Observations from Rwanda: March 28, 2021

A ferry operating on Lake Kilimbi transports people across the lake, around the campus of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA), to work in fields east of the campus. March 13, 2021.
A Rwandan cultural fixture is Umuganda: when communities work together the last Saturday every month in community service. This practice has been suspended due to COVID. However, with the RICA campus bubble environment protecting residents from significant risk of COVID, campus residents spent the morning of February 27 cleaning up the campus. This tool is a slasher, commonly used to trim grass and weeds.
RICA students found powered weedeaters to be a lot quicker than slashers and machetes in grounds maintenance. February 27, 2021.
A Pied Kingfisher reflected in the surface of Lake Kilimbi. February 28, 2021.
An Arrow-Marked Babbler on the RICA campus. Very similar to the Black-Lored Babbler shared last month. February 27, 2021.
RICA students have been spending time in tractor driving training this term. February 28, 2021.
RICA’s large student dormitory, which will house second and third year students, continues to progress. February 23, 2021.
Construction workers on RICA’s second and third year student dormitory. February 27, 2021.
Football matches are common on weekends, on the small field inside the campus bubble adjacent to First Year Farm orchards. A full size football pitch is under construction near the west end of RICA’s central campus. February 27, 2021.
Closeup of a Hamerkop. March 20, 2021.
The RICA Music Club held an evening of music and traditional dance in Rufunzo Hall. March 27, 2021.
Students in RICA’s traditional dance troup. March 27, 2021.
A Southern Red Bishop, a type of weaver, on the banks of Lake Kilimbi. March 13, 2021.
Not sure what this is. Perhaps an African Swallow-Tailed Kite, but Rwanda seems out of it’s normal range. March 28, 2021.
Common Sandpiper, on the shore of Lake Kilimbi. March 20, 2021.

2 thoughts on “Observations from Rwanda: March 28, 2021”

  1. I was a Hamerkop this month when we got almost 5 then 2+ inches of rain. It is sunny and 58 degrees here now and I feel like a Red Bishop! Looks like the campus is doing well. I would have loved to see the music and dance production. Thanks so much for the pictures!


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