Caroline and I spent several weeks with The Kasiisi Project earlier this year with the goal of creating a short film for their promotional use. It is a fantastic organization that promotes the conservation of Kibale National Park in western Uganda through education. This is a short teaser video to spark the viewers interest to learn more about The Kasiisi Project - http://www.kasiisiproject.org.
Comments are welcome!
Sora (Porzana carolina) can be heard fairly regularly in their marshy habitat, but they are a real challenge to see. While conducting wildlife surveys for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks a few years ago, stumbled into an area with a lot of Sora activity. I found a few of their elevated nests hidden among the reads and enjoyed hearing the adults call back and forth. They have a great call as well - CLICK HERE TO HEAR THEIR CALL
It's always a jolting reminder that spring has arrived when you hear the chilling 'rattle' nearby while walking in the prairie. Annually, an average of 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. 99% of the bites are from snakes in the Crotalidae family, or pit vipers – which includes rattlesnakes. I was surprised to learn that on average, there are only 12 deaths per year out of the 8,000 people bitten. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s not worth the risk of being bitten by any venomous snake and I’m always super cautious when working with or in the area where rattlesnakes might be.
If you’re interested to read more about venomous snake bites in the U.S. – I found my information from this scientific paper published in 2002:
Watch your step out there and be safe!
This was my favorite article to date due to the challenge of locating and photographing the five papyrus-restricted bird species highlighted in the article. Particularly challenging was locating the Papyrus Yellow Warbler (Calamonastides gracilirostris), naturally being the most threatened of the five species. This is my first publication in South Africa's new birding magazine - African Birdlife.
Click on the image above or follow THIS LINK to download the PDF of the article.