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Birds, Burrs, and Bert:

By Lucca Strerrer of University of Vermont             As we embarked on our first backpacking trip, a mix of emotions were running through our heads.  Our apprehension, anxiety, and fear were all trumped by excitement. This first trip marks the…

Patagonia, Uncategorized

Checking on the Chacabuco

By Lena Hanschka of Colby College As you drive along the X-83 road through the Chacabuco Valley in Patagonia National Park, you pass many species characteristic of the Patagonian Steppe. There are Calafate bushes, with their tasty blue berries protected…

Botswana

A Warm Welcome

By Allegra Klein of the University of Vermont Botswana Student Program – Spring Semester 2020 Hello everyone! Or should I say, “Dumela!” in Setswana, one of the primary languages spoken in Botswana. Our first week here has felt like a…

Botswana

Here Comes the Rain

By Elyse Ruthenbeck of University of Vermont When arriving in Botswana I was excited to continue to have warm weather and escape the Minnesota tundra back home. However, after weeks of relentless heat, I now find myself avoiding the sun…

Patagonia

Cows, College Students, and Conservation

By Gracie Little of Carleton College Patagonia Student Program – Fall 2019 Semester As with many encounters with Mother Nature, our time in Entrada Mayer was a lesson in humility. Those five days of slightly haphazard research, rain, and farm…

Patagonia

Community

By Anna Robert of Westminster College Patagonia Student Program – Fall 2019 Semester It’s 8 AM right now in Coyhaique and the rest of team Cogiue is slowly waking up, shuffling their belongings into their packs with sleepy eyelids. Somewhere…

Botswana

Cookin’ Up Something Good

By Mary Kuehl of University of Vermont We somehow only have one more month left here in Botswana. The time has been flying by because we have been busy doing transects and classes, playing cards, birding, fishing, and making gourmet meals….

Patagonia

Here We TamanGO Again!

By Maya Hilty of Carleton College Hello from Cochrane, our beloved base camp for this semester! Over the past week, we completed our last research excursion surveying the population of huemul in Tamango Reserve. Tamango is a protected area only…

Patagonia

Un Sueño

By Grace Leslie of Carleton College This week was particularly special as we headed off for our homestays! We were split into groups of two or three and sent to various homes in and around Cochrane. My group was composed…

Patagonia

Letters From the Fjord Dimension

By Kenzie Hines of University of Vermont The little boat came around a bend and Glacier Bernardo spilled into our view, with the bow pointed directly towards it. We reached the end of the portal into the fjord dimension, after…

Patagonia

Rolling With the Hand We’re Dealt

By Adam Gellman, of University of Vermont After over a month of living in Patagonia, studying the ecology and completing several trips into remote areas, we thought that we had seen what Patagonia had to throw at us. We were…

Botswana

Chasing Waterfalls

by Jess Harkness, of University of Vermont Botswana Student Program – Fall 2019 Semester It’s almost midnight in Botswana, and we’ve been on the road for twelve hours straight. By “road”, I mean a well-traveled path in the sand through…

Botswana

Tracking and Sheer, Dumb Luck

By Fiona Casey of Carleton College Do you know the scene in Lord of the Rings where Strider determines Pippin and Mary’s fate after the battle? No? That’s okay. I hadn’t seen Lord of the Rings before our campsite movie…