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.
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
Want to know what my typical day entailed during my tenure as a BBPP field assistant? Take a look at these two videos, which I took during our primate census. This happened to be a really unique monkey encounter – I only saw drills four times in two months, and it was pure luck that . . . → Read More: Primate censusing – a day in my life with the BBPP
Just posted an article on the Naples Daily News, which talks about how we would census for monkeys, and also refers to these two videos below (which are both videos of monkey encounters).