Category Archives: Endangered Species

The Great Turtle Race

Sea turtles make huge journeys across the Pacific, to and from egg-laying sites. Turtles laying eggs  in Indonesia paddle (and use currents) all the way to California to forage for jellyfish, and leatherbacks from Costa Rica travel right down to the south Pacific.

Some researchers have been using GPS technology to track migrations to see if their route is the same each year:

There is even an annual event called The Great Turtle Race (this year is the second – The Olympiad!)

Head on over to their website to find out more about sea turtle conservation and visit some of their links.

There’s even a flash game or two to play, or a sea turtle survival lesson from Bridge: National Marine Educators Association

And, of course, there is a facebook group devoted to the race.

This is all organised by the leatherback trust.

Walking the Amazon

This is some project.

Earlier this year, Ed Stafford and Luke Collyer from the UK started an epic journey – to walk the full length of the Amazon from the source in Peru to the mouth in Brazil. This has never been done before and will cover 4,000 miles and take about 18 months. Their aim is to raise money and awareness for a load of charities, as well as serving as a spotlight on issues related to environmental and social change in the Amazon region.

Recently, Luke left the expedition after 90 days – so if you’re up to it, head on over to the website and apply for the position of Ed’s new partner!

The team are posting regular videos of their progress to the website, which can also be found on GoogleVideo:

edited to correct Luke Collyer’s name.

Arkive.org – a whopping great video archive

This site is a great resource for short clips of hundreds of different species in the wild. Thanks to Philips78 from the TES Boards for the link. They are streamed videos – WMV, RealVideo or Qucktime – and you can download each one via a button below the video. Go and have a look – you could spend hours and all your bandwidth, so get comfortable.

%d bloggers like this: