"Notes from the Field" provides frequent updates and pictures from our biologists and students who are working in the field or at our headquarters, the World Center for Birds of Prey.
Released Philippine Eagle Matatag doing well in the wild
“Yes! Matatag is hunting ok in the wild." These were the words of excited Philippine Eagle Foundation Forest Protection Officer Joshua Donato after showing recent photos of a palm civet carcass that Matatag, a Philippine Eagle, had been consuming in the wild. Prior to this, Matatag was also observed feeding on a lizard.Read more...
Ranthambhore: Haunt of the Royal Bengal Tiger by Munir Virani
Winding down the narrow cobbled road across the gallery of forests with its stunning backdrop of golden-drenched cliffs, it seemed only like yesterday when I first did this same stretch. Spotted deer and peafowl stood along the side of the road oblivious to the speeding open jeeps that carried tourists eager to get even a glimpse of one of India’s enigmatic icons – the Royal Bengal Tiger. As we maneuvered our way through the towering main gate of the impressive fort that also leads to the entrance of the park, I couldn’t help but realize that I have been coming to this magnificent place for the last 14 years. I have bittersweet memories of driving up the same road towards the fort in April 2000 and pointing out dead and moribund Oriental White-backed Vultures.Read more...
A software developer goes to Alaska
In the evening of August 22, I stepped off a plane onto the tarmac of the Nome airport. A life milestone was reached - after many years of dreaming of it, I was finally in Alaska. What brought me, a software developer, to Nome - a place known more for gold and sled dogs than technology?Read more...
The future of Africa lies in investing in conservation education - Munir Virani
Africa is going through a huge transition where the rate of economic development is exponential. Over the coming years, wildlife will become more and more restricted to protected areas, which are also under threat from development. As more and more people in Africa crowd onto less and less land, incidences of human-wildlife conflicts will only increase resulting in the gradual decimation and extirpation of Africa’s unique wildlife resources.Read more...
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A day in the life of a Raptor Researcher in Africa - Adam Eichenwald
From the sun-drenched savannahs of Kenya comes this exclusive, in-depth look at the life of a raptor biologist. Having lived for 2 months at the Elsamere Field Centre, along the shores of Kenya's Lake Naivasha studying African Fish Eagles and Augur Buzzards, Peregrine Fund volunteer Adam Eichenwald brings us a never-before-seen-except-for-that-one-time window into his ongoing research. His mission: to boldly go where no man has gone before (barring those 20 prior years of Fish Eagle/Buzzard research from other biologists).Read more...
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