"HabitatNet: Connecting Community, Education, & Ecosystems through Biodiversity Field Research Projects"
Using the Smithsonian Institution's Man and Biosphere (SI/MAB) permanent biodiversity research protocols, high school and college students from North America, Latin America, and Caribbean islands have been collaborating and collecting biological research data at field sites in New Hampshire, Mexico, and Caribbean for the past ten years. The overall goals of HabitatNet are to (1) develop conservation biological literacy and cross-cultural partnerships with students by giving them an opportunity to learn field methods and applications while collecting and interpreting biological diversity data and (2) establish baseline biological diversity data at the various field sites. Over five hundred students have been involved with this project thus far. Annual field reports are written and submitted to the Smithsonian Institution and local NGO conservation agencies by the student participants.