— Written and photographed by Terry Opalka.
The 2022 Wild Tomorrow Fund Conservation Images volunteers had an early morning begin at 6:45am to fulfill for the primary time with Kevin Jolliffe, Wild Tomorrow Fund’s Reserve Supervisor, on the Ukuwela Nature Reserve. It was our first full day on the bottom in South Africa with Wild Tomorrow Fund, and our first conservation volunteer exercise was to assist with fowl ringing. For sure, we had been fairly excited to get began as we had all heard so many thrilling tales of the method and had been trying ahead to taking part on this wonderful alternative.
You might be questioning, what’s fowl ringing? And is it protected for the birds?
Hen ringing is likely one of the oldest and most essential methods used for learning and figuring out particular person birds. The knowledge gathered permits for the event of efficient fowl science, administration, and conservation. It additionally permits for retaining observe of the actions of the fowl and its life historical past. In the course of the seize, the fowl’s measurements are taken and different biometric information are gathered. The following recapture or restoration of the fowl can present data on migration, longevity, mortality, inhabitants, territoriality, feeding habits, and different elements which are studied by ornithologists.