CAC Sea to Shore


During this year's Spring Break, CAC will travel with Dr Noonan to study wildlife in California.  We will focus on the unique Pacific shoreline (where deep sea trenches approach the land resulting in an explosion of marine life, and where Pacific moisture nurtures the world's largest trees).  These field studies will take place within the Big Sur landscape, and in the Monterey Marine Reserve.  The dates of travel will be 17-21 April 2019.


Although wildlife is always unpredictable, we can reasonably expect to observe grey whales, elephant seals, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and 100+ bird species (including the California condor!). 

This five-day field trip will comprise a self-contained zero-credit experience for the student participants.  The activities and tone of the trip will be fun and exciting, punctuated with periods of observation and reflection.  Participation will include an outreach component via social media. No additional work or assignments will be due after the completion of the field trip. 


Each student's portion of the total cost will be $910.

(Students should anticipate additional costs associated with required clothing, plus the cost of meals while traveling.) 


Limited Spaces:

Space in this project will be limited to ten students.


Application Process:

Applications can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Written applications are due 1 November 2018. 


Award Announcements:

The CAC-California team will be announced 7 November 2018.

Payment Schedule:

The $910 payment will be due on 9 November 2018.  

Payments should be provided as checks, made out to "Canisius College."

These payments are not refundable.  So each student should consider obtaining travel insurance.



Contact Info: Michael Noonan, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208