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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March Update for Wetland-Waterbird project

March 2021,

Since most of our team members have done a lot of work in the Lagos area, we made a list of coastal wetlands we could possibly use for our survey. Then we chose four sites based on their accessibility by land, and visited all four sites for a preliminary survey, and to get permission to do our work.

We chose one site at Ilaje, Bariga, where we held a meeting with the Baale and the community chiefs, and we were given permission to use the area as part of our survey. We also chose the wetland in the University of Lagos compound. We wrote letters requesting access, which has been granted.

We have requested permission to use two other sites, abut we haven’t been granted permission yet, so we’ll see what April brings.