Back in Botswana
(photo above: Wyatt and Sixteen with escort guides and villagers in Mababe)
This season, we have a small volunteer crew in Botswana carrying out field work in the eastern reaches of the Okavango Delta. The team includes: Tom Jones, a long-time friend of Round River’s director; Wyatt Mayo, a Round River alum from the University of Alaska Fairbanks who was on our Namibia program this fall; and Sixteen Sinvula, our local Motswana guide who has assisted with the past two student programs, and who provides much needed and appreciated local knowledge and expertise.
The group is currently conducting wildlife monitoring in Wildlife Management Areas with escort guides from the Sankuyo, Mababe, and Khwai Community Trusts. They will be working in these communal concessions until the end of April, driving transects to monitor herbivore numbers and demographics in the wet season, as well as conducting bird monitoring for rare and threatened species.
It has been a good year for rains so far, and the landscape is green, as you can see in the following photos taken by Tom Jones.
The group is finishing up field work in Mababe this week, and will head to Khwai next. Keep an eye on the Blog for more photos.