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Joëlle De Weerdt <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 29 May 2019 11:56:05 -0400
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Subject: Research expeditions Humpback whales Costa Rica - Summer 2019

The non-profit organization ELI-S and the Coastal dolphin of Latin America is
very happy to announce the setting up of a research expeditions on humpback
whale calving habitat in Costa Rica and Panama.

Costa Rica dates : 05-10 July 2019 & 12-17 July 2019 (6 days/5nights)
Costa Rica / Panama dates: 28 August - 05 September 2019 (9 days/8 nights)

Don't miss your chance to join us on this special edition where you can
discover Costa Rica and Panama during one single expedition.  Thanks to 15
years of data gathering on behaviors combined to satellite tagging data
(cooperation with Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama) we have
shown the fluid movement of mother-calf pairs between coastal waters in
Chiriquí Gulf and Osa Peninsula, more particularly in Golfo Dulce. We will
assess the development stage and health of calves. We will also be recording
vocalizations on these calving areas. Additionally as a side project we will
continue photo-ID efforts in Chiriquí Gulf with inshore bottlenose dolphins
and seek possible exchange and transitions with the dolphin population in
nearby Golfo Dulce.

No previous experience is required to join the expedition as training will be
provided. You will assist marine biologists in the field and gain experience
in boat-based surveys.

The program for this expedition comprises four marine navigations along
coastal areas in the two study sites: two in Golfo Dulce and two in Gulf of
Chiriquí. Participation fee includes lodging in shared accommodations (9
days/ 8 nights), including breakfast and dinner, meals, hydration and snacks
during navigation are also included. The expedition arrangement facilitates
participation in only one half of the expedition (4 nights / 5 days),
however, we will start in Golfo Dulce since is the model to guide research
next door in Panama, we will aid in travel arrangements in case just one of
the site is chosen for participation.

For any additionnal information on the program fees please send an email to
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Event Location: Costa Rica
Contact Person: Joëlle De Weerdt
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