FRYEBURG — Joel Rhymer of Fryeburg Academy has been selected by Ecology Project International to participate in a Research & Education Fellowship in Baja Mexico, March 5 to 12.

EPI is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Belize, Baja Mexico and Yellowstone. Its mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships.

Rhymer will participate in a modified version of EPI’s Turtle Ecology Program. He will be immersed in the diverse ecology of the area, home to migrating grey whales and a thriving fishery.

Days spent at Magdalena Bay, a unique haven on the peninsula’s wild Pacific coast, will include sea turtle catch-and-release for scientific study, as well as lessons in how to incorporate field studies into the classroom.

The group will also meet with Mexican teachers and students and explore the cultural heritage of the city of La Paz.

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