Students in Professor Jon Evans’ Conservation Biology class this semester at the University of the South conducted a fundraiser for Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), a nongovernmental organization in Belize. FCD is dedicated to conserving the Chiquibul Forest, a biodiversity hotspot that is being threatened by illegal agricultural incursions, logging, extraction, and poaching.
The students learned about FCD using a blended learning educational module created by Geanina Fripp, a junior Ecology and Biodiversity major at Sewanee. Students raised more than $1,500, as well as awareness about FCD and their efforts. FCD was appreciative of the funds (presented during a conversation with the class via Skype), which will be used for forest rangers to safeguard the park. To learn more about FCD, visit the educational module at http://hive.sewanee.edu/belizedeforestation/.