This March and April, three groups of local Belizean and visiting U.S. students will participate in EPI’s brand new field program in Belize. The project is in partnership with the Oceanic Society working on a bottlenose dolphin research study at Turneffe Atoll off the coast of Belize City. The groups will be staying at the Oceanic Society’s Blackbird Caye Field Station studying the resident dolphin population and contributing data to the project. Visiting groups will also spend time at Mayan ruins and Belizean rainforest sites.
Despite the abundant and magnificent coastal and marine ecosystems that are so critical to the culture, economy, and biodiversity of the Belize, there is no program that involves local high school students in marine conservation research. To achieve this goal, EPI is working with advisers from the University of Belize, the Southern Environmental Association, and the Sea to Shore Alliance to develop programs for local youth that meet community needs, cultural norms, and effective conservation monitoring.
We must raise $5000 by the end of March to support the on-the-ground costs of bringing the first local students to the research site. Please join our Razoo campaign specifically to fund the inclusion of 15 Belizean high school students for the first time ever in dolphin conservation research at the Oceanic Society’s Blackbird Field Station on Turneffe Atoll.
You can make history in a pioneering effort to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders in Belize. Contact us or visit Razoo for more details!