In May and June of 2007, 13 undergraduate students from Northern Michigan University are taking a field course in Zambia. Most of the students are majors in the Biology department, and all of them will be doing short field studies of their own design while on the ground in Zambia. The group will be making a stop in London on the way, spending four days seeing Zambia/Africa-related British sites (Burton's tomb, Livingstone's artefacts at the Royal Geographic Society, the British Museum of Natural History, etc.) and adjusting to the time change. The course is being led by me, Dr. Alec Lindsay, a professor in the Department of Biology at NMU, and Dr. Jackie Bird - a parasitologist in our department. We have made this blog so students can hopefully post notes thoughts, pictures and discoveries to the world. This should allow classmates, teachers, family and friends to share in their insights and keep track of their travels. Not only that, but viewers of the blog can add comments to posts - please do! We would love to hear your thoughts. Zikomo!

02 June 2007

Bwino Bwanji!

Bwanji all!
Well, finally getting internet service we can post on the blog again.
The past week has been amazing; especially the time in South Luangwa thus far. Last night, on a safari, we saw a leopard, tons of game, and were caught in the middle of two male lions in a roaring match. It was pretty amazing.
Jessica and I are also finding tons of cool insects. Giant crickets (supposedly the biggest in the world), giant assassin bugs (with a bite that lasts for days according to the text), and tons of beautiful smaller insects. The coolest things are the giant versions of insects we're familiar with.
Flatdogs (the camp at South Luangwa) is a great place. There's hippos and elephants in our camp every night, and we can watch them cross the river from the National Park at dusk.
I realize this doesn't sound too amazing, seeing as we've been in Africa for 2 weeks now, but it's just a tidbit to start your imaginations. There will be plenty of stories when we get back home. Until then, I'll have to say Zikomo!


nicole said...

I think "amazing" is just the right word, seeing as the most wildlife I've seen in two weeks has been a deer and a dead skunk...

Anonymous said...

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