largest colonies of African penguins, you will help scientists find out if oil shipping lanes and fisheries in the area are having an impact on them. You’ll collect data on penguin populations and help test a new system to detect and recognize individual penguins as they pass near cameras. This research is hugely important to ensure the long-term survival of this species. PAGE 22 HEREDIA PROVINCE, COSTA RICA: This expedition offers a brand new way to study climate change and biological diversity. Understanding the interactions between species is just as important as understanding the species themselves. By collecting caterpillars and recognizing how important they are within the food and reproductive chain, you can help answer key questions about the impact of climate change as insects and plants continue to evolve. PAGE 25

OUR EXPEDITION CATEGORIES

Earthwatch Expeditions combine world-class field research with hands-on learning to inspire global change. At Earthwatch, we support more than 50 expeditions around the world designed for people looking to make an impact.

WILDLIFE & ECOSYSTEMS: P8 Ecosystems and animals all over the world are threatened. With your help, we can create conservation plans and help protect our planet and its inhabitants in today’s ever-evolving landscape.

OCEAN HEALTH: P18 With more than 70% of Earth’s surface covered by water, our oceans need our help more than ever. Help protect coral reefs and save the threatened species that inhabit our waters from extinction.

CLIMATE CHANGE: P24 Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to our planet. Support research that helps improve our understanding of how climate change is affecting the environment, and find ways to help communities reduce their impacts and adapt to changes.

ARCHAEOLOGY & CULTURE: P28 Safeguard our future by uncovering our past. Unearth the remains of ancient cultures to find out how our ancestors lived and to help us make informed decisions today.

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EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS 2014

2014 EXPEDITIONS There are Earthwatch Expeditions all over the world. Find the spot that’s right for you.

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EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS 2014

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2014?

OUR MISSION

JOIN AN EXPEDITION

Our mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU? Earthwatch volunteers have contributed to more than 10 million hours of field research, in over 120 countries on nearly 1,400 expeditions. From unearthing ancient fossils to discovering new species, research conducted on Earthwatch Expeditions helps to plan wildlife reserves, conserve our oceans, manage climate change, and understand ancient cultures.

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This year, take a one-of-a-kind journey, inspire change, and help protect our planet. Swim, dig, discover, and learn.

DONATE ONLINE If you can’t take part in an Earthwatch Expedition, you can always donate online at earthwatch.org. We’ll put your gift to work, helping to save species, habitats, and cultural legacies.

JUMP into the warm water of the Bahamas to track turtle behaviour during their uncharted teenage years. HOP aboard a boat to monitor beavers and understand their role as “water engineers” in Germany. PROTECT lions in Kenya by conducting innovative research on the prey they feed on. SAFEGUARD cheetahs, leopards, and lions in some of Botswana’s most remote protected land. MONITOR foxes, badgers, and hedgehogs to better understand how residents of the United Kingdom can live alongside these city-dwelling animals. TRACK elusive mammals in Costa Rica to see if sustainable agriculture can help revive the rainforest. EVALUATE how climate change is altering the landscape and wildlife in the French Pyrenees. FIND out how human-introduced foods like rice are literally changing the face of Galapagos finch populations. VISIT one of the world’s best wine regions, the Colchagua Valley in Chile, to help wine producers live in balance with the natural world. Each expedition has only a limited number of spaces available, so act now!

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WILDLIFE & ECOSYSTEMS

WHY DO SOME FROG SPECIES THRIVE? 3. AUSTRALIA’S VANISHING FROGS

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Earthwatch volunteers have discovered a number of new species and continue to investigate the issues facing wildlife in today’s evolving landscape.

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Michael Mahony, University of Newcastle

LOCATION: Barrington DURATION: 7

FROM:

£1,650

SCIENTIST: Dr

Richard Bodmer, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology Samiria, Peru

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2. ANIMALS OF MALAWI IN THE MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE

March, August, September, November, December

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£2,300

Poaching, logging, and burning have destroyed the fragile ecosystem of today’s Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. As a volunteer, you’ll help answer critical questions about the outcomes of a major animal reintroduction program. Your work will include animal tracking and counting, camera trapping, assessing predator–prey relationships, and even game capture and release.

4. BLAZING THE BIODIVERSITY TRAIL IN BRAZIL

Alison Leslie, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

LOCATION: Majete

Leandro Silveira, Jaguar Conservation Fund

Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

LOCATION: Araguaia DURATION: 12

FIELDING MONTHS: June,

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SCIENTIST: Dr

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July, August, September, October, November, December

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The Araguaia River connects the Amazonian rainforest with the Cerrado grasslands. Along the river lies Emas National Park, where jaguars, pumas, maned wolves, tapirs, and giant anteaters roam. Help determine whether expanding sugarcane plantations create barriers for these animals as they move across the land. Record and map species, help install camera traps, and work with trained dogs to seek out animal tracks.

SCIENTIST: Dr

DURATION: 12

FIELDING MONTHS: January,

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FIELDING MONTHS: January

Travel aboard a restored and remodelled river boat while working alongside a team of skilled Peruvian biologists. During your journey along the Amazon River, you’ll collect information about the wildlife populations in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. You’ll also spend time in a motorized canoe surveying dolphins, fish, and turtles while counting macaws and conducting land surveys of monkeys, tapirs, deer, and game birds. At night, safely search for caimans (alligator cousins) with a spotlight.

LOCATION: Pacaya

and Watagan Ranges,

NSW, Australia

Where will you inspire change?

DURATION: 8–15

£1,450

Along the pristine east coast of Australia in World Heritage temperate rainforests, nine species of frogs—about 5% of all Australian frog species—have disappeared in the past two decades, while 20 species have declined alarmingly. You will monitor frogs to determine why these populations are declining, camping alongside mountain streams and working into the night when most frog species are active. Four past Earthwatchers even discovered new species!

You can conserve lions in Africa, think with elephants in Thailand, and rescue baby turtles in Costa Rica.

1. AMAZON RIVERBOAT EXPLORATION

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£1,850

One of the most ferocious predators on Earth, the cat-like fosa is found only in Madagascar. Its habits and population status are virtually unknown and its habitat is nearly gone. Help preserve the fosa and its habitat by hiking up to 12 miles a day through the forests of Madagascar while setting fosa traps, checking trap lines, and measuring trapped and sedated carnivores. You’ll stay at a tented research station in Ankarafantsika National Park. SCIENTIST: Dr

Luke Dollar, Duke University

River, Central Brazil

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FIELDING MONTHS: July,

5. CARNIVORES OF MADAGASCAR

LOCATION: Ankarafantsika, DURATION: 13

October, November

Madagascar

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FIELDING MONTHS: July,

December

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OUR EXPEDITIONS

6. CONSERVING KOALA COUNTRY

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8. FOLLOWING DARWIN’S FINCHES IN THE GALÁPAGOS

£1,895

Great Otway National Park in Australia hosts a thriving koala population. To conserve koalas, we must understand their response to climate change and the impacts of overpopulation on their habitat and behaviour. On this expedition, you will work closely with koalas to safely capture and handle them and use radio-tracking devices and cameras to record their movements. You’ll stay in cabins in the Otway National Park surrounded by koalas.

Desley Whisson, Deakin University

SCIENTIST: Dr

Luis Fernando De León, Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Servicios de Alta Tecnología

LOCATION: Great

Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia

LOCATION: Santa

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FIELDING MONTHS: February,

DURATION: 10

September,

November

HOW ARE MONKEYS ANGERING FARMERS? 7. C  ONSERVING LEOPARDS AND MONKEYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

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£1,675

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Russell Hill, Durham University Mountains,

South Africa

9. INVESTIGATING THREATS TO CHIMPS IN UGANDA

£1,650

10. EXPLORING LIONS AND THEIR PREY IN KENYA NEW

July, September,

LOCATION: Budongo DURATION: 12

FIELDING MONTHS: February,

July, August, October

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Jacob Goheen, University of Wyoming

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April, June,

£2,450

SCIENTIST: Dr

Forest, Western Uganda

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On Kenya’s savannahs, zebra populations are flourishing while other large herbivores, like waterbucks and hartebeests, have begun to decline. Join this innovative effort to find out if domestic cattle can help save these species. By manipulating the relationships between cattle, zebras, and lions and other predators, researchers hope to entice predators away from rare herbivores so their populations can grow. Help by tracking lions and checking camera traps for evidence of other animals. The team will stay in bandas—round stone huts with thatched roofs—in the wildlife-rich Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where a cook will prepare meals with an international flavour.

Fred Babweteera, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

October, December

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FIELDING MONTHS: January,

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The lush Budongo Forest in Uganda is home to a large population of chimpanzees and other primates that rely on fruiting trees for their survival. Now, the trees are bearing less fruit and chimps are raiding nearby farms, causing conflict between humans and wildlife. Help researchers determine what is causing the fruit to dwindle and how this impacts the primates. You will track chimps and other primates through the forest to collect information on their diet and behaviour, monitor the fruiting patterns of trees, and trap and identify insects to investigate changes in pollinator populations. Your work will help determine how primates can better survive in a changing climate.

Farmers in this region view leopards, hyenas, and monkeys as threats to their livestock and crops, which endangers the survival of these animals and in turn the biodiversity of the region. Help scientists understand the behaviour of these species and their impact on people’s livelihoods so they may improve the relationship between farmers and wildlife. You’ll collect data on carnivores from camera trapping, GPS collars, and scat analysis and observe primates by following them during the day.

DURATION: 12

Cruz, Galápagos, Ecuador

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FIELDING MONTHS: January,

LOCATION: Soutpansberg

£1,895

In the Galápagos, you can almost see evolution in action. Take Darwin’s finches. These birds evolved to have a tight link between beak size and size of seeds they eat, a link that’s essential to their survival. But evolution may now be weakening this link in response to human-introduced foods, like rice—with unpredictable results. You’ll help study how new foods are changing finch beak size by surveying finch populations, catching them in mist nets, collecting blood samples for genetic analyses, and investigating available food in different habitats. In the grand tradition of Galápagos field researchers, you’ll share a room in the dorms at the Charles Darwin Foundation field station.

SCIENTIST: Dr

DURATION: 10

FROM: NEW

LOCATION: Ol

Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia District, Kenya

DURATION: 14

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FIELDING MONTHS: June, July, August, September

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HOW HAVE LOONS FARED SINCE THE 2010 OIL SPILL? 11. LOONS AND THE GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL 12. LOONS OF THE CANADIAN PRAIRIE

£1,425

15. SCOUTING FOXES, BADGERS, AND HEDGEHOGS IN ENGLAND NEW

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Jim Paruk, Center for Loon Conservation at the Biodiversity Research Institute

LOCATION: Port

Sulphur, Louisiana, USA, or Saskatchewan, Canada

SCIENTIST: Dr

Dawn Scott, University of Brighton

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FIELDING MONTHS: February,

£275

Are foxes, hedgehogs, and badgers friends or foes to people? Help researchers understand how people perceive these furry and prickly city dwellers and how we can better coexist with them. You’ll patrol patches of land for fox and badger dens and count the animals you see. To get a sense of hedgehog numbers, you’ll set up camera traps and monitor tracking tunnels, and have the chance to interview locals about how often they see these small mammals in their gardens. Your team will stay in comfortable hotels or university dorms and will share picnics, barbeques, and meals in local restaurants.

Help scientists determine the spill’s impact on a large group of loons in Louisiana. Or, you can choose to follow this same group of loons to their summer grounds in Saskatchewan. At both locations, you’ll help capture birds to tag them, and take measurements and blood samples and use a GPS unit and a compass to record the location of individual birds. From boats, you’ll make behavioural observations and use radio telemetry to locate signals from loons with transmitters.

DURATION: 7–14

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LOCATION: Reading

March, June, July

and Brighton,

United Kingdom

DURATION: 3–14

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FIELDING MONTHS: June,

July, August

TEEN TEAMS Some of our expeditions have been specially tailored for teens. Find out more on page 33. 13. MAMMALS OF NOVA SCOTIA

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£1,250

How is climate change affecting wildlife in the Acadian forest of Nova Scotia? To find out, you will learn how to trap and release small mammals such as mice and voles (the basis of the predatory food chain) and use evidence from field signs and camera trapping to study deer, beavers, porcupines, raccoons, bobcats, and other more elusive mammals. This research will help us understand the implications of climate change for forestry, hunting, and tourism, which are vital to the local economy.

SCIENTIST: Dr

Christina Buesching, Wildlife Conservation Unit, University of Oxford

LOCATION: Cherry DURATION: 7–14

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Scientists are studying panda behaviour to determine which individuals will be good candidates for reintroduction to the wild. Working at the Ya’an Bifengxia panda base in a famous tourist area of stunning wild beauty in the mountains of Sichuan Province, you will help monitor and record the daily behaviour of captive and semicaptive pandas to support their effective management and contribute to the long-term goal of releasing pandas into the wild.

DURATION: 7

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Mark Nelson, Institute of Ecotechnics

LOCATION: Patillas, DURATION: 10

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£1,350

SCIENTIST: Dr

Sichuan Province, China

June, July, August, September, October, November

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Can we reduce rainforest destruction by changing the way we harvest trees? To find out, researchers cut long slots through the forest, as if a canopy tree had fallen. They plant tree seedlings in each slot and harvest the trees years later with minimal disturbance to the surrounding forest. You will help determine which planting methods are working best, and how they are impacting the surrounding forest. You’ll also measure trees, count lizards, identify vine species, and even join a night expedition to count frogs and birds.

Zhang Hemin, China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

FIELDING MONTHS: May,

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16. PUERTO RICO’S RAINFOREST

SCIENTIST: Prof.

LOCATION: Chengdu,

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FIELDING MONTHS:

Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada

14. ON THE TRAIL OF GIANT PANDAS IN CHINA

Puerto Rico

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FIELDING MONTHS: June,

July, December

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“I could go on for days about how phenomenal the expedition was. It truly opened my eyes to a different and beautiful world and I’ve come to see the complexity and incredible ambition of conservation as a whole.”

19. SPOTTING SONGBIRDS IN THE ROCKIES

FROM:

£1,300

Many songbird populations in the Jackson Hole area are declining, and you can help researchers study these birds and their habitats in an effort to stop the decline. Search for migratory birds’ nests and record the location of colour-banded birds to provide key information on seasonal survival rates and productivity. Some teams will have a chance to observe birds up close as staff removes them from nets and band them. Other teams will assist with vegetation measurements. You’ll stay in rustic cabins at the Kelly Campus of the Teton Science Schools.

Sara Thornburg, Walking with African Wildlife

Dr Kevin Krasnow, Teton Science Schools

SCIENTIST:

LOCATION: Jackson DURATION: 9

Hole, Wyoming, USA

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20. TRACKING BEAVERS THROUGH GERMAN WATERS

FROM: NEW

£1,350

Next to people, beavers can change their environment more thoroughly than any other species. In Germany’s Lower Rhine, these construction whizzes only recently returned after hunters nearly wiped them out. Researchers need to know the population size, where the beavers live, and how they’re reshaping the landscape. From boats or on the shore, search picturesque ponds and streams for signs of beaver life and look for evidence of beaver damage to dikes or crops. You’ll also take soil and water samples. Teams will stay at comfortable local accommodations and can look forward to regional specialties like sausage and cheese. SCIENTIST: Dr

William Megill, Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences

LOCATION: Cleves

District, Lower Rhine Region, North Rhine-Westphalia State, Germany

FIELDING MONTH: June

DURATION: 7–13

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FIELDING MONTHS:

June, August, September

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17. RESTORING PREHISTORIC LANDSCAPES ON EASTER ISLAND

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£2,325

Help recreate this storied island’s ancient agricultural practices and rebuild its endangered forests. Searching for prehistoric gardens, livestock fields, and farms, you’ll help conduct experiments to evaluate how effective the prehistoric mulching system was in feeding the inhabitants of the island. You’ll prepare soil to better sustain native plants and help create a botanical garden. You’ll also participate in reforesting critically eroded areas of the island. You’ll stay in cosy double rooms at a small family hotel.

18. SOUTH AFRICA’S HYENAS

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DOES AN ELEPHANT REALLY NEVER FORGET? 21. T  HINKING LIKE AN ELEPHANT IN THAILAND

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£2,025 We know elephants in Thailand are endangered, but what we don’t know is a lot about their behaviour and needs. Your participation will help future wild elephant conservation initiatives. Working up close with elephants, you’ll collect data on their behaviour and intelligence, help in food preparation, and assist elephant caretakers in their daily routines. You’ll collect and input data, help with analysis, and assist in educational initiatives for Thai, U.S., and other internationally based communities.

Carnivore scavengers are essential to functioning ecosystems, but their role is little understood. Deploy camera traps and monitor brown hyenas and jackals to help provide a better understanding of their role in South Africa. You’ll talk to locals about the presence of carnivores in the area and conduct spotlight counts at night, where you may even encounter lions and leopards. Stay in the heart of the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in a small house or a walk-in safari tent.

Dr Joshua Plotnik, Mahidol University

SCIENTIST: SCIENTIST: Sonia

Haoa Cardinali, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

SCIENTIST: Dr

LOCATION: Hanga

LOCATION: Pilanesberg

Roa, Easter Island, Chile

DURATION: 14

Dawn Scott, University of Brighton National Park,

South Africa

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DURATION: 12

FIELDING MONTHS: July,

August, September, December

Chiang Saen, Thailand 10 days

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FIELDING MONTHS: January,

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TEEN TEAM AVAILABLE

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HOW CAN WE PROTECT AFRICA’S MOST ICONIC SPECIES? 22. T  RACKING PREDATORS OF THE AFRICAN SAVANNAH NEW

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£2,495

Anthony J. Giordano, Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores and Their International Ecological Study (SPECIES)

SCIENTIST: Dr

Dave Druce, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife

SCIENTIST:

KAZA, Tamafupa Region, Botswana

DURATION:

8 days

FIELDING MONTHS:

FROM:

£1,675

Conservation doesn’t just happen on protected land. In many places, crops and forests grow alongside each other, so farmers need to be engaged to make any conservation plan a reality. In Costa Rica, farmers receive payments for planting trees and protecting stretches of private forests. Help find out if this plan is working by monitoring vegetation changes and tracking mammals that roam areas of land shared by farmers and animals. You’ll check camera traps and hair traps for evidence of sloths, tapirs, monkeys, and other exotic mammals. Teams will stay in cabins surrounded by lush Costa Rican forest. Dr Thomas Lacher, Texas A&M University S  CIENTIST:

LOCATION: Paso

de Las Nubes Biological Corridor, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

DURATION:

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24. WILDLIFE OF AUSTRALIA’S RAINFORESTS

July, August

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£1,650

The Wet Tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining area of Australia’s primeval forest. This unique ecosystem is home to cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles. You’ll work with a world-renowned ecologist to help shape our understanding of how changes in our climate are altering the landscape and what this means for species in the area. Your work will include bird, lizard, and frog surveys, nocturnal wildlife spotting, and insect collecting.

Prof. Stephen Williams, James Cook University

SCIENTIST:

LOCATION: Wet

Tropics, Queensland,

Australia

7–15 days

FIELDING MONTHS: March,

June, October

Park, South Africa

16 days

FIELDING MONTHS: July,

DURATION:

10 days

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June, July, September, October

23. TRACKING COSTA RICA’S MAMMALS NEW

£2,500

Help protect the diversity of wildlife species in one of Africa’s oldest reserves. Walk with an armed guard four to six miles per day through woodland, bush, and forest, starting at dawn to track rhinos, giraffes, elephants, and zebras, among many other species. This is a rare chance to walk through scenery most people only see from a Land Rover, while collecting data that will help support conservation plans.

Visit a place where lions and cheetahs still stalk the grasslands and packs of wild dogs roam. This is the Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Protected Area (KAZA), a swath of protected land that spans five countries and is one of Africa’s best hopes for preserving its wilderness and its declining predator species. The welcoming country of Botswana will be your home as you monitor camera traps, sort the images they capture, and survey vegetation. You may even help track lions and other predators, fit them with tracking collars, and take tissue samples for genetic analysis. Stay in a spacious safari tent and enjoy homecooked southern African cuisine.

LOCATION:

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25. WALKING WITH AFRICAN WILDLIFE

August, September

26. WILDLIFE OF THE MONGOLIAN STEPPE

FROM:

£2,150

For years, Earthwatch teams have worked to conserve Mongolia’s wildlife, including the argali, the largest mountain sheep in the world. Their findings have been used to develop conservation policies and expand the protected area. Now, you can join researchers in remote, spectacular areas of Mongolia to study the behaviour of argali, Siberian ibexes, vultures, hedgehogs, and prey species, from lizards to snakes and marmots. Team members share quarters in traditional Mongolian huts and will be treated to a traditional Mongolian barbecue cooked with hot rocks. Interested volunteers may also have the opportunity to work with another local Earthwatch Expedition focused on archaeology.

See our Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe expedition on page 28.

SCIENTIST: Gana

Wingard, Denver Zoological Foundation

LOCATION:

Ikh Nart Wildlife Reserve, Mongolia

DURATION:

14 days

FIELDING MONTHS: May,

RELATED EXPEDITION

June,

August, September

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OCEAN HEALTH

28. COSTA RICAN SEA TURTLES

£1,750

Leatherback sea turtles are an ancient species, growing up to six feet long and weighing up to 1,500 pounds. Along the most important leatherback nesting beaches left in the world, you’ll monitor, protect, measure, and tag these critically endangered creatures. During your nights on the beach, you’ll count eggs to determine what factors influence nesting success. Depending on the season, you may relocate threatened nests to the hatchery, protect hatchlings as they crawl seaward, excavate nests to determine hatching success rates, and rescue stragglers.

OCEAN HEALTH

“There are no words to describe the feeling you get when you witness it all in person. Being part of this cycle of life that has been occurring for thousands of years is incredible.” Mary Doak, Costa Rican Sea Turtles

SCIENTIST: Dr

Frank V. Paladino, Indiana-Purdue University

Dive in to answer key questions about preserving marine life and take critically important steps to protect the world’s oceans. You can help save penguins in South Africa, protect whales and dolphins in Costa Rica, and swim with turtles in the Bahamas. How will you protect our largest resource?

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LOCATION: Tamarindo, DURATION: 9

February, October,

November, December

27. CORAL COMMUNITIES IN THE SEYCHELLES

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$2,995 £1,950

Curieuse Island hosts some of the world’s most beautiful reefs and serves as home to hundreds of giant tortoises, a marine park, and the iconic coco de mer palm. Scuba-certified divers will use digital photography to measure biodiversity and coral growth and to identify biodiversity hot spots, areas of reef degradation, and areas that are more resistant to environmental change. Your data will help to identify the most important sites for protection and the species that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Prof. David Smith, University of Essex LOCATION: Curieuse DURATION:

Island, Seychelles

12 days

FIELDING MONTH: April

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Costa Rica

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FIELDING MONTHS: January,

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HOW IS WHALING AFFECTING WHALES AND DOLPHINS IN NORWAY? 29. INVESTIGATING WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE NORWEGIAN ARCTIC

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£1,450

In the Arctic waters of Norway, whaling and fishing are important industries. You’ll learn about Arctic whales and help protect marine mammals by collecting data from whale-watching boats and the Andenes lighthouse observation station. You’ll learn to identify whale species, count groups, and collaborate with the crew to collect data on wind, temperature, and sea state. You’ll also learn to interpret behaviour and communication between killer whales while assessing human impacts on whales and dolphins. Dr Iva Kovacic, Marine Research and Education Fund of Andenes SCIENTIST: LOCATION:

Vesterålen region, Norway

DURATION:

8 days

F  IELDING MONTHS: July,

August, November,

December

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OCEAN HEALTH

OUR EXPEDITIONS

30. PROJECT MANTA

FROM:

£2,350

Gentle manta rays are incredibly vulnerable to fishing practices, but so little is known about them that it‘s difficult to develop a conservation strategy. The Manta Identification Database is working to identify individual rays and then track them to understand their behaviour and environmental needs. As an Earthwatch scuba diver, you’ll photograph rays in their natural habitat and add them to the database. You will also assist with plankton sampling and analysis, and may even take part in filming manta rays. You’ll stay at the only ecoresort on Lady Elliot Island in Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef. SCIENTIST: Dr

Kathy Townsend, University of Queensland

LOCATION: Lady DURATION:

Elliot Island, Australia

8 days

FIELDING MONTHS: February,

June, September

CAN WE SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF CORAL DISEASE IN AUSTRALIA? 31. R  ECOVERY OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

FROM:

£2,000

Enrique Oviedo Correa, University of Hong Kong

David Bourne, Australian Institute of Marine Science

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LOCATION: Golfo DURATION:

Island, Townsville, Australia

Dulce, Costa Rica

9 days

F  IELDING MONTHS: January,

8 days

FIELDING MONTHS: March,

July, August, December September

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£1,225

SCIENTIST: Lenin

S  CIENTIST: Dr

DURATION:

FROM:

This Costa Rican gulf is home to a large and vulnerable community of whales and dolphins. To protect these marine mammals, researchers must first collect information about the habitat, the animals, and their interactions. Observe and record whale and dolphin behaviour and environmental conditions aboard a motorboat while taking photos to provide the basis for a photo ID catalogue. You’ll also hike along rivers to collect information about nearby mangrove forests and palm oil plantations. Stay at El Chontal, an ecolodge run by a local family.

Orpheus Island, a stunningly beautiful tropical island within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, lies off the coast near Townsville, Australia. Even in this pristine area, coral diseases threaten reef ecosystems. As a scuba-certified member of this expedition, you’ll perform underwater surveys, counting new coral colonies and tagging and photographing diseased areas that will be monitored over time to assess the condition of the coral. In the aquarium, you will conduct experiments to determine the impact that light, temperature, pH, and nutrient contents of the water have on diseased corals.

LOCATION: Orpheus

32. SAFEGUARDING WHALES AND DOLPHINS IN COSTA RICA

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February, June,

33.SHARK CONSERVATION IN BELIZE

FROM:

£1,750

Do marine reservations really protect sharks and other ocean life? Help deploy and operate baited remote underwater cameras to capture footage of sharks. Work on research boats to conduct snorkel surveys, and help capture, measure, tag, and safely release reef, nurse, great hammerhead, and tiger sharks. Gather information on local Belizean and tourist perceptions of sharks and marine reserves using questionnaires and short video interviews to help establish protected areas. S  CIENTIST: Dr

Demian Chapman, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University LOCATION: Glover’s

Reef or South Water Caye, Belize

DURATION:

8 days

FIELDING MONTHS: January,

June, July

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OCEAN HEALTH

OUR EXPEDITIONS

34. SNORKELLING TO PROTECT REEFS IN THE BAHAMAS

FROM:

£1,650

Critical fish habitats are under threat from climate change, overfishing, and development. Your research will determine what characteristics create better marine reserves. Snorkel to identify fish species, record their sizes, and observe their behaviour, and help maintain fish nets on the coral reef. Measure water flow rates at mangrove creeks, and tag, measure, and monitor fish.

Dr Alastair Harborne, University of Exeter S  CIENTIST:

LOCATION: Cape DURATION:

Eleuthera, the Bahamas

10 days

F  IELDING MONTHS: March,

June, July

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CAN WE SAVE THE SECOND LARGEST COLONY OF AFRICAN PENGUINS? 35. S  OUTH AFRICAN PENGUINS

FROM:

£1,750

Brooks, Cape Eleuthera Institute

Island, South Africa

12 days

FIELDING MONTHS: March,

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Dana Point or Palos Verdes, California, USA

DURATION:

10 days

DURATION:

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£625

Share the waters of California’s Santa Catalina Island with whales, and help determine how recreational boating, pollution, and shipping lanes affect marine mammal populations along the coast. Work on the water photographing whales, recording GPS coordinates, videorecording behaviour, and taking water samples. From the shore, you’ll help spot both whales and boats using binoculars, track their movements, and video-record their activities. You’ll use GIS technology to examine relationships between marine mammals and humans. Summer teams will stay in a dorm-style townhouse, and winter teams will stay at a local hotel.

Eleuthera Island, the Bahamas

TEEN TEAM AVAILABLE

FROM:

SCIENTIST: Dr Lei Lani Stelle, University of Redlands LOCATION:

February, April, July, August, September, October, November

April, May, June,

37. WHALES AND DOLPHINS UNDER THE CALIFORNIA SUN

LOCATION:

FIELDING MONTHS:

July, August

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£1,715

S  CIENTIST: Annabelle

Prof. Peter Barham, University of Bristol S  CIENTIST:

DURATION:

FROM:

Sea turtles outlasted the dinosaurs, but they may not survive humans. Snorkel and boat through tropical waters to find out how we can protect two species: the green and hawksbill sea turtle. You’ll explore the habitats where they forage in their juvenile years, taking measurements and recording their behaviour to learn what these ancient creatures need to thrive. You’ll also help tag turtles so scientists can track their long-term movements. Teams stay at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, steps away from beaches and coral reefs, and share buffet-style meals that feature fresh, locally sourced Caribbean and American food.

Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, is home to one of the largest colonies of African penguins on the planet. Help scientists determine whether oil shipping lanes and fisheries in the area are having an impact on the penguin population. You will monitor seabirds to help reduce threats to this fragile environment, conduct penguin population surveys to determine breeding success and survival rates, and test a new system that detects and recognizes individual penguins as they pass by cameras. You’ll share rooms in a simple, comfortable island house, right near the penguin colony.

LOCATION: Robben

36. SWIMMING WITH SEA TURTLES IN THE BAHAMAS NEW

3–14 days

FIELDING MONTHS:

January, February, March,

June, July TEEN TEAM AVAILABLE

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CLIMATE CHANGE

OUR EXPEDITIONS

39. CLIMATE CHANGE AND CATERPILLARS IN COSTA RICA

FROM:

£1,750

Explore the impact of climate change on the caterpillar and parasite population in Costa Rica. Caterpillars are a model species and your findings may help provide the key to understanding many complex species interactions. Collect caterpillars and their host plants, observe their reproduction, and analyse toxins caterpillars get from plants to ward off predators. Your findings will help answer key questions about the impact of climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE

SCIENTIST: Dr

Lee Dyer, University of Nevada, Reno LOCATION:

Heredia Province, Costa Rica

DURATION: 11

days

FIELDING MONTH: December

The more we know about climate change, the more we can do to slow and manage its impact on our planet.

40. CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE ARCTIC’S EDGE

You can help measure carbon stored in permafrost at the Arctic Circle, study how climate change affects caterpillars in Ecuador, and venture into an active volcano in Nicaragua. What will you do to help slow climate change?

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38. BUTTERFLIES AND BEES IN THE INDIAN HIMALAYAS

FROM:

£2,050

Kullu Valley, nestled in the Himalayas, is famous for its apple orchards and farms. But the apple-growing range is shifting north due to warmer temperatures, and invasive species are choking out native flowering plants. That, combined with high pesticide use, has caused pollinators like butterflies and bees to die off. Help find out how this region can maintain its tradition of sustainable agriculture by counting the insect pollinators in the area, observing when plants flower and bear fruit, assessing plant diversity, and sampling soil. You’ll stay in a comfortable hotel near shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. S  CIENTIST: Dr

L.M.S. Palni, G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development LOCATION: Upper

Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh State, India

DURATION: 12

FIELDING MONTHS: June,

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£2,050

41. CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE MACKENZIE MOUNTAINS The not-so-perma-frost of the Arctic is thawing. As this occurs, greenhouse gases are released that rise and trap more heat, leading to even more thawing. Measuring this ugly feedback loop is essential to tackling the climate change crisis. Help this effort in one of two starkly beautiful Canadian locations. You’ll collect soil and permafrost samples, monitor the tree line, and record information on native plants. In the evenings, you’ll return to the comfort of either a cosy cabin (in the Mackenzie Mountains) or a bustling research centre (in Churchill). S  CIENTIST: Dr

Steve Mamet, University of Saskatchewan Canada, or the Mackenzie Mountains, Canada

DURATION:

11 days

FIELDING MONTHS: February,

42. WILDLIFE OF THE FRENCH PYRENEES

FROM: NEW

£1,875

Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most fragile, beautiful habitats: the high slopes of the French Pyrenees. Climate change has already driven some species farther up the mountains, but the question of how it will alter this Alpine world is far from being solved. While trekking through this striking landscape, your team will capture, weigh, and measure small mammals; spot tawny owls and other birds; observe bumblebees on their rounds; and conduct an array of other activities that will shed light on how this ecosystem works now and how it might change.

S  CIENTIST: Dr

LOCATION: Churchill,

August, September

days

FROM:

June, July,

Bernat Claramunt López, Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications LOCATION: Central DURATION: 7

Pyrenees, France

days

FIELDING MONTHS: July,

September

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CLIMATE CHANGE

OUR EXPEDITIONS

43. CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE WOODS OF ENGLAND

FROM:

£75

England’s serene forests store huge amounts of carbon, a crucial service as the climate becomes warmer and less predictable. But how will climate change and urban sprawl change these forests, and what does that mean for the carbon they remove from the atmosphere and store? You’ll help map and measure the diameters of oak, ash, cherry, and other tree species. You’ll help quantify carbon storage in the forest by taking measurements of trees, deadwood, and leaf litter. You’ll be greeted with coffee, tea, and snacks on arrival, and can return home or to the hotel of your choice when the research day ends. S  CIENTIST: Dr

Martha Crockatt,

Earthwatch

LOCATION: Wytham DURATION: 1

Woods, Oxford, U.K.

day

FIELDING MONTH:

44. CLIMATE AND LANDSCAPE CHANGE IN BORNEO’S RAINFORESTS

LOCATION: Malua

LOCATION: La

LOCATION: Masaya, DURATION: 7–14

Nicaragua

days

FIELDING MONTHS: February,

March

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FIELDING MONTHS: May,

46. EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO’S URBAN FOREST £1,525

“After coming home to the realities of everyday life, I am trying to hold on to the glow of a trip that was fantastic from pickup to drop-off.” Colleen Casey, Exploring an Active Volcano in Nicaragua

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Sassière Reserve, France

DURATION: 7–14

October

Explore life in the shadow of an active volcano in Nicaragua. Hike the active Masaya Volcano and survey the surrounding areas to help determine the effects of volcanic activity on plant, animal, and human communities. You’ll use GPS technology, monitor volcanic gases, and deploy instruments to collect data on gravity, magnetic fields, temperature, and other features. You’ll also dig holes to collect soil and water samples and conduct butterfly surveys. Hazel Rymer, Open University

Aurélie Cohas, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and CNRS

Field Centre, Borneo

FROM:

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£1,450

S  CIENTIST: Dr

days

HOW DOES A VOLCANO SHAPE THE WORLD AROUND IT? 45. E  XPLORING AN ACTIVE VOLCANO IN NICARAGUA

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What characteristics influence a species’ ability to cope, or not cope, with climate change? To find answers, examine the biology of Alpine marmots by catching them in traps and taking measurements and samples from them. Film the behaviour of these small mammals, observe and identify family groups, help test new noninvasive behavioural experiments, and monitor the presence of other mountain flora and fauna such as the majestic ibex. You’ll stay in a beautiful Alpine chalet overlooking the lake of Tignes, one of the most famous ski resorts.

S  CIENTIST: Dr Glen Reynolds, Royal Society SE Asia Rainforest Research Programme

FIELDING MONTH:

S  CIENTIST: Prof.

48. OF MOUNTAINS AND MARMOTS: CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE FRENCH ALPS

£1,350

Can Borneo’s astoundingly diverse rainforests survive and thrive in the face of climate change and logging? Volunteers will assess the ability of the forest and soil to manage the impact of climate change. Collect plant specimens, measure seedling survival and growth rates, and collect and analyse soil samples. Your findings could mean the difference for the survival of Sumatran rhinos, clouded leopards, pygmy elephants, and thousands of other plants and animals.

DURATION: 10

September

FROM:

FROM:

£50

June, July

49. PROTECTING THE RIVERS OF CALIFORNIA

FROM:

£1,575

47. EXPLORING BOSTON’S URBAN FOREST

50. PROTECTING THE VINEYARDS OF CHILE’S WINE REGION NEW

Live in a city? Those trees outside your window aren’t just pretty: they provide a wealth of benefits, from keeping temperatures cool to filtering storm water. But caring for the urban forest can be tough for cities with tight budgets. Help assess the forests in two cities: San Francisco, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts. While strolling the streets, you’ll record the species, trunk diameter, and other characteristics of each tree. Armed with this information, researchers can show why it’s important to protect our urban forests. You’ll get lunch in the field and can return home or to a hotel when the research day ends.

California and Chile both yield great wine. Their wine producers are also known for their focus on sustainability, which is lucky for everyone who wants to keep getting great wine as climate change reshapes the land it comes from. While exploring the life-rich rivers and vineyards of Northern California and Central Valley or Chile’s Colchagua Valley, you’ll survey vegetation, spot birds, and identify pollinators. Help scientists understand how the health of the rivers is connected to the health of the agriculture and how we can help preserve these regions for the future. Stay in a hotel at either location and, of course, sample some of the best wine in the New World.

S  CIENTIST: Kelaine

Vargas Ravdin, Urban Ecos; Gitte Venicx, Earthwatch San Francisco, CA, or Cambridge, MA, USA

LOCATION:

DURATION: 1

day

FIELDING MONTHS: July,

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Josh Viers, Pacific Agroecology

LOCATION: Colchagua

Valley, Chile, or Northern California, USA

DURATION: 3–8

August

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FIELDING MONTHS:

January, September, October

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ARCHAEOLOGY & CULTURE

OUR EXPEDITIONS

52. EXCAVATING THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN BRITAIN

Safeguard our future by uncovering our past. Unearth the remains of ancient cultures to find out how our ancestors lived and to help us make informed decisions today.

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£950

At Arbeia, a large Roman fort first excavated in the 1870s, survey the remains of ancient British and Roman cultures to help reconstruct Britain’s past. You’ll help map pre-Roman and Roman settlements by excavating jewellery, armour, game pieces, and ceramics. You’ll also rotate among many other tasks, including recording site data, site surveying and photographing, and cleaning and processing finds. Your team will stay in a guesthouse close to the site in this pleasant coastal resort town.

ARCHAEOLOGY & CULTURE

You can dig up Roman remains in Tuscany, excavate a fort in England, and unearth Colorado’s ancient civilization. How will you help us to better understand our past?

FROM:

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Paul Bidwell, Tyne and Wear Museums LOCATION: South DURATION: 3–14

Shields, United Kingdom

days

FIELDING MONTHS: May,

June, July, August

TEEN TEAM AVAILABLE

51. ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MONGOLIAN STEPPE

FROM:

$2,995 £2,150

The Ikh Nart Reserve in Mongolia is a model for wildlife conservation and is also a significant archaeological site. As a team member, you will identify, inventory, and document potentially important archaeological finds, including Buddhist rock art, burial landmarks, and ancient campsite tools, some of which have not been used by humans for more than 2,000 years. Your descriptions, drawings, and maps will help to guide future archaeological excavations. You’ll live in traditional Mongolian huts or tents. You may also have the opportunity to work with a nearby Earthwatch team investigating local wildlife (see Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe on page 17). SCIENTIST: Dr

Joan Schneider, California Department of Parks and Recreation LOCATION: Ikh

Nart Wildlife Reserve, Mongolia

DURATION: 14

days

“The scientists clearly made the connection between the goals of the expedition and the work we did. It also helped that we were working in a fantastically beautiful place!”  obert Biglin, Encountering the R Prehistoric People of New Mexico

HOW DID HUMANS LIVE 10,000 YEARS AGO? 53. ENCOUNTERING THE PREHISTORIC PEOPLE OF NEW MEXICO

FROM:

£1,875

Participate in the first excavations ever conducted at the obsidian quarries in the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. You’ll help excavate and analyse ancient obsidian artefacts, a volcanic glass used to make tools. The aim of the project to is to understand how humans adapted to and transformed the landscape over 10,000 years. Your work will help preserve the cultural heritage of the region. You’ll stay at the preserve’s own comfortable lodge.

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Anastasia Steffen, Valles Caldera National Preserve LOCATION: Jemez DURATION: 10

Springs, New Mexico, USA

days

FIELDING MONTHS: June,

September

FIELDING MONTH: June

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ARCHAEOLOGY & CULTURE

OUR EXPEDITIONS

WHAT CAN THESE 26,000-YEAR-OLD REMAINS TEACH US? 54. MAMMOTH GRAVEYARD IN SOUTH DAKOTA

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£2,050

The famed Ice Age sinkhole in Hot Springs, South Dakota, has been under excavation for more than 30 years, and has yielded the remains of 60 mammoths. Excavate, record, and preserve bone fragments from 26,000-year-old remains, and then map your finds. You’ll share your knowledge with the many visitors to the site, now a $2.1 million museum and a national natural landmark. S  CIENTIST: Dr

Larry Agenbroad, Northern Arizona University LOCATION: Hot DURATION: 15

Springs, South Dakota, USA

days

FIELDING MONTHS: June,

July

55. ORIGINS OF ANGKOR

56. UNEARTHING ANCIENT HISTORY IN TUSCANY

FROM:

£1,400

The village of Ban Non Wat in northeast Thailand is a key archaeological site for understanding the origins of the Angkor Empire. Help search for new prehistoric sites and identify the location of resources like salt and potting clay. You’ll participate in ongoing excavations at Ban Non Wat and possibly other nearby sites. You’ll also process finds from excavations to help reveal how Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age peoples were affected by their environment, changing climates, the development of agriculture, technological advances, and contact with those from other lands. You’ll stay at the Phimai Inn, with a large swimming pool, air-conditioned rooms, and delicious Thai meals.

S  CIENTIST: Dr

Carolina Megale, Archeodig Project

Nigel Chang, James Cook University

LOCATION: Populonia,

Non Wat, Thailand

DURATION: 7–14

DURATION: 7–13

days February

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£1,350

Between A.D. 500 and 725, the Basketmaker people lived in today’s Mesa Verde, Colorado, laying the groundwork for the future Pueblo society. Researchers are now excavating to provide insight into the transformation of Southwestern hunter-gatherer societies into agricultural economies. Assist in the excavation of a Basketmaker site and wash, sort, catalogue, and label artefacts. Evening programs will include an introduction to Crow Canyon’s research and presentations by staff archaeologists or guest lecturers on current research in Southwestern archaeology. Volunteers will stay in Navajo-style log cabins with wireless Internet access.

LOCATION:

September, October

FROM:

Susan Ryan, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Italy

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57. UNCOVERING THE MYSTERIES OF COLORADO’S ANCIENT CIVILIZATION

S  CIENTIST: Dr

days

FIELDING MONTHS: May,

FIELDING MONTHS: January,

£1,150

One of the most important archaeological sites in Tuscany, Populonia is home to a rich record of Etruscan, Roman, and medieval cultures. As a member of the team, you will help reconstruct the history of local cultures by digging with archaeologists, documenting finds through use of photography and drawing, and carrying out experimental archaeology. You will assist in surveying the area surrounding the dig site to collect, clean, and document artefacts such as pottery shards, mosaics, frescoes, metal objects, and coins. You’ll stay in an apartment in the quiet village of Populonia Stazione and have a chance to visit nearby medieval villages.

S  CIENTIST: Dr

LOCATION: Ban

FROM:

Indian Camp Ranch, Colorado, USA

DURATION: 7–14

days

FIELDING MONTHS: July,

August, September

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ADDITIONAL PROJECT EXPERIENCES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

EXPEDITION TYPES

HOW LONG WILL I BE THERE?

OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

Earthwatch Expeditions typically run for about two weeks, which allows volunteers the opportunity to get involved with hands-on research, often with teaching and community interaction. We also have shorter expeditions, involving volunteers in meaningful research when they can spare only a week or 10 days, or even just a weekend.

WHO AM I TRAVELLING WITH? Perhaps you’re travelling alone, as a couple, or with friends. Or maybe you know a teen who is eager to travel to the ends of the earth. From retirees to high school students, Earthwatch Expeditions are a unique vacation alternative, and we’re sure to have an expedition to suit your needs.

WHERE WILL I SLEEP? Are you happiest sleeping in a tented bungalow, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle? Or do you prefer a small inn, run by a local family and offering modern facilities? Earthwatch Expeditions feature a wide range of accommodations, including standard hotels, local inns, guesthouses, safari-style tented bungalows, research stations, rustic camping, and dorm-style shared rooms and baths.

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STANDARD EXPEDITIONS Our standard expeditions are appropriate for adult volunteers of all ages. Participants aged 15 to 17 are also welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

HOW PHYSICALLY ACTIVE IS THIS EXPEDITION? Earthwatch Expeditions cater to a variety of fitness abilities. From hiking miles through a cloud forest, scuba-diving a coral reef, or drifting down a coastal river aboard a motorboat, you can choose the level of physical exertion that’s right for you.

HOW IS EARTHWATCH COMMITTED TO MY SAFETY? Every Earthwatch Expedition is subjected to a rigorous safety process by our international program team, and all project staff is trained in appropriate emergency response procedures and field safety standards. All projects have comprehensive risk assessment and emergency response plans, including emergency communications and transportation to major medical facilities. We are committed to the safety and welfare of our volunteers around the globe.

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VISIT US ONLINE

Earthwatch Teen Expeditions, mentored by scientists and assisted by Earthwatch facilitators, allow teens aged 15 to 18 to perform hands-on scientific research in all corners of the globe. Find more information at earthwatch.org/teenteam

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS Teachers can lead their students on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and discover what it means to be a working scientist engaged in field research that helps protect and conserve our natural world. Find more information at earthwatch.org/groups

CUSTOMIZED GROUP EXPEDITIONS Earthwatch works with universities, community organizations, businesses, zoos, and aquariums to design specialized group expeditions. These expeditions offer valuable in-the-field science training and team-building, and serve as a complement to classroom and workplace learning.

WWW.EARTHWATCH.ORG More than 50 expeditions all over the world, but just one destination online. Head to the newly redesigned earthwatch.org to book an expedition, interact with other volunteers, and learn how you can change the planet.

CONTACT US If you have any questions about Earthwatch or an expedition, please call us. Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you. WEB: earthwatch.org EMAIL: info@earthwatch.org.uk PHONE: (0)1856 318838

Contact info@earthwatch.org.uk to start exploring the possibilities.

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2014 Earthwatch Expeditions

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Amazon Riverboat Exploration

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Animals of Malawi in the Majete Wildlife Reserve

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Australia’s Vanishing Frogs

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Blazing the Biodiversity Trail in Brazil

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Carnivores of Madagascar

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Conserving Koala Country

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Conserving Leopards and Monkeys in South Africa

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Following Darwin’s Finches in the Galapagos

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Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda Exploring Lions and their Prey in Kenya Loons and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Wildlife & Ecosystems

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Loons of the Canadian Prairie Mammals of Nova Scotia On the Trail of Giant Pandas in China Scouting Foxes, Badgers, and Hedgehogs in England Puerto Rico’s Rainforest Restoring Prehistoric Landscapes on Easter Island

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South Africa’s Hyenas Spotting Songbirds in the Rockies Tracking Beavers Through German Waters

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Thinking Like an Elephant in Thailand

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Tracking Predators of the African Savannah Tracking Costa Rica’s Mammals Wildlife of Australia’s Rainforest Walking with African Wildlife Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe

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Coral Communities in the Seychelles

Seychelles

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Costa Rican Sea Turtles

Costa Rica

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Investigating Whales and Dolphins of the Norwegian Arctic

Norway

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Project Manta

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Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef Safeguarding Whales and Dolphins in Costa Rica Shark Conservation in Belize

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Snorkelling to Protect Reefs in the Bahamas

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South African Penguins

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Swimming with Sea Turtles in the Bahamas Whales and Dolphins Under the California Sun

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Butterflies and Bees in the Indian Himalayas

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Climate Change and Caterpillars in Costa Rica

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Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge

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Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains Wildlife of the French Pyrenees Climate Change in the Woods of England

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Climate and Landscape Change in Borneo’s Rainforest

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Exploring an Active Volcano in Nicaragua

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Exploring San Francisco’s Urban Forest

USA

Kelaine Vargas Ravdin

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1 day

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Exploring Boston’s Urban Forest Of Mountains and Marmots: Climate Change in the French Alps Protecting the Rivers of California

USA France USA

Gitte Venicx Dr. Aurelie Cohas Dr. Josh Viers

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Protecting the Vineyards of Chile’s Wine Region

Chile

Dr. Josh Viers

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7 days

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Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe

Mongolia

Dr. Joan Schneider

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14 days

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Excavating the Roman Empire in Britain

England

Dr. Paul Bidwell

TEEN

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3-14 days

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Encountering the Prehistoric People of New Mexico Mammoth Graveyard in South Dakota Origins of Angkor

USA USA Thailand

Dr. Anastasia Steffen Dr. Larry Agenbroad Dr. Nigel Chang

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10 days 15 days 7-14 days

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Unearthing Ancient History in Tuscany

Italy

Dr. Carolina Megale

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7-13 days

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Uncovering the Mysteries of Colorado’s Ancient Civilization

USA

Dr. Susan Ryan

TEEN

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7-14 days

Archaeology & Culture

Climate Change

Ocean Health

Country

Scientist

Also for

Page

Duration

Jan

Feb Mar Apr

May Jun Jul

Aug Sep

Oct

Nov Dec From

Peru

Dr. Richard Bodmer

8

8-15 days

£1,650

Malawi

Dr. Alison Leslie

8

12 days

£2,300

Australia

Dr. Michael Mahony

9

7 days

£1,450

Brazil

Dr. Leandro Silveira

TEEN

9

12 days

£1,875

Madagascar

Dr. Luke Dollar

9

13 days

£1,850 £1,895

Australia

Dr. Desley Whisson

10

10 days

South Africa

Dr. Russell Hill

10

12 days

£1,675

NEW

Ecuador

Dr. Luis Fernando De Leon

11

10 days

£1,895

NEW

Uganda Kenya USA

Dr. Fred Babweteera Dr. Jacob Goheen Dr. Jim Paruk

11 14 12

12 days 14 days 7-14 days

 

  

  

 

£1,650 £2,450 £1,425

Canada Canada China England USA Chile

Dr. Jim Paruk Dr. Christina Buesching Prof. Zhang Hemin Dr. Dawn Scott Dr. Mark Nelson Sonia Haoa Cardinali

TEEN

12 12 12 13 13 14

7-14 days 7-14 days 7 days 3-14 days 10 days 14 days

 

    

     

   

 

 

£1,425 £1,250 £2,250 £275 £1,350 £2,325

South Africa USA Germany

Dr. Dawn Scott Dr. Kevin Krasnow Dr. William Megill

TEEN

TEEN

14 15 15

12 days 9 days 7-13 days

 

 

£2,050 £1,300 £1,350

Thailand

Dr. Joshua Plotnik

TEEN

15

10 days

£2,025

Botswana Costa Rica Australia South Africa Mongolia

Anthony Giordano Dr. Thomas Lacher Prof. Stephen Williams Dr. David Druce Gana Wingard

TEEN

16 16 16 17 17

8 days 10 days 7-15 days 16 days 14 days

   

  

  

  

 

£2,495 £1,675 £1,650 £2,500 £2,150

Prof. David Smith

18

12 days

£1,950

Dr. Frank Paladino

19

9 days

£1,750

Dr. Iva Kovacic

19

8 days

£1,450

Australia

Dr. Kathy Townsend

20

8 days

£2,350

Australia Costa Rica Belize

Dr. David Bourne Lenin Oviedo Correa Dr. Demian Chapman

TEEN TEEN

20 21 21

8 days 9 days 8 days

 

 

 

£2,000 £1,225 £1,750

The Bahamas

Dr. Alistair Harborne

TEEN

22

10 days

£1,650

South Africa

Prof. Peter Barham

22

12 days

£1,750

The Bahamas USA

Annabelle Brooks Dr. Lei Lani Stelle

23 23

10 days 3-14 days

 

 

£1,715 £625 £2,050

NEW

NEW

NEW NEW

NEW

NEW

NEW

TEEN

TEEN TEEN

India

Dr. L.M.S. Palni

24

12 days

Costa Rica

Dr. Lee Dyer

25

11 days

£1,750

Canada

Dr. Steve Mamet

TEEN

25

11 days

£2,050

Canada France England

Dr. Steve Mamet Dr. Bernat Claramunt Lopez Dr. Martha Crockatt

25 25 26

11 days 7 days 1 day

 

  

£2,050 £1,875 £75

Borneo

Dr. Glen Reynolds

26

10 days

£1,350

Nicaragua

Prof. Hazel Rymer

26

7-14 days

£1,525

 

£1,575

£2,150

£950

 

£1,875 £2,050 £1,400

£1,150

£1,350

£50 £50 £1,450 £1,575

Expedition contributions, dates, durations, and scientists are subject to change. Please see website for most up-to-date information.

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