ABEC Upcoming Travel Options

During each year, the ABEC department conducts a number of nature-focused trips for students. Some of these experiences are associated with academic credit; others are conducted solely as informal learning opportunities.

2018-2019 travel schedule

ABEC 351: Zoo Exhibitry

Students interested in working in zoos, can register for Zoo Exhibitry (ABEC 351), a one-credit course, usually each fall. Students enrolled in this course travel to numerous zoos during fall break or over several weekends to learn about and critically evaluate zoo design. Each year the trip is focused on a different set of zoos and students can take the course multiple times. Costs vary, but are generally between $250 and $350 per student. 2018: Size Matters: Zoos Large and Small in Ohio. October 6-9: Akron Zoo, The Wilds, Columbus Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo, Cleveland MetroParks Zoo.  Students must be registered by August 31, 2018. 

Important details:
Destination:  Size Matters: Zoos Large and Small in Ohio
When:  Travel during fall break (Oct 6-9), (plus required 1 credit course and 4-5 class meetings)
What: Study of zoo exhibit design in practice
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC/Margulis
Participation:  Any student who has completed ABEC101/102 may register for this course. Usually 40 seats. 
Cost Per Person: $250 for 2018
Deadline to apply/deposit: Register during spring semester as part of normal registration process. Deposit due upon registration; payment in full due before the end of spring semester.

ABEC 403: Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Travel to Belize over spring break to study tropical ecology and conservation in this 1-credit course.  We will explore the amazing wildlife and habitats of northern Belize, and learn from local experts about the conservation issues that affect this unique environment.  Staying at field stations and ecolodges in the Rio Bravo Conservation Area, we will head out on foot and by boat to look for its diverse wildlife.  The area is home to nearly 400 bird species and over 70 types of mammals – including the largest population of jaguars in Belize - as well as numerous reptiles, amphibians, and insects.  Our trip will include forest hikes, nocturnal wildlife spotting, presentations by local experts, visits to the zoo, wildlife sanctuaries, and grassroots conservation organizations, and even the chance to climb an ancient Mayan temple.  Students will be expected to read several short papers before and during the trip, participate in discussions, and keep a daily journal/field notebook.  At the end of the trip, each student will write a short, reflective paper on one aspect of the experience.

Important Details:
Destination:  various locations in Belize
When: Spring Break 2019
What: Mesoamerican rain forest ecology, tropical conservation issues, wildlife observation, grassroots conservation initiatives, Mayan history and culture
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC/Foster
Participation: Participation is limited to 10 students.
Cost per person: $2800 (estimated, food included)
Deadline to apply/deposit: Applications due November 1, 2018, deposit date TBA

FAH273: Field Excursion: Connections Between Animal Portrayals in Museums and Zoos

This one-credit course can be taken on its own, or in conjunction with FAH 272 (animals in art) as a one-credit add-on. Animals in Art covers field 3, arts and literature. The course is open to students in any major. ABEC students should note that while this course will count towards the zoo biology minor, it will not count towards the ABEC major. Walk along the picturesque waterways that inspired the likes of Rembrandt and Seurat. Indulge in the rich art culture of Amsterdam as you visit some of the world’s most notable museums. Experience the wild side of Amsterdam as you visit Amsterdam's many zoos. In addition to the wonderful art museums and historic locales, we will visit three world class zoos: Apenheul, Artis Royal Zoo, and Burgers’ Zoo. 

Important Details:
Destination:  Amsterdam
When: Spring Break 2019
What: Art and animals; three zoos, three museums, the Anne Frank House, and a canal cruise are all included, as are select meals.
Sponsor/Mentor: FAH/Widenor; ABEC/Margulis
Participation: Participation is limited to 18 students.
Cost per person: $2950 (additional discounts may be available for early depositors)
Deadline: Early bird discount before September 15

ABEC 404: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Africa

This capstone course is open to students who will be seniors in Fall 2019. This year for the first time, we will be traveling to Kenya to work with the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW). The emphasis will be on community-based conservation. We will be traveling for 2 weeks, and activities will include working with orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Trust, exploring the private ranch Kapiti Plains, patrolling with wildlife guardians at Kisagau (and a hike up Mount Kisagau), visiting farmers with bee fences and lion lights, a trip to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee sanctuary, and de-snaring in and around Samburu reserve. We will be doing a combination of camping and lodging (camping equipment provided by ANAW). You will be immersed in the culture(s) of Kenya, and gain a deep appreciation for issues associated with human-wildlife coexistence. Students register for the course during Fall 2019, and complete group projects.

Important details:
Destination:  Kenya (including Tsavo East, Samburu, Sweetwaters, Kapiti Plains, and Kisagau)
When:  15 June to 30 June 2019, plus required 3-credit course in the fall) (Please note: dates are approximate, and may shift by 1-2 days)
What: In-depth exploration of conservation and human-wildlife co-existence in Kenya. Explore private lands and national reserves. Part of three-credit capstone course to be completed during Fall 2019 semester. 
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC/Margulis
Participation:  Participation is limited to 8 students.  Seats competitively awarded.  
Cost Per Person: $3,300 (estimated, food included; vaccinations not included)
Deadline to apply/deposit: Applications due November 1, 2018; deposit due December 14, 2018.

ABEC 405: Political Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

This field course provides an in-depth look at the complex sociocultural and political aspects of wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability by immersing students in research, workshops, readings, and discussions with local community groups and conservation experts in Costa Rica.  We will travel first to the capital of San Jose, where we will meet with professors working at the nearby University for Peace, to learn about some of the history around conservation, indigenous peoples, and sustainability in Costa Rica.  We will also learn about current work being done at the national and local level in areas of environmental education and community advocacy.  We will then travel to the small town of Santa Elena to spend five days engaged in wildlife tours, participating in education workshops, and hearing from guest speakers about re-wilding projects, river protection, sustainable farming, and new ecotourism programs.  Finally, we will travel to the beautiful coastal town of Manuel Antonio to stay and volunteer with Kids Saving the Rainforest, a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and conservation of wildlife.  We will work with the public in small research projects at Manuel Antonio National Park to learn about human-wildlife interactions there.  

Important Details:
Destination:  Various locations in Costa Rica
When:  Summer 2019 (15 days) plus 3-credit course in Fall 2018
What:  Cultural and political ecologies of conservation, ecotourism, sustainability in Costa Rica
Sponsor/Mentor:  ABEC/Russell
Participation: Participation is limited to eight students. Seats competitively awarded.
Cost Per Person:  $3,000 (estimated, food included)
Deadline to Apply/Deposit:  Applications due November 1, 2018; Deposit due March 15 2019.

ABEC 490: Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation

The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation program will be offering several trips during the 2018-19 academic year. Please see the information for each individual trip below.

Destination:  Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)
Dates:  15-22 December 2018
Activities/Goals:  1. High altitude desert in dormant volcano.  2. Windward rainforest. 3. Inshore coral reefs. 4. Inter-island humpback whale breeding grounds. Rainforests, waterfalls, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, incredible fish, coral reefs. 
Additional information at:  http://www3.canisius.edu/~noonan/cac/cac_hawaii.htm
Sponsor/Mentor: CAC/Noonan
Participation:  Undergraduate students
Expected Cost Per Person: $1950
Deadline to apply/deposit:  28 September 2018
Destination:  India
Dates:   28 Dec 2018 to 13 Jan 2019
Activities/Goals:  Participation in Project Tiger video production. 
Additional information at:  http://www3.canisius.edu/~noonan/cac/cac_project_tiger.htm
Sponsor/Mentor: CAC/Noonan
Participation:  Undergraduate students
Expected Cost Per Person: $2000
Deadline to apply/deposit:  28 September 2018
Destination:  Monterey Marine Reserve (California)
Dates:  17-21 Apr 2019
Activities/Goals:  Migratory whales and seals, sea otters, condors, giant trees, etc.
Additional information at:  http://www3.canisius.edu/~noonan/cac/cac_california.htm
Sponsor/Mentor: CAC/Noonan
Participation:  Undergraduate students
Expected Cost Per Person:  $910
Deadline to apply/deposit:  1 November 2018