One of the key factors in establishing PDXSeafood, our sustainable seafood program, is the declining status of the worlds overfished oceans. I recently came across an article that was informative and worth a read. Click on the link below to access the article.
Both Meghan and I were approached by a few kids from the local high school and asked if we could come and lecture for a few hours on what we do in China.
It was quite a treat to learn about the lives of the students and how they all seem to think that biologist don’t make any money. Very true. After telling them about our research we asked them what they wanted to do after high school. The majority said that they wanted to be doctors, but a few simply wanted to be able to travel the world.
We also learned that it costs them about 3000RMB per year to attend school as a junior and senior. With the average monthly income of about 2000RMB per month, their parents are spending a significant amount of their overall income on a single child’s schooling. I can’t imagine having two or three in school at the same time.
The rest of the day was spent answering questions about life in America and how much certain items cost, such as computers, iphones, rent and cars. We brought a few english magazines and three dozen snickers bars, of which they engulfed as soon as we left the room. It was very nice for them to invite us to speak about our lives as international researchers and we plan to give one more lecture before leaving.
I thought it might be nice to share a few photos of the Avian variety taken on a trip to the wonderful SW United States. I will leave off the species so that everyone can have a chance to try and identify them on their own.
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be a part of the PDXWildlife team (Thank You to Meg for the very nice introduction & write-up!) and I am so excited to be writing my very first blog post! I have just recently returned from Indonesia and have much to share with you all! I would have loved to have been blogging along the way, but my phone would not cooperate and I had limited internet access, so time to catch up! For those of you who do not know me, I am a primatologist and study Javan gibbons, specifically with regards to rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction. This trip marked my fourth time visiting Indonesia and I have fallen even more in love with the country. The people are amazing; always so warm and welcoming. It is a country rich in biological diversity, cultural diversity, and the food is simply delicious (especially for us vegetarians)!! I have had so many fantastic adventures in my travels throughout Indonesia and I wish I could share them all with you, but I will just have to start with this most recent trip
I spent the first part of my trip at the Javan Primate Conservation Project (The Aspinall Foundation – Indonesia) and let me tell you, that place is Amazing! Made Wedana, who is the director, and his team are doing a fabulous job managing the center. JPCP is nestled in a small valley at the base of Patuha Mountain in Bandung, Indonesia. It is beautiful! The center is home to 12 Javan gibbons, two Javan langurs, and one grizzled leaf monkey-all of which were rescued from the illegal pet-trade. The enclosures are fantastic and all of the primates are given natural foliage & forest fruit daily for enrichment. The keepers really do a great job of making sure the primates are very well taken care of. Speaking of the keepers, who are all super fun and nice guys, they put me to work! They had me preparing food for the gibbons and feeding them, cleaning enclosures and climbing up in the enclosures for repairs, doing behavioral observations, as well as accompanying them to the forest for collection of natural foliage & fruit. We also did some sight-seeing along the way, which was awesome! Don’t worry, pictures will be up soon! I am also very happy to report that Made would welcome an intern to come and do a research project at JPCP, so stay tuned for details regarding that! I had such a wonderful time there and wished I could have stayed longer, but I was also really excited for the next part of my adventure: East Kalimantan in search of wild orangutans!
To be continued…