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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures: Penguins – Part 7

We watched closely as a small group of penguins approached the road crossing where we were stationed. They moved rather rapidly along the well-worn trail in the undergrowth, but stopped and piled up behind the leader as they reached the road. The leader stepped out rather tentatively, and then quickly waddled across with the rest […]

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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures: Sea Otters – Part 6

There was a lot of splashing and commotion ahead of our boat and as we got nearer we saw that a bald eagle had a salmon too big to fly with, so was dragging it to shore; we rounded a point and an Alaskan brown bear on the beach whirled and disappeared into the willows; […]

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Joshua Tree’s Desert Species – Earthwatch Adventure II

On a pleasant day, in the lower elevation Colorado Desert section of the park, we began our reptile transect in an area of palo verde trees and ocotillos near a rocky outcrop.  As we lined up to walk the first segment of the survey I immediately spotted a whiptail lizard scurrying under a creosote bush!  […]

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Earthwatch Institute Brazil Adventures – Araguaia River Wildlife Corridor

The sun was just setting as we left by boat from the little river town of Luis Alves and motored around sandbanks and dead trees downstream to the mouth of a backwater lake to begin the evening caiman census. When it was dark enough we switched on spotlights in order to spot their eyes along […]

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Earthwatch Adventures in Brazil – The Pantanal in May

I wanted to experience the Pantanal during the dry season also (See The Pantanal in January) , so the next year signed up for Earthwatch Adventures in Brazil CONSERVING THE PANTANAL WILDLIFE- OTTERS & FRUGIVORES in May. Much of the flooding had receded making more of the area accessible and more birds and animals were […]

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Earthwatch Institute Brazil Adventure – The Pantanal in January

The next Earthwatch Institute Brazil adventure was in the Pantanal. This is a huge wetlands area in southwestern Brazil and parts of Bolivia and Paraguay that is so flat it takes water four months to flow from the north to the south! It floods half of the year and dries out the second half. It […]

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Earthwatch Institute Adventures in Brazil – Atlantic Rainforest

The weather looked fine when George and I joined Don Eaton, Earthwatch Institute research scientist, right after breakfast for a trip to a remote part of the Caetetus Reserve in the Atlantic rainforest near Galia, Brazil. We were planning to do a quick stream quality survey and fish census and return to the research station […]

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Earthwatch Adventures – Dolphins of New Zealand – Part 5

  Some of the whale adventures also involved dolphins, but a few Earthwatch expeditions have focused almost entirely on them. One great expedition was NEW ZEALAND DOLPHINS out of Kaikura on the South Island, working with the wonderfully acrobatic dusky dolphins! They take advantage of the rich feeding grounds in the deep trench just off […]

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Research Dolphins in the Wild in Florida and Greece-Part 4

The Earthwatch Institute expedition WILD DOLPHIN SOCIETIES was in a more urban setting at Sarasota Bay in Florida. This was a little different from most expeditions in that the research scientists were employed by the Mote Marine Laboratory and went home at night and weekends so there wasn’t as much interaction with the volunteers as […]

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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures-Marine Mammals-Part 3

My next whale adventure was Dolphins and Whales of Abaco Island, another Earthwatch expedition a great winter getaway in the Bahamas! The research scientists, Dian and Charlotte met the three volunteers in Marsh Harbor and drove us to the house and research center on a scenic each in the fishing village of Sandy Point where […]

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