You could be assessing koala’s in the Otways, monitoring wildlife in Australia’s cloud forest, diving with manta rays on Lady Elliot Island, assisting with coral research in the Great Barrier Reef or exploring the hidden wonders of the Daintree River.
To view available dates for this special offer and read more about why we need your help below is a summary on each expedition.
If you have any questions, would like more information or want to take advantage of this limited offer please call us on 03 9016 7590.
Conserving Koala Country
Feb 20-Mar 1, 2013------$2,995
Great Otway National Park in southwest Victoria is spectacular country with a thriving koala population. An understanding of the response of koalas to climate change and the impacts of overpopulation on their habitat and behaviour is crucial for the conservation of their population and habitat. During this expedition, volunteers will work closely with koalas by learning how to capture and handle koalas, use radio tracking devices and cameras, assess koala habitat, and spotlight for animals.
Daintree's Hidden Coastline
Mar 18-27, 2013-------$2,495
The Daintree River runs through ancient rainforests to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Explore the river by boat and on foot to help assess the condition of the fringing mangrove habitats by conducting surveys, filming the shoreline, measuring habitats and conducting biomass assessments. Your findings will help with effective management of tidal wetlands faced with climate change and local human pressures
Feb 11-18, 2013------ $3,195
Manta rays are vulnerable to fishing pressures, but so little is known about them that it‘s difficult to design appropriate protection. The Manta Identification Database is rectifying this problem by identifying individual rays and following them to understand their behaviours and needs. As an Earthwatch SCUBA diver, you’ll photograph rays in their natural habitat, helping to add to the database. You’ll also assist with plankton sampling and analysis, and may also take part in filming manta rays.
Wildlife of Australia's Cloud Forests
Australia's Vanishing Frogs
Jan 12-18, 2013----- $1,500
March 10-24, 2013------from $1,995
The wet tropics of Queensland represent the last remaining part of Australia's primeval forest. In a home to parrots, pythons, possums, and tree kangaroos, we need volunteers to help shape our understanding of how climate change alters landscapes, and what this means for the creatures who live there. Volunteers will spot nocturnal wildlife, conduct surveys of birds, lizards and frogs, and more.
Along the pristine east coast of Australia in World Heritage temperate rainforests, nine species of frogs – about 5% of Australian frog species – have disappeared in the past two decades, while 20 species have declined alarmingly. This decline and disappearance of frogs in Australia is parallelled by losses of amphibians in other parts of the world. As a volunteer, you will be involved in regular monitoring of frog populations to determine why populations are declining.
Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef
Mar 4-11, 2013----- $2,995
Orpheus Island, a part of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, lies off the coast of Townsville. Even in this pristine area, coral diseases threaten reef ecosystems. As a member of this Expedition, you’ll conduct underwater surveys, tagging and photographing diseased areas, which will then be monitored over time to assess the condition of the coral. In the aquarium, you will set up and conduct experiments to determine the impact that changes in light, temperature, pH, and nutrients have on diseased corals.