Cuba Research Expedition Prepares

Our research team is soon to leave for Cuba.  This undertaking requires a huge amount of planning and preparation!

Foremost, we are assembling the tools to conduct our research projects.  This includes tangible items like video camcorders, voice recorders, cameras, microphones, tripods, batteries, report forms and clipboards.  We also are reviewing our research outlines and having orientation sessions to be sure that we’re all on the same page with our goals and procedures.  (See here for more specifics about the two studies we are undertaking.)

We also have many logistical preparations, such as finalizing accommodations and other travel arrangements, securing travel insurance, confirming funding arrangements, and packing all the items necessary for four weeks overseas.  It can be daunting to try and keep track of all the necessary details!

Not least, we are working hard — especially since sustainability is a core focus of our expedition — to offset the carbon that will be generated by our travels.  We take climate change seriously, and are doing our part to minimize our impacts upon Earth’s future.  Calculating carbon offsets in 2011 is still an inexact science, but we have partnered with a local environmental agency, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, for two days of tree planting inorder to balance this expedition’s carbon footprint.  As of this writing we have planted over 220 trees specifically for this purpose!

We hope to report on our expedition while we are afield in Cuba — watch this blog for details!

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