Earthwatch Institute Adds Nine New Projects in Response to Global Change

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Boston-based nonprofit rallies volunteers to participate on field research expeditions to help rhinos, pollinators, wetlands, and more

With Earthwatch, volunteers work side-by-side with leading scientists to perform conservation research.

Earthwatch Institute, a global environmental nonprofit organization and pioneer of citizen science, has released its Expedition Guide for 2016.

“The environmental challenges facing the planet have grown more complex since our founding in 1971,” said Earthwatch CEO Larry Mason, “and our mission to drive action towards a more sustainable planet is more critical than ever before.”

In response, Earthwatch added nine new projects to its global portfolio of more than 50 expeditions.

On Earthwatch’s field research expeditions, volunteers – adults, teens, and more -- work side-by-side with leading scientists addressing critical environmental challenges around the globe for one to two weeks -- from coastal ocean health to human-wildlife conflict, and more. Their contributions to participate are US tax-deductible.

These volunteers provide the people power needed to assist in the data collection, and return home with a deeper understanding of what is at stake. There are expeditions for adults, teens, teachers, students, and more.

Here’s what volunteer Freddy Ramirez said after participating in “Wildlife in the Changing Pyrenees” expedition: “Before this expedition, I had a vague sense that changes in the climate were having a remarkable impact on the ecosystem worldwide. But after completing this expedition my level of awareness has risen to a point where I’m now planning to implement changes in my own life to help mitigate this growing problem.”

The new expeditions are as follows:

-Conserving Endangered Rhinos in South Africa (
-Conserving Tiger and Elephant Habit in India
-Monitoring Ocelots in Trinidad (
-Following Flammulated Owls in the Western US (
-Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica (
-Protecting Whooping Cranes and Coastal Habitats in Texas (
-Sustainable Agriculture in Mexico’s Wetlands
-Project Manta Ningaloo Reef
-Australia’s Changing Islands

Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe – from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more. Earthwatch works with all sectors of society, from corporations to teachers, students, community leaders, zoos and aquaria, and more.

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