ABC/BOC/NHM April 2013: Duncan Macdonald on Africa and the African Bird Club

London 2013

Talking Naturally was invited to record a series of short interviews at a joint meeting of the African Bird Club, the British Ornithologists’ Club and the Natural History Museum in London on April 6th 2013.

On a packed but enjoyable day, which included the African Bird Club’s AGM, six guest speakers talked on a range of subjects that encompassed topics from travelling to largely unvisited parts of Africa, an update on the status of the Liben Lark, a report from Libya on the isolated race of Lesser Crested Tern, an insight into work being done to recreate the lost avifuana of the Mascarenes, and a genetic study that promises to overturn the current phylogeny of Africa’s White-eyes (Zosteropidae).

In this final discussion Duncan McDonald, who, with his partner Pieter Wessels, is the African-born owner of Wildsounds, talks about the African Bird Club (which he co-founded), his love of Africa, and WildSounds’ role as a BirdLife Species Champion for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. We spoke shortly after Duncan had presented a cheque for £400.00 to ABC’s conservation fund.

 

For a list of the eight interviews recorded at this meeting click here

 

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