Just wanted to let everyone know that the BiFengXia panda base and our intern Stephanie were both unhurt in the earthquake in Lushan, China (very close to Ya’An). Here’s Stephanie’s blog reporting the entire experience:
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It’s been a week since I’ve arrived in China and I already feel as though it has been the experience of a lifetime. I arrived in Ya’An on the 20th of March feeling extremely jet-lagged from the almost 3 day trip but within a couple of days was right on track and feeling much better. If I wrote in detail about all of my experiences this week, this blog post would be extremely long so I will try to keep it short.
My first week at the panda base was really hectic as Meg tried to introduce me to everyone while juggling data collection and explaining the usual routine. However, I feel as though everything went well and I’ve already learned so much that I feel like I’m definitely going to leave China with a wealth of knowledge about giant pandas and a profound understanding of the role breeding programs play in conservation. Just as I began to feel comfortable with everything, it was time to say bye to Meg, Nate, and Dee (their daughter) who went back home.
The panda base was very busy and this week alone I’ve met people from all over the world who came to visit the pandas. Some of them can tell the pandas apart just by looking at them – and I’m getting there! I’ll probably be able to distinguish the pandas from one another just in time for me to fly back to Canada! Here are some pictures that I’ve taken of the pandas:
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.