Have you ever thought about travelling to the far corners of the world to photograph some of the most remarkable species inhabiting our planet? Better still, have you ever thought about employing your photography skills to help secure the future of these species?
Earthwatch is offering members of the public the unique opportunity to help protect the threatened whales and dolphins of Abaco Island and to assist with a study of the meerkat population at the Kuruman River Reserve in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. With 140 field research projects to choose from, who knows where you and your camera might end up?
As a volunteer on the fortnight long project Meerkats of the Kalahari, you will have the extremely rare opportunity to come face to face with a community of meerkats in their natural habitat. With the help of Earthwatch volunteers, world renowned scientist Dr Tim Clutton Brock is carrying out extensive research into the meerkat cooperative breeding system and their behavioral ecology. After training in the field, you will be able to assist him and his team in weighing, monitoring and observing these fascinating and engaging creatures.
In the Bahamas, tourist activities, sea based pollution and navy operations are affecting marine inhabitants. Earthwatch-supported scientists are working hard to document these effects and set conservation guidelines, but they need your help.
Picture yourself working in boats amid turquoise water to spot and identify whales and dolphins, videotape their social behaviour and photograph individuals for identification. You will enjoy evenings at the research centre, located on a two-mile stretch of white sandy beach just outside a small fishing village.
Dale Curtis, a freelance photographer joined Dolphins and Whales of Abaco Island in 2004, he says, The Earthwatch experience is remarkable in the fact that it offers a unique insight into the natural world and allows volunteers to get very close to nature, in the knowledge that they are not being invasive or disruptive. As a photographer this was a fantastic opportunity for me, I was able to take some wonderful photographs while playing my part in an important conservation initiative.
Details about Meerkats of the Kalahari and Dolphins and Whales of Abaco Island can be found in the 2005 Earthwatch Expedition Guide which includes other projects such as Elephants of the Red Volta River Valley, Chinas Asiatic Black Bear, Britains Basking Shark, Cameroons Rock Fowl and Lions of Tsavo. For your copy please call +44 (0)1865 318383 or visit www.earthwatch.org/europe