Friday, June 27, 2008

Training Bird Guides in Rwanda

I just returned from Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda, where I trained bird guides.

I conducted bird guide trainings in two locations recently: Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda and Quirimbas National Park in Mozambique. The enthusiasm of the trainees is matched only by the exuberance of the park managers, who see clearly the impact that trained guides will have on visitors’ experiences.

One highlight: while in Quirimbas I got ten “lifers” and two ringing ticks. For me, that was quite something. The trainee guides understood when I explained that even an experienced birder still has a lot to get excited about.

In Rwanda, we had some great ringing, catching no less than eight Albertine Rift endemics, including: Grauer's Rush Warbler, Archer's robin chat, Red-throated alethe, and Strange Weaver (it was a bit odd!).

I got two lifers as well, Kungwe Apalis and Red-collared Mountain Babbler.

We're looking forward to returning for our next trip. I've made arrangements to go on more extensive ringing expeditions to look for Albertine Owlet and Shelley's Crimsonwing.

Consider joining us on our next expedition, and contact me if you're interested.

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