— 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.  Evidently, we had been fairly excited to get began as we had all heard so many thrilling tales of the method and had been wanting ahead to collaborating on this superb alternative.

It’s possible you’ll be questioning, what’s chicken ringing? And is it protected for the birds? 

Chook ringing is among the oldest and most necessary 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 maintaining monitor of the actions of the chicken and its life historical past. Throughout the seize, the chicken’s measurements are taken and different biometric information are gathered. The next recapture or restoration of the chicken can present info on migration, longevity, mortality, inhabitants, territoriality, feeding conduct, and different points which might be studied by ornithologists.

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