A Step Into the Wild: Siobhan’s DANTA Field Course Experience


When I received my acceptance to DANTA’s Primate Behaviour and Conservation field course in Costa Rica last summer, I immediately surfed the web extensively on this country, (a nation slightly smaller than Nova Scotia, or for my American readers, West Virginia). Like any eager traveller, I wanted to know everything about this seemingly utopic, biologist’s mecca. Flanked on either side

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Each year DANTA offers a number of training courses in various aspects of tropical biology. Typically, the courses are one month long but shorter courses are also offered through our organization. The courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical biology and conservation, but have little or no experience of working

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Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation Dates:   Winter Session: January 1-16, 2017 Summer Session: July 15-30, 2017 Application deadline: Winter Session: December 1, 2016 Summer Session: June 1, 2017 Program fee: $2600 Location: Osa Conservation, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Contact: Visit our website and/or email us at conservation@danta.info for more information Course Description This course is designed to provide students

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Primate Connections 2017 Calendars!


What fundraising project brings together 13 primate conservation organizations, numerous independent wildlife photographers, primate conservation societies, zoos, and various youth and educational organizations, all in the name of primate conservation? The 2017 Primate Connections calendar, of course! Click here to view entire calendar. We are especially excited as Dr. Jane Goodall has again officially endorsed the project! Through the purchase of a

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UNSTOPPABLE: Bill Nye, book review


As a self-proclaimed critical thinking nerd, Bill Nye balances optimism and scientific curiosity, to turn all obstacles into opportunities, so that possibilities of our world become limitless in his new book UNSTOPPABLE. Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today’s rising youth to action: to create a better future. Nye comes off

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In the Spotlight: Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary


Although I love research, I’ve realized that my real passion lies in getting folks engaged with a project or an idea–we can’t continue to publish studies in a scientific vacuum and assume that the world will change.

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Genius of Birds: Book Review


Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Ackerman is a contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Birds, she shows, are

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Genius of Dogs: Book Review


In college I took both an Animal Cognition class and an Animal Behavior class. Animal cognition studies the mental capabilities where as animal behavior looks at the physical, sometimes more measurable, traits an animal performs. Both professors stated that there is a lot of great research on animal intelligence. They also both stated that performing research on domestic companion animals

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