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Field Projects International–Enroll by November 18

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Are you an undergraduate or recent graduate interested in getting hands-on field experience? Field Projects International provides great opportunities to travel and learn! Upcoming courses in Peru and India are focused on tropical entomology, primate-carnivore ecology, and vertebrate field biology. These opportunities are ideal for those pursuing or contemplating a major in biology, anthropology, ecology, or pre-veterinary science. To find out more about each of the sessions, keep reading and click on the titles for further details. You have until November 18 to enroll for these incredible opportunities!

Vertebrate Field Biology

This course explores vertebrate field biology by offering participants their choice of two out of three elective modules: primatology, herpetology, and ornithology. Within each module, experts from the corresponding field of study will lead daily activities that explore natural history, research methodologies, and ongoing conservation issues. Evenings will include lectures and discussions of scientific articles.

Examples of Activities:

  • Forest navigation and orienteering on and off trail
  • Maintaining field notebooks
  • Deploying and monitoring motion-sensing camera traps
  • Mist netting and bird censusing
  • Primate follows and behavioral sampling
  • Field identification and conservation strategies for reptiles and amphibians
  • Operating radio telemetry equipment
  • Safely ascending emergent trees

Location: This course will be held at the Los Amigos Biological Station, also known by its Spanish acronym EBLA (Estación Biológica Río Los Amigos). Situated between the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos Rivers on terra firme forest rising above the floodplain, this field station was established in 2000 and boasts incredible biodiversity that includes 11 primate species and 595 species of bird.

 

Primates and Predators

This is a unique course in tropical biology with special focus on primate and carnivore interaction, conservation strategies, and research methodologies. Guided hands-on activities during the day utilize wildlife researchers and local naturalists to train participants in a variety of skills, including: scat and hair snare monitoring, tree climbing, radio telemetry, camera trapping, plant identification, primate tracking, and behavioral sampling techniques. In the evenings, these exercises are supplemented with brief lectures and discussions of scientific literature.

Location: The Western Ghats of India are one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots because of high levels of endemism. Fifteen hundred flowering plants, 84 amphibian species, 16 birds, and 7 mammals occur nowhere else. Our courses will be held in the beautiful semi-deciduous forests at Fringe Ford, nestled close to the borders of the state of Kerala with Karnataka.

 

Tropical Entomology

Field Projects International now offers advanced training in the Peruvian Amazon for those interested in insect biology and ecology, as well as field techniques that facilitate entomological research and conservation in the tropics. Students will be introduced to an astonishing array of terrestrial and aquatic habitats that shelter a greater diversity of plant and animal species than anywhere else on the planet. Above all, participants learn by doing: we will spend most of our time studying actual insects in the field, from the tops of towering tropical trees to the bottom of oxbow lakes.

Location: Our course will be held at the Los Amigos Biological Station in Southeastern Peru, situated between the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos Rivers on terra firme forest rising above the floodplain. This active field station was established in 2000, and boasts incredible biodiversity of all kinds, including 11 primate species and 595 species of bird.

 

 

 

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Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at greenteam@oakton.edu.

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