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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 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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How to Make Traveling Easier for Yourself

Traveling is not for everyone. In fact, some feel that the whole hassle of traveling is less than inspiring, and the comforts of home beckon far greater. How about opening your perspective and begin to introduce some travel into your current lifestyle? Could you make this easier on yourself? Here are some useful points to […]

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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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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures-Gray Whale Migration-Part 2

My next real whale adventure was with the Earthwatch Institute expedition Gray Whale Migration at Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California Sur. The volunteers met Dr. William Megill and the staff at Loreto, Mexico and had a day to tour the surrounding desert and mountains, including an old mission and ancient petroglyphs. Then we headed […]

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