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BarbaraKaye

 
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  • 30 years old
  • From Vancouver, Canada
  • Currently in Vancouver, Canada

Preparing to head to South Africa

I have been given my volunteer assignment! I am thrilled to announce that I will be involved in environmental management at the Masebe Nature Reserve in Marken located within the Limpopo province of South Africa.

My Volunteer Assignment!

Canada Vancouver, Canada  |  Jul 06, 2012
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 The concept of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves is to create areas that seek to "reconcile conservation of biological and cultural diversity and economic and social development through partnerships between people and nature." 

I have been placed at Masebe Nature Reserve. My time there will be spent collecting data necessary for research on biodiversity in the area.

Masebe Nature Reserve is one of the flagship initiatives established by the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere. The concept of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves is to create areas that seek to "reconcile conservation of biological and cultural diversity and economic and social development through partnerships between people and nature." Masebe is co-managed by the provincial authority and the local Telekishi community.The Reserve is home to leopard, brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudo, sable, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, as well as many other species of antelope. Although the habitat is relatively unspoiled, many animals have been hunted out of the region and the ecological integrity of the area has been threatened by habitat encroachment from agricultural intensification. As a volunteer at the Reserve, I will complete a two day Bush Craft Training course that will give me the foundations I need in field identification, animal behaviour, tracking and survey methods. Mornings at the Reserve will generally be spent carrying out bird counts and herbivore transect drives. Afternoons will mostly be filled with detailed habitat assessments. The work carried out is intended to give an insight into the effects that many different environmental and management variables (e.g. habitat types, fire management regimes, soil types) have on bird diversity, which is a recognized indicator of overall biodiversity.   Volunteers will spend approximately 2/3 of their time in the field and 1/3 of their time in camp learning about African conservation management and the ecosystems.  A normal working day will be 8-9 hours of both field and camp based work.

I am so excited to be involved in this project and can't wait for the challenges and adventures that are sure to come of it.

Now it is time to pack....

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