The Hot Birds team is pretty busy in the Kalahari

We are currently setting up several new projects in the Kalahari including:

  • Amanda Bourne (PhD candidate, University of Cape Town, SA) - has started her field season to explore how sociality can buffer the effects of climate change on fitness. She is working hard at Kuruman River Reserve for her first field season! We will keep posting on her progresses!
  • Margaux Rat (PostDoc, University of Cape Town, SA) has set up feeders near Askham for her newly recruited MSc student, Doreen Chaussadas (University of Strasbourg, FR), to investigate how elevated temperatures may impact local avian community. After less than 48 hours, 3/6 of the feeders were discovered and used by the birds, a promising start! Doreen will be starting her data collection in January! 
  • Ryan Olinger (MSc candidate, University of Cape Town, SA) has just arrived to Kuruman River Reserve to collect his data for his thesis entitled "How does temperature affect Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis, foraging effort, nestling food provisioning and growth rates?". More information on his project will be added soon so keep an eye on our blog and facebook page! 

Last but not least, the Hot Birds team would like to address its warmest thanks to our volunteer from Germany, Samantha Kirves, who assist us with many aspects of the Hot Birds Research over the past weeks, including digging deep holes in the Kalahari sand at the hottest time of the day, always with her smile on! Thank you Samantha! 

Naturally, 

The Hot Birds Team

Amanda Bourne weighing southern pied babblers as part of her project to understand how sociality mediates the relationship between climate and fitness

Amanda Bourne weighing southern pied babblers as part of her project to understand how sociality mediates the relationship between climate and fitness

Margaux Rat setting up feeders across her fieldsite for a MSc project exploring the impact of elevated temperatures on the network of the local avian community.

Margaux Rat setting up feeders across her fieldsite for a MSc project exploring the impact of elevated temperatures on the network of the local avian community.