|Uganda's national bird the grey-crowned crane.|
The latest episode of my "This Birding Life" podcast is now available for listening over at Podcast Central as well as in the iTunes Podcasts section. The episode is titled "Birding in Uganda Part 1" and the material covers the initial few days of my wonderful trip to this East African country last November.
Uganda conjures up many associations for people—both good and bad. The country is trying very diligently to overcome a past filled with upheaval, political and military violence, disease, and social persecution. Its rich natural resources (especially minerals and oil) have garnered immense attention from multinational corporations. This combined with the growth in Uganda's human population are just two factors that are putting increasing pressure on wildlife and wildlife conservation within the country. Uganda is one of the few places in Africa where mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are protected and can be observed readily by ecotourists.
The vast national parks in Uganda and the abundant wildlife that thrives in them, including elephants, giraffes, water buffalo, and all manner of antelope relatives and a variety of primates, all combine to make this land-locked nation a premier destination for wildlife watcher. Oh, and Uganda's bird list is nearly 1,100 species, so birding is a rapidly growing source of tourism revenue.
|Our trio, at the start of our trip, standing outside the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters. From R to L: Dominic Mitchell, Tim Appleton, BT3.|
|Attendees at the opening ceremonies for Uganda's Birding Week.|
|Uganda has done a lot to encourage young birders and female birders.|
Secondly, the roads in Uganda are a bit of a mixed bag—some fine and passable, others quite challenging. And finally, because we kept seeing birds and animals that made us shout for our driver to stop!
|Our rugged safari vehicles got us all across western and southern Uganda.|
|Hippos watching our boat as we crossed the Nile.|
|The musical group from the nearby village at Paraa Lodge.|
|Our Big Day guides were very talented birders and naturalists.|
I hope you enjoy "Birding in Uganda: Part 1" which is episode 51 of the "This Birding Life" podcast.
If you'd like to meet Herbert and some of his fellow Ugandan birders, please plan to come to the American Birding Expo, October 2 to 4, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Uganda is an Expo sponsor and will have representatives there to share more about birding and wildlife watching in their country.