I was just sitting here and procrastinating on twitter and came across these fantastic videos. Right off the bat, I’ll just come out and say that my artistic talents are so horrible that I couldn’t even pretend to take credit for these videos if I wanted to. In any case, here is my . . . → Read More: Inspirational travel videos!
I been asked over and over again what it was like for me to live in the forest, and it occured to me how unbelievable it might be to some people that, along with three other people, I lived without electricity (well, we had a generator that we were able to use about once a . . . → Read More: Home Sweet Home. I mean…Tent Sweet Tent.
Want to know what it’s like to start off a work day with a 1.5 hour hike on a rainforest trail involving several ravines and a small mountain?
Until I visited Bioko, I always thought that the cliche “dripping with sweat” statements were simply literary exaggerations. Well, I’m here to let you know that it . . . → Read More: All in a day’s work; yep, this is definitely not sexy.
During my time working for the BBPP, the objective of our work was basically to census a long coastal trail that stretched through long areas of unexplored Bioko Island habitat. Although we were technically on a trail, I would have to say that the use of the word “trail” became more and more loosely used . . . → Read More: Trail hiking…but without the trail.
As most of you should know by now, I spent just under three months in the rainforest of Bioko Island working at a field assistant for the BBPP. One of the perks of the job is that we worked in virtually unexplored areas; we hiked into areas that even the locals don´t even frequent. Being . . . → Read More: Exploring the Island: The Siopi River
During one of the last days of my fieldwork time on Bioko Island, a coworker and I were lucky enough to stumble upon two wild grey african parrots just hanging out in a tree. They were more than happy to chirp away for us; it was amazing to see them in the wild and not . . . → Read More: African Grey Parrots in the wild!
So I have to admit that I never got to see any turtles while I was at Bioko; they were coming up onto the beaches to lay their eggs at night, but occasionally, one would still be out of water during the early morning hours.
A coworker and friend of mine got some short videos . . . → Read More: Turtles and things.
Step number 1: Set up a signal fire.
Step 2: Sleep on the beach until the boat gets here.
Step 3: Frantically flag down the boat with any available materials…ie: neon yellow rain jacket.
Step 4: Desperately try to get an overloaded boat out over the breaking waves and safely into the . . . → Read More: How to leave a rocky, wave-filled, bay on the southern beaches of Bioko Island.
Nights were a really weird time in the forest; we didn’t have electricity so we would do everything by firelight or by headlamp light beam. It’s strange to describe the feeling of being confined to such a small area because of a lack of power, although I came to prefer having a headlamp on me…even . . . → Read More: Night time, rainforest style.
Hello people of the blogosphere!
Just an update on how my life is going. I got to South Africa a few days ago and have settled in nicely at the research outpost on the Loskop Dam Reserve, where I’m working as an assistant for a study on the local vervet monkey population.
Living on the . . . → Read More: Hello from South Africa