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Protecting Coastal Habitats & Whooping Cranes in Texas

Protecting Coastal Habitats & Whooping Cranes in Texas

Protecting Coastal Habitats & Whooping Cranes in Texas

Trip Details:

Operator:   Earthwatch
Price From: 2,250 USD
Program duration: 7 days
Trip Dates: 01-12-2017,31-01-2017,28-02-2017

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About this program

Explore the saltmarsh ecosystems of the Texas Gulf Coast and study how changes to climate and the enviroment affect whooping crane populations. Work with Earthwatch researchers in data collection, taking environmental samples and other activities to determine how climate change and hunting have driving whooping cranes to near extinction.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet, travel to field site

Day 2-6:

Daily activity includes: Whooping Crane observations: Record observations of Whooping Crane foraging, behavior, territory defense, and movements between territories. Habitat quality assessment: Collect environmental data such as surface water quality and water salinity levels. Vegetation and blue crab surveys: Survey Whooping Crane food resources, including vegetation surveys to assess wolfberry fruit, and blue crab surveys in saltmarsh ponds. In the evenings, you’ll head back to the accommodation for dinner, an informal talk by the researchers, a chance to review Whooping Crane video footage from the day, and of course time to relax.

Day 7:

Research wrap up; departure

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