New Zealand 2002

I spent May 5th to May 24th in New Zealand. The first couple weeks I was helping with dolphin research in Kaikoura through Earthwatch. The final week I traveled around the south island. I kept a daily log while I was there.

Australia and New Zealand .... South Island route



So how did I manage to go to New Zealand to study dolphins you ask? It was through an organization called Earthwatch which hooks up volunteers with researchers in the field. You pay for the privilage and the proceeds go toward helping to finance the research. They have programs on every continent except Antarctica. You can help study lions, crocodiles, zebras, monkeys, penguins, koalas, echidnas, or manatees - dive in the Bahamas or on the Great Barrier reef - participate in archaeological digs in Jamaica, the Olduvai Gorge, Andalusia or Mongolia - study glaciers in Iceland - help learn about Lake Baikal - dig for dinosaurs in Texas or Patagonia - go to digs in Easter Island or the Amazon - or even do something in your own backyard since they support teams in Washington, Oregon and BC also. Much of the research is trying to figure out the impact people are having on the natural world. I've read about science all my life - it was fun to participate in it. I highly recommend it.

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