— 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 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 taking part on this superb alternative.

You could be questioning, what’s chicken ringing? And is it protected for the birds? 

Chicken ringing is among the oldest and most essential methods used for finding out and figuring out particular person birds. The knowledge gathered permits for the event of efficient chicken science, administration, and conservation. It additionally permits for holding observe of the actions of the chicken and its life historical past. Throughout the seize, the chicken’s measurements are taken and different biometric knowledge are gathered. The following recapture or restoration of the chicken can present data on migration, longevity, mortality, inhabitants, territoriality, feeding conduct, and different elements which are studied by ornithologists.

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