What happens in Africa, does not stay in Africa. Millions of birds breeding in the northern hemisphere migrate to Africa to spend the non-breeding phase of their life. The decline in the populations of many of these migratory birds have been linked to weather and land-use practices in Africa.
Is bird conservation and economic development mutually exclusive? Not necessarily. There is evidence that what is good for the birds is also good for humans. One of the most commonly utilized tree by migrant passerines in Africa is the Ana tree (Faidherbia albida). The Ana tree also happens to be a very valuable economic tree. Its pods and foliage are used for livestock fodder, it supports bees, it is used as medicine and fertilizer, it controls erosion, and it helps with nitrogen fixation. Sorghum grown under the Ana tree produce higher yield than those that grow away from the tree.
Our sincere thanks to Professor Franz Bairlein, the Director of the institute for avian studies in Germany, for an enlightening and interesting Leventis lecture.
Please follow this link for information about applying for the Masters Course in Conservation Biology at APLORI starting in March 2018.
We are glad to announce the 7th Annual A. P Leventis lecture scheduled for November 15, 2017at the University of Jos, Multipurpose Auditorium, Main Campus by 11.00am; under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako ( B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D, FCA), Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.
The lecture will be presented by Prof. Franz Bairlein, Director of Institut fΰr Vogelforschung (Institute of Avian Research), Germany. He will be speaking on the topic” Fascinating Wanderers: Birds of two Continents”.
Prof. Franz Bairlein is Professor of Zoology with research interest in Ecology and physiology of migration with special emphasis on migration strategies, avian nutritional ecology with special emphasis on the internal and external control mechanisms of migratory fattening.
Please be there!!!
My project aims at understanding how variation in life history traits and immune function of birds arise due to variation in environmental conditions in space and time. Research questions cover aspects of the breeding ecology, diet and immune function of Common Bulbuls. I utilize field observations over spatio-temporal scales around Nigeria, captive diet experiments in outdoor aviaries at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute and immune/microbial assays to test whether timing of annual cycle stages such as breeding and moult and baseline innate immunity respectively, vary in a manner that suggest adaptation to variation in rainfall, food availability, diet or pathogen pressure over aridity gradients in space and time.
Professor Les Underhill is the Director of the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town South Africa. He visited Aplori in the second week of November 2014.
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Follow Les’s examples of “snapping and mapping”