Destinations! Greenland

Arctic Ecology & Peregrine Falcon Survey
SUMMER: July 23 - August 8, 2012

This seventeen-day-study-tour consists of field work conducted 100 miles north of the arctic circle in central West Greenland near the town of Kangerlussuaq. This project is in collaboration and under permit with the High Arctic Institute of the World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise, ID. The objectives of the class are to continue a long-term study of the reproductive success and genetic variation of breeding Peregrine Falcons, and to introduce students first hand to an arctic ecosystem.

Primarily by foot we will backpack to historically occupied cliffs and rappel into ledges to count and leg-band young, and also to draw blood from nestlings. We will visit the Greenland ice sheet and fish for Arctic Char, and students will see Muskox, Caribou, Arctic Fox, and numerous species of flowering plants. The instructor will complement the study-tour with field lectures concerning the ecology of the arctic tundra, conservation ecology, and endangered species biology. Our activities will also serve as a basis for discussions about the design and methodology of field research.

Application Deadline: February 15. Application requires a $400 deposit to secure a spot. Group limit is six participants but spots fill in quickly. We suggest that participants apply early.

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Open to students and non-students alike. All participants will be expected to attend all meetings, lectures, and other scheduled activities before, during, and after the study tour. Pre-tour preparation will be part of the requirement for credit. Priority is given to registered UWSP and UW-System students, but others, may participate.

All participants must be able to participate in the program at the college level, and stand up to the considerable physical rigors of this course. You must obtain Dr. Rosenfield’s written permission to participate.

Academic Credits

BIOLOGY 498/698 Selected Topics:
Arctic Ecology and Peregrine Falcon Research
4 undergraduate or graduate credits

Academic Leader

Dr. Bob Rosenfield
College of Natural Resources

The study-tour is being led by Professor Bob Rosenfield, an avian ecologist with training in wildlife management, who has made 17 previous trips to conduct research on Peregrine Falcons in Greenland. He teaches Ecology, Raptor Ecology, and Ornithology in the Department of Biology and has authored over 80 scientific papers, monographs, and book chapters on avian biology and conservation. He was chosen to serve on several international committees to review endangered species status of select raptor species, and he was a recipient of both an outstanding teaching and scholarship award from UWSP. His work with birds of prey has been chronicled in two different episodes by the Discovery Channel and various popular magazines, including National Wildlife and National Geographic.


Approximately $6,250-$6,750
Estimation based on 8 participants and two UWSP faculty

Cost Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • 4 credits UWSP Wisconsin resident undergraduate tuition
  • Tours and lectures
  • Lodging and meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees

There is a tuition surcharge for non-residents. Minnesota residents may apply for reciprocity.

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Up to ten weeks before the start of the program, all fees except the initial deposit will be refunded. After the time, tuition, airline, tour costs and housing charges are assessed. If the program would be cancelled, all fees will be refunded. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or to alter the program.

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