Join Earthwatch in the pristine wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada, where endless miles of unspoiled forest roll to the rocky shoreline.
Walk along trails through woodlands, wetlands, and the striking Atlantic coast, while playing a vital role in research that will help preserve these landscapes and their animal inhabitants for the future.
This beautiful setting is one of the world’s temperate ecosystems, where most of us in the industrialized world live. These ecosystems face constant threat from human activities like logging and agriculture. Conserving our environment while also benefiting from it poses a huge challenge—especially in the context of global climate change, which may lead many species to disappear forever.
By studying the mammals of Nova Scotia, you’ll help experts figure out how environmental pressures are shaping animal populations, and how we can best manage our natural resources in the face of these pressures. You’ll learn about some of North America’s most iconic species. On some days you’ll trap and record data on chipmunks to assess the effects of climate change on hibernating species. On other days, you’ll track the movements and behavior of porcupines, deer, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and bears. Your work will help humans figure out how to best live with the species that compete with us for crops, timber, and basic living space.