NATURE TRAVEL SPECIALISTS would like to remind birders that opportunities exist to go birding in foreign countries for free, or even get paid for it. http://www.naturetravelspecialists.com/
Various US universities have openings for field assistants for their graduate students, and on-going programs. These usually mean a lengthy stay, at least several weeks, but present a rare opportunity to really get to know an areaís birdlife well, not just a few days hopeful searching. Programs typically including nest monitoring, mist-netting, and other data gathering.
And while itís difficult to check on every university in the US, Nature Travel Specialistsí website makes it much simpler. Their nature research and volunteer travel pages list wildlife volunteer and some paid openings in countries as diverse as Australia, Peru and Canada. Many of the volunteer positions include reimbursements for expenses, housing, and other assistance; some include stipends as well.
For those interested in birding in the US, another part of their site, US volunteer birding, details birding internships around the US. These can be more difficult for non-US citizens to get, but itís still possible and again presents great opportunities to get to know the birds of the United States.
For more information please contact Andrew Haffenden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Created: 25th Jan 2006