Monday, 14 July 2014
Earthwatch scientist Demian Chapman has researched sharks off the coast of Belize for two decades. He has seen these animals, which fascinated him since his childhood in New Zealand, get destroyed by the lucrative trade in shark fins, a delicacy in some Asian countries. But soon these share populations could rebound, thanks in part to his work. Armed with creativity and expertise, Dr. Chapman fought a hard battle get five shark species protected under CITES—the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species—which has more than 160 member countries.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project, documenting plants and animals throughout the continent. In its fourth year, Bush Blitz has already discovered a new genus of a racing stripe spider, a possible new species of rainbow fish, a wolf spider, and the first new record of butterfly in Western Australia in a decade.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Many citizen science programs exist across the world, but often they do not interact with each other. This lack of communication has inspired two marine monitoring programs – Newcastle University’s Big Sea Survey in the U.K. and Earthwatch’s ClimateWatch program in Australia – to join forces and create Oceans Connected.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Six enthusiastic citizen scientists returned from a trip to Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef in June. The Earthwatch research team was involved in diving and snorkelling to photograph individual manta rays for identification as part of Project Manta. This trip identified 28 mantas, along with 3 possible new individuals, which will now be documented as part of the Manta Identification Database.
Monday, 30 June 2014
If you need that cup of coffee to get going in the morning, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 survey by the National Coffee Association, 83 percent of people in the U.S.—the world’s leader in coffee consumption—drink coffee, and 63 percent of Americans have at least a cup a day.
Friday, 13 June 2014
We are excited to announce the first three of nine new expeditions that kick off in 2015. Join us to study and explore the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands, the desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California, or the oceans of South Africa. Get up close to sharks, tropical fish, and desert lizards, and help protect the fragile landscapes that all these species call home.
Monday, 2 June 2014
Palm oil, which comes from the fruit of oil palm trees, shows up on nearly every supermarket shelf. It’s also one of the main reasons for massive rainforest destruction in some of the most wildlife-rich places on Earth. At the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) on May 15th, Earthwatch sponsored an expert panel discussion to address how we can conserve rainforests as the demand for palm oil booms.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
The Citizen Science Network Australia (CSNA) has recently been developed to bring together researchers, educators, businesses, science communicators, government officials, community groups, and volunteers to connect and support the growth of citizen science in Australia. Dr. Chris Gillies, Earthwatch Australia's director of science, says that this is the most recent phase of a long tradition.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
YANUA International, a strong supporter of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation, has launched Saving Pandas, a mobile video game that raises awareness of the conservation of giant pandas.
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Ecologist Alison Leslie has collected more than 40,000 photographs of the Majete Wildlife Reserve. This mountain of data comes from camera traps—remote cameras placed throughout the reserve that automatically take and save photos of anything that moves past. While sorting through a batch of photos in search of wildlife—a job often done by Earthwatch volunteers—two of her colleagues found something they did not expect. An image of two men, not wearing park uniforms, carrying makeshift weapons. Poachers.