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To Save the Serengeti Introduction

November 29, 2010 1 comment

In June of 2010, news that Tanzania (TZ) was planning the construction of a 50 km (30 mile) road through the Serengeti National Park (Senapa) was a contradiction to their recognition as a top international conservation authority by many organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, IUCN, and UNESCO. As I’ve been following this story’s development I’ve been learning of the positive and negative aspects of this road’s construction plus weighing each side. So I’ve decided to dissect the issues being addressed into five parts:

I. Benefits of the Senapa road

II. Costs of the Senapa road

III. Senapa alternatives

IV. Questions/Concerns

V. Why do I care?

By taking more than a courtesy look at the Senapa construction, I hope to present a case which reveals how the read would be harmful to the Serengeti ecosystem and citizen livelihoods in a reasonable manner without claiming gloom and doom; only potentially irreversible damage. =)

It helps to know that the word Serengeti is devolved from the Maasai word Siringet which means a vast land that runs forever or (my preferred description) “endless plains where the land meets the sky(UNC)” It is one of the largest national parks in Tanzania and the oldest (Official TZ Parks). Furthermore, TZ is home to the big 5: the lion, elephant, rhino, water buffalo and leopard. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest accomapanied by eland, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and a host of predators engage in the greatest terrestrial migration able to be witnessed. The Senapa was recognized as a world heritage site as well by UNESCO for its unique cultural values.

Surrounding the Senapa are several communities which is the reason the proposed road has surfaced to connect these estranged communities to larger ones via the 2004 promise campaign promise by President Jakaya Kikwete and construction is designed to begin in 2010. With these facts in mind stay tuned for the benefits of the Serengeti National Park road construction.

 

->Benefits of the Senapa Road

Trails of Zest 10-28-2010

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve been outside and taken the time to think. Not that I haven’t been outside. It’s just that I’ve not participated in creative and constructive thinking as of late.

It feels more like fall now compared to earlier this month though I’m not an extreme fan of the cooler weather. [The] 70’s are my optimum temperature. I have a lot on my plate lately which seems strange considering that I don’t have a job. I am tasked with the need to find a job and figure out how to pay bills without one. So I freelance in my free time and complete surveys [though these don’t bring me close to the amount needed per month]. My greatest problem however is motivation. I’ve realized that being determined and motivated do not fit together nicely [as many would like to think]. I say this because I’m determined to do something with my time and I do accomplish some things but often I don’t feel motivated. [As if the weight of rejection from another potential job is beginning to take its toll on me mentally]. I feel [at times] that it’s all a waste of time….Understand that this realization comes to me as I sit on the earth of GA looking across to SC. I’m surprised that I feel this way and I do not believe I ever would have realized it sitting in my white walled prison trying to motivate myself.

That’s why it is important to have people around who can motivate you; people who understand your dream and goals and simply will not say “do something else; it’s all money”. I hate that truth for the lie that it is to me. It’s true because the result of the work [performed at the job] is money. However it is a lie because it places me in a job that I will never love [or respect]. I believe if money is the sole reason why you’re pursuing a job or career then you’re a damned fool. [I don’t have other obligations such as kids to be concerned with so the pressure of accepting a job outside of my career is not high].

I’ve known ever since I was in fourth grade that my career path salary was not high on the totem pole yet that never swayed me. I want to love what I do and do what I love….I’ve started rambling I see. A thousand apologies. My pen got carried away…

Before I forget self-motivation is possible though it can only take us so far. It is a necessary strength, however. Perhaps though I shouldn’t call it self-motivation because God motivates me [and reminds me] He’s the reason for my continued sanity [and continued drive to want to succeed]. As I cease writing this I question why I ever felt discouraged in the first place. I realize I just needed to be reminded of a few things. =)

Alaska Universities and Colleges with Wildlife Programs

October 18, 2010 2 comments

Hey there. I’ve just completed all of the Alaska Universities and Colleges which have environmentally based programs. There aren’t many schools but the programs undoubtedly are among the best in the nation especially for marine based studies. It is that time of year again where students should be searching for and applying to colleges. So if you’re interested in careers in the outdoors keep following along with this blog as I post each state up. Hopefully I can get to more states quickly however the process is time consuming. This is especially so because I want to do my best to make sure that I’ve included every updated major and contact information.

I’ve also created the abbreviation list for the degree programs. I’ll be sure to update it as I meander through the states and record their degree information.  So if you’re interested in forestry, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries or any of the other related sciences don’t hesitate to check out the states here,  and for Alabama. I actually have Arizona and Arkansas as well but it was completed back in April or so. I plan to update it but if you don’t want to wait till then check it out here as well.

So if you’re a high school student and you’re wondering “What should I major in?” or “What are some outdoor majors?” take a peek. You’ll learn something.

Trail of Zest

October 7, 2010 1 comment

**Originally penned on October 6, 2010 while walking the Augusta Canal Heritage Trail

It does not seem that I’ve upset the Cardinals too much by sitting at this picnic table. Moments before I waltzed over they were fluttering about. Now I just hear them calling at intervals above me. I’ve paused a moment to write because I find that my best thinking is not conducted in the bathroom/john/loo but outside on a trail, walking. Granted that I’m not walking now serves to contradict my earlier statement. However, my valid excuse is that my hand writing is horrible enough when I’m sitting; I’d be a fool to attempt the task while standing!

Today I’ve come to walk the trail paralleling the Augusta Canal. With the completion of my outdoor based job last Thursday, I find that I am experiencing an outdoor deficiency. Also to mention, the white walls of my apartment make me feel that I am in an asylum or prison.

So I sit here in the freedom of the outdoors pen in hand with a myriad of sounds surrounding me [from] water flowing over rocks, geese bantering, crickets chirping, leaves falling and someone striking rock against rock in an effort to make [one of the] piece[s] smaller.

I cannot criticize him for what he’s doing. I’m still shocked to see him out here: young and of Latin descent. Both of which are minorities.

I thought about that (minorities and the outdoors) even before this [very] moment today which undoubtedly adds to my continued shock. I wonder how many minorities are in Natural Resources. How many old or young, male or female, Latin, Asian, or Black [all] born here in America (another topic, another day).

I know the number is small indeed but often I feel like the only minority. I don’t know where else to go to connect with a group of diverse professionals (established or entry-level) without spending money for memberships or finding that a site is hardly used or updated even. on some levels it’s disheartening [but] on others it’s encouraging.

Encouraging like the email I received for a job interview in Louisiana. Encouraging like the career dreams that I hope can contribute, if even a little, to the enhancement of the life of people and wildlife. Simply encouraging.

So I’m thankful today that I was able to come to this trail; thankful for the thoughts transcribed and [those] still embedded in my mind. It is truly wonderful.

Wildlife Word of the Day 10-3-2010

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

The first wildlife word ever for this blog will be presented today. The reason why I chose this word was so that I can use it as the foundation for all the terms that will come after. I don’t know a lot about this word outside of its definition however that’s the point of choosing it as the foundation: to learn more by correcting any misunderstandings and reinforcing established knowledge.

Ready?

Ecosystem Management. This term reflects my current philosophy about wildlife management. I don’t believe this approach should be universal but in an increasingly fragmented world understanding how to manage entire ecosystems  for multiple species – many which are endangered – is imperative.

The only material that I have within my grasp which defines ecosystem management is the Wildlife Society’s text “Techniques for Wildlife Investigations and Management”.

Ecosystem Management is a concept for conservation of forest wildlife because it is concerned with more than a single species and addresses a range of spatial scales from the individual forest stands to landscapes. It views a forest as an interactive systems of plants, animals, soil, water and climate. Ecosystem management applied to forests also includes consideration of values such as safeguarding its biodiversity and ecological sustainability.”

By far, I am a big picture type of person. I don’t want to know just a portion of a story; I have to have everything. Ecosystem management helps me take on that big picture. With nature it is not just wildlife, insects, vegetation or soils that professionals interact with. Our biggest subject are people who affect management from the North to the South Pole (Ice + Climate change = Problems for Emperor Penguins).

It is because of the human factor that I have a high interest in human dimensions of wildlife management. Conflict with wildlife is inevitable but our realization that eradicating wildlife to further our own existence is a crazed ideal at best. The ramifications would be far too disastrous.

So with every new word I intend to define the word and explain its importance to ecosystem management. I intend to use texts that I own and the internet as much as possible to find new revelations of this term. I hope that you enjoy this journey with me as much as I will. Feel free to recommend readings; I enjoy a good read.

New addition to the blog….

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment

So there is a new piece I’m working on to not only learn and comprehend concepts within the field of wildlife but also to prep for the GRE. The Wild word of the day will consist of 2 parts. The first part will be common jargon used among career professionals studying wildlife -I may sometimes branch into forestry, fisheries and natural resources. The second part will be a GRE word that I’m studying for that day. Perhaps if I choose a good GRE word I can relate the two parts….we’ll see.

The reason why I’m doing this is to learn in both areas. In the case of wildlife some of it will be revisiting information from my baccalaureate days; I think it’s great to remember the roots of what you’ve learned. I cannot possibly include GRE math here but know that I may mention it some…just because. I won’t post a new word every day simply because sometimes time does not allow me to.

I apologize for not having the next 4 states with environmental studies ready for you. I revisited it last night but Humboldt State University’s plethora of programs through me for a loop for about 2 hours. My aim is to try to make it as easy as possible to navigate to the different schools and their programs. I’ll continue to work diligently at this as it also gives me the opportunity to contact professors once again to see if any opportunities have opened up in the human dimensions of wildlife field.

I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I will. Learning is great and I expect to spend the rest of my life doing so.

EDIT: I forgot to add that another reason why I haven’t gotten to the university based blog post is because I’m going through all the previous states as well to ensure that links are still active and the contact information is still up to date. It’s tedious but at the same time it’s fun…in its own little way. =)

allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Serengeti Highway to Go Ahead – President

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a shame.  So much so that I am speechless.

allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Serengeti Highway to Go Ahead – President.