New 2021 Field Program: Join us in Hawaii this Winter!
Hawaii: Tropical Islands and Climate Change
January 15 – February 28, 2021
Join us this winter for a first hand examination of the Big Island of Hawaii and its (5 million year) older sister Kauai as our student team investigates how island systems form and why they provide the ideal environment for unique species to evolve. Led by climate change expert Jenna Spackeen, students will gain an acute awareness of the challenges faced by these fragile environments caused by changing ocean conditions, exotic species, and human development. Topics include scientific monitoring, a marine debris project, fish diversity study, and the impacts of trade winds on the island ecosystems. Surrounded by ancient heiau’s and petrogylphs, students will study Native Hawaiian culture and traditions. By the end of this program, students will have honed their skills as naturalists and gained a deeper ecological understanding of the striking volcanic peaks, marine environments, and rich culture that define the Hawaiian Islands.
Interested students should apply now or call our office to discuss program options 831-684-9999
The nene (pronounced nay nay), Branta sandvicensis, is a relative of the Canadian goose that evolved into a nonmigratory, nonaquatic, endemic species with shortened wings and half-webbed feet for walking on rough lava. The nene teetered on the edge of extinction with just 30 birds left in the wild. Today there are over 3,000 statewide due to Endangered Species Act protections.