My Howick and Mpumalanga Experience

Our Biododiversity Management Plan Workshop was held in Howick at a time in July when it was freezing cold and we awoke a few mornings to catch the beauty of the snow capped mountains surrounding our venue. After the workshop I was fortunate enough to travel with Jim Harris the Vice President of the International Crane Foundation, Kerryn Morrison the Manager of the African Crane Conservation Programme and Ursula Franke the Senior Field Officer of the Highveld Crane Conservation Project. We traveled through to Chrissiesmeer where I got to see the beautiful Lake Chrissies and several lakes and pans that surround the area. I was also fortunate to see a small flock of Grey Crowned Cranes as well as a pair of Wattled Cranes with a chick. We then drove on to Dullstroom where I managed to photograph a magnificent sunset and a Cabbage Tree against the backdrop of the open sky. The trip gave me insight as to what Ursula contributes to conservation of our wetlands and three crane species on a daily basis. I especially enjoyed the interaction with Jim Harris and the rest of the team – may we travel again together in the near future

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