Arabia: Making citizen scientists

Update from our wildlife conservation volunteering holiday in Dubai (UAE) working on oryx, wildcat and desert species

The rain has stopped and the desert is doing what it’s meant to be doing: Looking gorgeous and peaceful in the sunshine.

We spent Saturday and Sunday cramming new information into the Arabia expedition team’s brains, making citizen scientists and expeditioners out of travellers. How to live in the desert, how to record data on a datasheet, find a fox den, navigate, drive in the sand, use a GPS, set up a camera trap. You name it. And today our ducklings took flight. As I write this, they are out in the field, recording data, looking for lappet-faces vultures, oryx, gazelle, red foxes and many other species and the signs they leave behind when they pass.

By 17:00 they should all have found their own way back to expedition HQ. If not, we will go out and find them in the desert, probably.

Days 1-3

Update from our Arabia expedition in Dubai, UAE working as an oryx volunteer in the desert of the UAE

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