Congrats to Marcus for taking home several awards in the recent TRU research photo competition. Marcus’ photo of a big male rattler feasting on a red squirrel won best field photo (see below) and the People’s Choice Award. He also won Best Caption for a second photo two male snakes in combat. Clearly living with snakes has its virtues. Read the entire story and see all the other great photos by clicking HERE.
Stephanie from our lab has made a short video on dealing (and avoiding) rattlesnake bite, and it’s had a good response on Youtube. Click here!
In June I had the very good fortune to help out a colleague witha giraffe project in Kenya. Dusti Becker (along with her husband, Tony Povilitis) runs Life Net Nature, which is doing some amazing conservation work around the world. Dusti has been working with the Maasai people of Kenya to develop sustainable eco-tourism and a giraffe monitoring program. Needless to say, it was an amazing experience for me walking across the savannah, counting giraffes and other large mammals. I was able to check off four of my personal Big Five (Nile crocodile, black mamba, hyrax, and rhino) – just fell short on the honey badger (next time). Check out Life Net Nature for this and similar opportunities: http://lifenetnature.org/
Being on sabbatical this winter allowed me to spend more time in Belize, trying to learn more about the elusive Yucatan squirrel. While walking through an orchard I came across a troop of coatimundis (known locally as ‘quash’) making a raid; I got this short video of the last one dashing back into the jungle.