— Written and photographed by Terry Opalka.
The 2022 Wild Tomorrow Fund Conservation Pictures volunteers had an early morning begin at 6:45am to fulfill for the primary time with Kevin Jolliffe, Wild Tomorrow Fund’s Reserve Supervisor, on the Ukuwela Nature Reserve. It was our first full day on the bottom in South Africa with Wild Tomorrow Fund, and our first conservation volunteer exercise was to assist with chicken ringing. For sure, we have been fairly excited to get began as we had all heard so many thrilling tales of the method and have been wanting ahead to collaborating on this wonderful alternative.
You could be questioning, what’s chicken ringing? And is it secure for the birds?
Hen ringing is without doubt one of the oldest and most essential strategies used for finding out and figuring out particular person birds. The data gathered permits for the event of efficient chicken science, administration, and conservation. It additionally permits for retaining observe of the actions of the chicken and its life historical past. Through the seize, the chicken’s measurements are taken and different biometric information are gathered. The following recapture or restoration of the chicken can present data on migration, longevity, mortality, inhabitants, territoriality, feeding conduct, and different features which might be studied by ornithologists.