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Subject: Field Course: Tigers to Turtles: Conservation and Ecology in Bangladesh

Course page: https://fieldprojects.org/course/bangladesh/

Dates: Dec. 11 - 23, 2017

Location: Sundarbans Reserve Forest and Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2017, or until slots are filled

Course Description:

This two-week field course in Bangladesh will provide hands-on experience in the ecology and conservation of unique wildlife species in two highly biodiverse ecosystems: Lawachara National Park, a tropical evergreen forest in northeastern Bangladesh, and the Sundarbans Reserved Forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest in southwestern Bangladesh. The overall objective of the course is to introduce students to tropical wildlife, and their habitat, taxonomy, natural history and biogeography, with an emphasis on the conservation challenges and prospects faced by these animals. Additional topics covered are wildlife monitoring, evergreen forest ecology, mangrove forest and estuarine ecology, and applied conservation biology. During the course, theory will be delivered through lectures and in-house discussions, followed by hands-on activities to practice field methodologies. 

Highlights:

  • Participate in a multi-day boat-led expedition into the Sundarbans Reserve Forest, the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, with a chance to see endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), salt water crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), the Ganges (Platanista gangetica) and Irrawaddy (Orcaella brevirostris) dolphins, and the critically endangered river terrapin (Batagur baska) endemic to the area. Nowhere else in the world can you find P. t. tigrisin a mangrove habitat.
  • Explore Lawachara National Park, containing semi-evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, home to the endangered western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock).
  • Learn from a course instructor with diverse expertise in tropical biology field research, from albinism in the fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) to the molecular phylogeny of South Asian Softshell Turtles. He has also conducted numerous herpetological surveys in the area, discovering two new lizard species sightings records in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. 

Program Costs:

The fee for this course is $2600 and includes the following:

  • Food and lodging for the entire course.
  • Round-trip travel to Sundarbans Reserve Forest and Lawachara National Parks within Bangladesh.
  • Experienced instructors and field equipment.

This course fee does NOT include:

  • International travel to and from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required for course attendance).
  • Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight and insect repellent (all of which are required to take this course).

Financial Aid:

Scholarships: This year, we are offering two scholarships to attend this course, one targeting a Bangladeshi citizen and the other is open to applicants of other nationalities. For the application details please visit our scholarships page (https://fieldprojects.org/participate/courses-2/scholarships/)

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: FPI can now provide a peer-to-peer crowd funding platform for all field course students. You will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue a discount code to you for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well. Please note that funds raised in excess of your program fees will be rolled into our scholarship fund. Also, if you withdraw from the course at any time, your donors cannot get a refund. In this case, all of those funds would also roll over into our scholarship fund for other students. To set up this option, please register for a course, first, and then contact us at info@fieldprojects.org to set up your fundraising page.

For further details and to register visit the course page, https://fieldprojects.org/course/bangladesh/


Field Projects International <info@fieldprojects.org>
Thursday, September 21, 2017

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