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Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #63

Monals, white-eyes, sunbirds, shags, munias, drongos and weavers… A fantastic collection of wild bird photographs that sets the standard! All these photographers need to be commended for their commitment and skill. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph these amazing birds in the…

Iron Mountain: “Net Positive Impact” After Mine Closure (Part 2 of 2)

“Net Positive Impact” on biodiversity at closure in the Simandou Project would be a ground-breaking achievement and working example for the global mining industry. Mining and resource companies need to realise that continued increases in global production can only be accommodated through the development of innovative, new technologies that minimise social, environmental and biodiversity impacts…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #20

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #62

Screamers, rollers, flycatchers, cock-on-the-rock, white-eyes, bee-eaters and sunbirds. Sounds like kinds of people that enjoy roller-coasters?! We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph birds in the wild. Everywhere we go birds are the color and song that you remember. It seems the more…

Into The Okavango: Unique View Into 2013 Okavango Expedition

In September 2013, we embarked on our most challenging crossing of the Okavango Delta… The research data set we achieved over 15 days and 338km using a bespoke Android App was the most comprehensive ever and was shared in real-time via an open API and up-to-date satellite image. This 10-minute video documents an impossible expedition across dry,…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #61

When last did you share a wild bird photograph? Frogmouths, skimmers, lovebirds, toucanets, monarchs and jacobins… A not-to-miss collection of wild bird photographs! The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available…

Iron Mountain: The New “Scramble For Africa”? (Part 1 of 2)

One of the world’s largest untapped iron ore reserves, a mountain of iron, is at stake in a remote part of south-eastern Guinea. Late last year, Rio Tinto’s CEO, Sam Walsh, announced an imminent agreement with Guinea’s government to secure the southern part of the $20 billion Simandou Iron Ore Project by early 2014. Chinese giant Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco) had just submitted…

RioT into Simandou: World’s Richest Poor Country!? (Part 2 of 2)

Guinea already has the world’s largest proven bauxite reserves with more than 12 billion tonnes and remains the top exporter of bauxite ore. This small West African country also has significant reserves of gold, diamonds, uranium and offshore oil. Add one of the world’s largest untapped iron ore reserve and Guinea should be set for…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #60

Birds-of-paradise, skimmers, sunbirds, bee-eaters and kingfishers… The “Wild Bird Revolution” is a social movement that celebrates the amazing beauty and wonder of birds in the wild. Amazing lenses and high resolution cameras in our phones and tablets. New, cheaper, widely available DSLR cameras and “point-and-shoots” that get stunning results. Just 50 years ago digital photography had…

Rio Tinto Simandou: Exporting Iron Mountains (Part 1 of 2)

The Simandou Mountain Range in south-eastern Guinea has one of the world’s largest untapped iron ore deposit. This biodiversity hotspot is forecast to produce 95 million tonnes of iron ore for export annually, potentially doubling the GDP of the Republic of Guinea. Wow! Ninety-five million tonnes of high-grade iron ore has a volume of over 18 million…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #19

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #59

The Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, North America, South America, the poles and everywhere else… In the forests, oceans, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, rivers, mountains, coastlines and all places in between…  Those first birds that descended from dinosaurs were to pioneer vertebrate flight and conquer the abundant insect protein and…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 2)

“How do you describe this place to people that have never been into the central wilderness of the Okavango Delta? How do you share the overwhelming feeling of alertness and vitality brought on by the realisation that you are surrounded by animals that far more powerful than you are? Faster, stronger, more agile and, of…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 1)

We have now crossed the Okavango Delta on dug-out canoes or “mokoros” four times as part of the most in-depth study of the Okavango Delta’s abundant birdlife ever undertaken. This ground-breaking study by the Percy FitzPatrick Institute is establishing the data necessary to use 71 wetland bird species as indicators of significant change in the hydrology,…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #58

Tits, “Jacobins”, king-fishers, kites, skimmers, woodcreepers, oystercatchers, nightjars and flycatchers… Sounds like types of people or utensils used to eat wild foods. These amazing wild bird photographs, the first of 2014, are world-class and represent everything the Wild Bird Trust seeks to protect for future generations – the freedom, beauty and security of birds in…