[MARMAM] VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MARINE CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN BAJA

kathy at ravenadventures.com kathy at ravenadventures.com
Thu Oct 23 05:39:42 PDT 2014


MARINE CONSERVATION SURVEY

January 24 – February 1, 2015
February 4 – February 13, 2015

*Volunteers wishing to combine the Mangrove Monitoring Project from
January 14 – 22nd with the first session of the Marine Conservation
Survey can contact us for more details.

Raven Adventures Marine Conservation Survey is an international effort
to gather much needed scientific data regarding present environmental /
biological conditions found in the Loreto area of the Sea of Cortez.
Participants will assist our Mexican conservation partner GEA (Grupos
Ecologistas Antares) with multiple marine transects (above and below the
surface) as well as other biological investigations in an effort to
better understand the fragile ecosytem of the Sea of Cortez. Volunteers
may be exposed to an abundant number of marine life including whale
species such as the blue, sperm, brydes, humpback, finback, orca and
pilot whale. Dolphins and sea lions can also be found in high numbers
throughout the study site. All data collected will be available to the
local Marine Park of Loreto as well as various nature conservation
programs operating in the area.  

The program cost is $950 per person for the 10 day session and is
limited to 4 participants .  The cost includes food, camping
accommodations, camping gear, and safety equipment such as PFDs. 
Volunteers will be responsible for their flight/bus to/from Loreto,
Mexico. We have years of experience traveling to Baja and may be able to
give you some pointers on how to save some money with plane or bus
tickets.

http://ravenadventures.com/marine-conservation/


MANGROVE MONITORING PROJECT

January 14th – 22nd, 2015

Volunteers will be assisting in marine conservation by conducting an in
depth study of mangrove forests located in Magdelena Bay, Baja Mexico.
The study is open to volunteers wishing to gain unique field experience
in some of the most pristine mangrove areas left on earth.  Using sea
kayaks to navigate the dense labyrinth of mangrove forests, participants
will collect samples, note climate and water conditions, photograph and
film insects, birds, reptiles, mollusks and mammals that use the dense
vegetation for food and cover.  Species counts will also be conducted on
barrier islands found along the Pacific coast.  Using GPS systems, the
density and distribution of each individual sighting will be added to a
catalog of all species encountered over a five-year period. 
Participants will learn skills such as animal tracking techniques, GPS
data collection, wildlife photography, desert and mangrove natural
history, sea kayaking and other wilderness skills.  

The program cost is $950 per person for the 9 day session and includes
all food, lodging, camping / kayak rentals etc.  Volunteers will be
responsible for their flight/bus to/from Loreto, Mexico.  We have years
of experience traveling to Baja and may be able to give you some
pointers on how to save some money with plane or bus tickets.

http://ravenadventures.com/mangrove-project/


TO APPLY
No previous experience is needed, but volunteers assisting us in the
remote areas of Baja will want to have a “go with the flow
attitude”, be willing to share a small tent with another participant,
possibly ride in the back of pick up trucks, wade into deep mud, and
participate in camp life such as cooking, cleaning, and logistical
chores.

Please contact Colin Garland at colin at ravenadventures.com to ensure
there is still space on the session of your choice and follow the
application instructions on our website.

http://ravenadventures.com/mangrove-project/
http://ravenadventures.com/marine-conservation/




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