Between February 24 and March 5, 2018, I joined members of the African Crane Conservation Program in Uganda and Rwanda for a nine-day retreat focusing on team building activities, conservation planning and visioning for our East Africa programs, and learning new crane and ecosystem monitoring skills. The African Crane Conservation Program is a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust, based in South Africa, and the International Crane Foundation.
Conservation Planning and Visioning
I joined the team to help teach them some of the concepts behind the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and to help them begin practicing evidence-based conservation and adaptive management. I led roughly half of the workshop, with the other half devoted to learning new monitoring approaches and tools and exploring key arising issues.
Crane and Ecosystem Monitoring Training
Tanya, Thabo and Claire lead two separate field days and trainings related to crane monitoring and ecosystem monitoring.
On our first field day, the team learned a number of new crane population monitoring approaches, namely fixed route survey techniques and crane breeding success monitoring. They also learned how to use Survey123, a fantastic new tool that the International Crane Foundation and Endangered Wildlife Trust are adopting to collect loads of different data from the field.
On our second field day, the team learned a number of new monitoring approaches and tools for evaluating the status and health of wetlands. In the field, we tested fixed point photography, water turbidity tubes and soak pits.
Story submitted by Erica Cochrane, Conservation Measures Manager for the International Crane Foundation. Click here to learn more about our work in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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