CAC Tropical Connections

This branch of CAC offers an opportunity to study nature at the front lines of conservation, and to give back by promoting the preservation of wildlife in our own community. If this sounds as good to you as it does to us, then try out for a position on this year’s CAC team!


During the Canisius Spring Break (March 14-22), CAC will travel to Costa Rica for first-hand study of the wildlife there.  In both the Monteverde Cloud Forest and in the La Selva river basin, our studies will concentrate on birds, and on numerous other aspects of the tropical ecosystems as we encounter them (monkeys, agoutis, sloths, tapirs, etc.). 


Following our studies, the CAC team will return to Western New York, where we will teach middle school children lesson pertaining to migration and the importance of the tropics in that process.

Program rehearsal: Over four Sundays in April, the CAC team will rehearse scripts and prepare our program.

Program Delivery: For five days per week during the period May 11-June 12, 2015, the CAC team will host groups of middle school children at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR). Our CAC program at INWR will consists of three parts:

  • Power Birding along an elevated boardwalk in the wetlands. This combines opportunistic bird watching with scripted lessons about wetlands ecology.
  • Picnic Lunch in which our CAC college students serve as role models for the middle schoolers.
  • Ecology Games in which the students show their mastery over the lessons learned. These are fun interactive games that lights up with smiling faces and excitement.


The CAC Tropical Connections students will receive 3 academic credits (enrolled as ABEC490) in Fall 15.


All travel and training expenses (including food) will be paid for by the CAC program.

Each participant will receive $500 following their five weeks of service at INWR.


All Canisius students are encouraged to apply. 

This program is open to students from all academic years and from all academic majors.


The application process involves the following three stages:

  1. Written applications involve the completion of short essays. The application form can be assessed online by clicking on the link below. These written applications are due no later than February 6, 2015.
  2. Live tryouts will take place February 9-11.  This will consist of delivering brief presentations, targeted toward children, that convey lessons about wildlife and conservation.
  3. The CAC Flyways award announcements will be made on or before February 25, 2015.


Six students will be selected for this CAC project.

Application Form


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