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45 Years of Making a Difference

In our first 45 years, we have saved species, contributed to global environmental policies, and conserved threatened land and seascapes. Donate today and ensure another 45 years of citizens and scientists working together to protect our shared planet.

Our Global Presence: Interactive Map

Check out our brand-new animated and interactive map that highlights the many countries we’ve worked in over the years. Explore the map’s interactive features and discover more about our 47 unique expeditions – from studying sea otters in Alaska to measuring the effects of climate change in the Indian Himalayas.

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Photo Contest Winners

Check out the winners from our first-ever #EarthwatchMemory Photo Contest!

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Earthwatch Milestones

For 45 years, Earthwatch scientists and volunteers have helped to change environmental policies, achieve critical conservation goals, and produce groundbreaking findings. Check out just a few examples of Earthwatch’s scientific impacts over the years.


Earthwatch Milestones


Excavation of mammoth graveyard sites in South Dakota is begun, a project supported by Earthwatch for 39 years and led by Dr. Larry Agenbroad.

A Mammoth Excavation

1976: Cape Cod National Seashore

Earthwatch launches a Cape Cod study in partnership with Dr. Stephen Leatherman that was instrumental in establishing the Cape Cod National Seashore and in passing federal barrier island protection laws.

Cape Cod National Seashore

1981: Discovery of New Spider Species

Drs. Geoffrey Monteith and R.J. Raven discover a new species of funnel-web spider in Queensland, Australia that is named Aname earthwatchorum (“of the Earthwatchers”).

Discovery of New Spider Species

1987: Conservation Award for Sea Turtle Efforts

Earthwatch receives a Conservation Service Award from Donald Hodel, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, for our successful efforts to save endangered Caribbean turtles, led by several Earthwatch scientists, including Dr. David Nellis, Dr. Jaime Collazo, Mr. Sean Furniss, Dr. Scott Eckert, Dr. Karen Eckert, Dr. David Olsen, and Ms. Susan Basford.

Conservation Award for Sea Turtle Efforts

1995: First Observations of Hippos Eating Meat

Earthwatch teams in Zimbabwe, led by Dr. Joe Dudley, make the first observations of one of nature’s greatest vegetarians, the hippo, eating meat, suggesting that drought gave rise to omnivory.

First Observations of Hippos Eating Meat

2000: Saving Oiled Penguins

Earthwatch teams led by Dr. Peter Barham support efforts to clean around 23,000 penguins that were “oiled” in the Treasure oil spill disaster between Robben and Dassen Islands in South Africa. 90% of oiled penguins survived.

Saving Oiled Penguins

2001: Unearthing New Dinosaur Species

Earthwatch volunteer James Murphy unearths a near-complete skeleton of a new species of dinosaur in the Argentinian Andes during an excavation led by Dr. Oscar Alcober. The species is named Eodromaeus murphi.

Unearthing New Dinosaur Species

2007:Groundbreaking Research on Isle Royale Wolves

With 20 years of support from Earthwatch, Dr. Rolf Peterson produced groundbreaking findings about extinction risk among Isle Royale wolves, and was the first to detect the impact of inbreeding within this population.

Groundbreaking Research on Isle Royale Wolves

2013?: Endangered Sharks Gain Increased Protections

Data collected by volunteers in Belize under the guidance of Dr. Demian Chapman contributed to the listing of five shark species of concern by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Endangered Sharks Gain Increased Protections

2016 – Wildlife Tracking Helps to Reintroduce Bison

To prepared for a proposed bison reintroduction, Earthwatch volunteers work with Dr. Cristina Eisenberg to use traditional wildlife tracking methods to measure wildlife presence, wolf predation risk, and grassland health.

Wildlife Tracking Helps to Reintroduce Bison


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