ECO-FRIENDLY DIVE TRAVEL
Blackbird Caye, Belize
Few of us are immune to the charms of dolphins. But what do you really know about them? Here's your chance to become part of the scientific process, collecting behavioral information, mapping dolphin locations and capturing images of these fascinating creatures. Travel with the National Wildlife Federation and spend a week on a remote Belizean caye, 90 minutes by boat from Belize City, assisting researchers from the Oceanic Society. They've been studying the bottle-nosed dolphins in this area since 1992. You'll stay in comfortable beachfront cabanas bordered by white-sand beaches.
April 14 -21
For more details, visit nwf.org
Night life takes on a whole new meaning after participating in an Earthwatch Institute mission to help protect the eggs and hatchlings of leatherback turtles on St. Croix. Patrol the beaches of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge each night to watch for female turtles, which can weigh ashore to nest. Then, you'll record data such as nest location and number of eggs laid. Later, volunteer teams help hatchlings reach the sea. This program is largely credited with the dramatic recovery of leatherbacks in the area. Eleven-day research missions are scheduled for April and May.
Visit earthwatch.org for trip details.
Here's one for divers who want to put their bubble blowing and perfect buoyancy to good environmental use. Spend two weeks next September surveying Kosrae's coral reefs, some of the most pristine in the world. Divers have been compiling data on fish counts, mapping, visibility and more since 1996. This is a proactive project that monitors the health of the reef as more visitors discover the Micronesian island each year. You'll stay at the Kosrae Village Dive & Eco Adventure Resort, dive daily for the project and for fun, and experience the island's authentic culture.
See oceanearth.org for more.
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