April Update for Wetland-Waterbird Project

April 2021,

We had two exciting field sessions this month. It couldn’t be more, unfortunately, since we are still trying to get permission for two other sites.

Meanwhile, both Bassey and I had the interesting experience (first scary, then funny when you realize you are not being swallowed by a living thing) of falling knee/thigh-deep into mud while trying to collect water/sediment samples. For one thing, we have learned to be more careful. We have also learned that if you get stuck in soft mud, just pull yourself out one foot at a time. The second lesson was thanks to our self-appointed (our site is apparently on his Father’s land), but super-helpful field-guide, Olumide.

We also witnessed a waterbird fall victim to artisanal fishery by-catch (i.e. when traps set for fish, catch, and possibly kill other animals). It was sad, but it has imprinted that issue on our minds, and we will be thinking about solutions.

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