Earthwatch Endangered Ecosystems Home Scholastic Explorers

This project studies animals that live in endangered ecosystems in the tropical forests of Mexico and Costa Rica and the wetlands of Brazil. While students are engaged in this project they will gain an understanding of how ecosystems sustain wildlife. They will also appreciate that these specialized environments support a diverse plant and animal population. In conjunction with the Earthwatch Institute, students will visit three field sites. The first is the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve in the tropical dry forests of southwestern Mexico. There, research teams are tracking the wildcats that make Mexico their home. The second site is La Selva, a biological reserve located in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. Researchers there are collecting and studying caterpillars, many of which are previously unknown species. The third site is in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, where students will work with scientists to study the river otter.
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