The wonderful yet under-resourced African Bird Club seems to be based, for predictable historical reasons, out of computers in the flat of England. When I lived in The Seychelles I paid to become a founder member, thirty years ago. It has, or perhaps we could say is, a good website. Most of all it has very helpful country pages including, of course, one devoted to Tanzania.
What else on the ABC website is useful to somebody who loves the birds in Africa, more especially someone who is visiting or, even better, living in Tanzania?
That’s a link to the Tanzania Bird Life partner. (WordPress seems unable to embed any media associated with the above URL and seemingly some of the following ones as well.) There not much in this website, to be brutally honest, except the predictable visual muzak of buzz words, the ubiquitous “donate” buttons and a few embedded historically and politically appropriate photographs. Presumably there’s not enough money coming in to maintain it. Little opportunity therefore for the wee screenies to “learn more”!
Let’s try another one, it might be better :
That’s a link to a virtual community, the Tanzania Birders’ Community (TBC) on “good old” FB (Met-averse!). Sadly it’s getting a bit out of date!
Aha! here’s a more useful and up to date link to a bunch of intelligent younger folk, most of whom are living in and around Arusha, who are really trying to make a difference. And of course to earn a little living for themselves and their families. The “only way forward?” In our crazy world.
That’s hats off to Attraction Birds Conservation, and my thanks to James Nasary, a point of contact and active member of the team.
Another really useful FB site is Birding Tanzania. So I’ll try to link to it here! once again I’m unable to embed media.
Here’s the latest post from Neil Baker who is of course a legend. Neil is the go-to person if you really want to learn in greater depth about the history of ornithology (bins) Tanzania.
Anyway, we’ve not had much food here today, it’s the war you know, so I’m exhausted after a couple of hours of dibble-dabble and ducking into the vaults of the etherscape. Consequently and in order to momentarily indulge my daily need for a little nostalgia, here are a few more (embedded) photos of my own, ripe with trite captions!
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That is very useful website James thanks for creating this