For cash-strapped college students, scraping together enough money to buy a burrito can be a chore.
Now try coming up with the money to fund a research trip to Alaska. Three UC Santa Cruz students are doing just that using Kickstarter, a website popular with homegrown entrepreneurs to "crowdsource" funding for documentaries, gadgets, graphic novels, albums and more.
"The good thing about Kickstarter is, it's a very short process," said 30-year-old Yiwei Wang, another member of the project, along with Taal Levi. "You kind of put yourself out there and within a month, you know."
The students, all at various stages of achieving their doctorates, hope to travel to an area of southeast Alaska known for a late salmon run that draws thousands of bald eagles annually. They want to see where the eagles come from, as well as document the salmon run's impact on local carnivores.
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