Observations from Rwanda: December 6, 2020

Sunrise over Lake Kilimbi. September 11, 2020. From one of my last bike rides around the lake before entering the fenced-in bubble around the central campus of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA). Students and staff of RICA have been restricted to campus for the duration of the 11 week term. Entry into the bubble required a week long quarantine period, with negative COVID tests entering and leaving quarantine. This approach has allowed RICA to continue an experiential approach to education, with minimal concern about COVID transmission on campus.
African Harrier Hawk. October 17, 2020. Note from bird guide: ” Raids on weaver nests and extracts nestlings with special adapted, very long flexible legs” (Collins Field Guide, Birds of Eastern Africa).
White-browed Coucal. November 1, 2020.
RICA students learning to collect soil samples. October 30, 2020.
Newborn calf and mom on one of the RICA First Year Farms. October 17, 2020.
Long-crested Eagle next to our house on the RICA campus. November 22, 2020.
African Pygmy Kingfisher, resting in front of our house during a rainstorm. Approximately 8 cm long (3.5 in). November 6, 2020.
RICA students loading manure and bedding from the dairy milking barn to transport to the compost site. October 23, 2020.
African Fish Eagles vocalizing in a tree on the RICA bank of Lake Kilimbi, with village across Lake Kilimbi in the background. October 11, 2020.
Moth on our patio the morning of November 14, 2020.
Teresa preparing to serve brunch for RICA staff. November 21, 2020. Note our ‘bubble’ fence in background. We have not left RICA for 2.5 months to maintain a COVID-free bubble on campus.
Young African Grey Hornbill in tree next to our house. November 19, 2020.
Dragonfly on the road to the RICA beach. November 22, 2020. Body is approximately 3 cm long.
Woodland Kingfisher, resting in a tree next to our house after eating its fill of termites found on our patio after a storm. October 20, 2020.

4 thoughts on “Observations from Rwanda: December 6, 2020”

  1. Beautiful! Just Beautiful! Put me on the list for the coffee table book when you make a collection…or the bird book…or the animal book….☺️ Linda


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