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Service Learning with Earthwatch: Loons and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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9 Days | 8 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
It was one of the worst ecological disasters in history. In 2010, more than 205 million gallons of crude oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — an event that continues to impact the species that call this region home. In a group of just eight volunteers, help scientists as they study the effects of the oil spill on the Common Loon, a seabird that spends up to six months of the year in the Gulf before returning to parts of the northern U.S. and Canada. Through field research and laboratory testing, gain insight into the diets, habitats and movements of the Common Loon, and consider how the oil spill has impacted their immune systems and mortality rates.


• Assist in the night capture of Common Loons and aid scientists in measuring, banding and data collection.
• Receive training in lab work that is essential to maintaining proper data and research.
• Enjoy two days and nights to explore New Orleans, including a field trip to the Louisiana State Museum’s “Living With Hurricanes” exhibit.

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Single room upgrades are available during your stay in New Orleans.

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Walking 1-2 miles per day; significant use of motorboats in field work.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival New Orleans, 2 nights; coach to Port Sulphur, 6 nights; coach to New Orleans, departure.

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8 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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