Opportunities For Teachers
NATURAL SCIENCE SEMINARS
Field Program: TROPICAL ECOLOGY
"RAPID BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
DATES: JULY 11 - JULY 18,1998 Project Director:
The El Eden Biological Preserve is located
27 kilometers west of Cancun in
the north/ central region of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The enormous biological
diversity is recognized by both the Center
for Ecological Studies (Mexico)
and College of the Southern Frontier as a global
natural resource and as
they have begun a rapid biological assessment
of the preserve.
We will be staying at the El Eden field research
station located within the
Core Zone of the preserve. This area is only
open to field researchers and
home to over 400 species of birds (equal to
the number of bird species found
in all of North America), stable populations
of jaguar, ocelot, spider, and
howler monkeys. Additionally, in a one acre
plot, there are more tree
found than in all of North America.
During the week, participants will be assisting
field biologists in
identifying and classifying the biological
diversity found within the
preserve. Evenings will include mistnetting
bats and socratic seminars
discussing issues in conservation biology.
Additionally, participants will
have an opportunity to visit a Mayan ruin and
snorkel at coastal coral reef
reserve during the last two days of the institute.
The purpose is to
establish baseline data on the diversity and
begin work on defining the
ecological function of the species present.
Overall, this is an unusual and unique opportunity
in that it not only
for authentic field research but also staff
development credit for teachers
and/ or college credit for participants (additional
fee for college credit).
Dan Bisaccio, Project Director
and Guide to Acitivites:
El Eden Reserve Website
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