Tens of millions of wild bison once freely roamed across North America before they were hunted to near extinction. Today, Earthwatch, in partnership with the Blackfoot First Nation, is helping to prepare for the return of this iconic species.
Chimpanzees are an endangered species facing numerous anthropogenic threats. The 600 remaining chimps in the Budongo Forest Reserve of Uganda are threatened by poaching, habitat fragmentation, and an unexplained reduction in the abundance of fruiting trees. Earthwatch scientist Dr. Fred Babweteera and his team of field assistants are conducting a long-term study to determine the underlying causes of the reduction in fruiting trees, while simultaneously providing relief from the threat of poachers and deforestation.
Since teaming up with fishermen and the Belize government to strengthen shark fishing regulations and monitoring marine reserves, shark enthusiast Dr. Demian Chapman is now engaging in the first study of its kind. Dr. Chapman is making efforts to measure how long an overfished shark population takes to recover in a newly produced marine reserve, Southwater Caye. He is also monitoring other ways that marine reserves affect sharks and their close cousins, the rays. To do this, he will rely on cutting-edge technology. Want to be part of the action?
Earthwatch Europe is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Earthwatch Shulman Awards.
Switch off your lights for Earth Hour and engage with nature at night, as part of our pilot citizen science project, Into the Night.