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Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
From: $ 2,025 $ 253 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Survey and observe birds. You'll check nest boxes set up by the researchers throughout the mountains, and learn to identify birds by their songs.
  • Track biodiversity. On your long-hike days, you will take note of all the plants and animals you see and monitor camera traps set up by the researchers.
  • Monitor small mammals. Keep an eye on the health of vole, mouse, and shrew populations by capturing them, collects measurements, and safely releasing them.
  • Survey bats. On some evenings, you will walk paths and count all the bats you see or detect with special sensors.
  • Assess vegetation. In preset research plots, you will measure trees and record the timing of natural events like fruiting and flowering.

Short Description

In the high slopes of the French Pyrenees, as in other mountain regions, climate change has already begun to alter the landscape. Some species are moving to higher latitudes, and some have begun to decline. The ways humans use the land also causes shifts in the natural order of things, but little research has been done on how people have impacted this particular place. Questions of how climate change and human encroachment continue to alter this alpine world need answers as local organizations work towards sustainable solutions.

Stride Take

As on any Earthwatch fieldwork expedition, you’ll get down and dirty with researchers as you delve into the effects of climate change on alpine species.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Andorran Pyrenees
End City Andorran Pyrenees

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations
  • Food
  • All Related Research Costs

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival, meet teammates, introduction to research

Day 2-4

Training on sampling techniques and sampling activities, including:

Small mammals monitoring

Simultaneous birds of prey census

Vegetation surveys

Day 5

“Day-off”: help organizing data collected, visit sites with cultural interest

Day 3-8

Daily activities (same as Days 2-4)

Day 3-8

Departure.

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Price Per Day: $ 253 per day
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 5

Accomodations

n an Andorran Pyrenees village called El Serrat, which is located in the Valley of Ordino, you will stay at a comfortable hotel with a pool, wireless Internet, and access to beautiful hiking trails. Take in the view of the surrounding mountains from your room (which you’ll share with another teammate) or from the terrace of the hotel’s restaurant. Hotel Bringué is in the center of the four valleys where the research will be conducted.

Cancellation Policy:

If you wish to cancel your expedition place please inform Earthwatch as soon as possible. Your cancellation will be confirmed with an email from Earthwatch; you should not consider your expedition canceled until you have received this confirmation.

If you cancel less than 90 days before your expedition start date, Earthwatch will retain 100% of your contribution. If you cancel 90 days or more before your expedition start date, your balance payment will be refunded, but your nonrefundable deposit* will be retained by Earthwatch. If you used a promotional offer when registering for your expedition, your reservation is subject to the terms and conditions of that offer. It is your responsibility to ensure you understand any such terms prior to signing up.

Note: Any funds retained due to cancellation will support expedition field research and are considered a charitable donation to Earthwatch. Additional donations made above the minimum contribution are also nonrefundable and nontransferable and are considered a charitable gift to Earthwatch.

*AU one-day expeditions are treated as a non-refundable deposit and full payment is retained by Earthwatch.

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  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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