At the southern edge of the Arctic, in Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, lies Churchill, Manitoba—a small town that sits at the convergence of tundra, forest, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Also known as the “polar capital of the world”, Churchill is located at the Arctic treeline, and is extremely sensitive to small environmental changes that have a huge impact on ecosystems.
The population of African penguins on Robben Island, South Africa has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 100 years. Earthwatch’s research over the past 15 years is helping scientists and policy makers to understand how African penguins are breeding, where they’re hunting for food, whether chicks are surviving, and if methods to help protect these birds—from setting up nest boxes to hand rearing malnourished chicks to potentially relocating entire breeding colonies—were, are, or will be, effective.
A Conservation Success Story
Something amazing is happening in Malawi. Thousands of animals—from elephants to zebras to hartebeest—are embarking on a human-assisted migration from Majete Wildlife Reserve to a protected reserve in the north, a distance of more than 500 kilometers. Discover more about the reasons for this epic journey in our blog post.
Off the coast of Iceland’s Westman Islands, a massive, black fin pierces through the waves...then a second, and a third. Fountains of seawater spray into the air. Beneath the surface, the "blackfish" call out to each other, their voices rhythmic as they sing and click a language unique to their pod. A family of killers, the wolves of the sea.
How Earthwatch citizen scientists can support environmental stewardship
Human activity is now the main cause of most environmental change. These changes have been so profound that scientists suggest we have entered a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene, as we can now observe the global presence of humans in the geologic record. Though you might feel like your lifestyle is insignificant compared to things like oil extraction or vehicle emissions, the choices we make in our day-to-day life—how we get around, what we eat, how we live—play a major role in slowing climate change.