Elephant foraging in burn sites

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For the last two days students have been quantifying whether elephants forage on trees more in burned sites than in unburned sites.  Two students’ blogs are included here from Monday and Tuesday. Monday – Hi, the Goshen College fraternity, my name is Erick Omollo, one of the Kenyan university students who got the opportunity to be … Keep reading »

Baboon Cliff, game drive, and Sunday siesta

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As I sit writing this, the light breeze blows the canvas tent where we eat all of our meals and cools the air, in spite of the equatorial sun. We are all sitting in the shade, enjoying our “calm before the storm,” or rather a few hours of free time before the week begins. Saturday … Keep reading »

Field work

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Our group woke up to another beautiful morning at the Mpala River Camp where birdcalls are numerous and constant. Sleeping in a tent and hearing these birds in the morning made it surprisingly easy for me to wake up by 6:30 this morning. We started our morning routine with a reflection from Hannah (one of … Keep reading »

Arrival and settling in….

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The 2013 Kenya course in Conservation and Research Methods in Savannas is underway!  All the students arrived safely in Nairobi on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  Will and Ali get the award for most determined travelers after weathering a 10 hour delay in Amsterdam.  They arrived Wed morning in time for a shower before joining us … Keep reading »

Orientation – Thursday June 6th

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013 Our first day at Mpala Research Center was a rich experience, every minute holding new excitement as we got to know each other and the place we will be calling home for the next few weeks. We woke up in our tents at the Ewaso River Camp to a morning full … Keep reading »