The next adventure begins. New York City – intoxicating, exhilarating – somehow doesn’t inspire me to peregrinate. It has become home, and so the days fill up and slip by. But I am about to head to Kenya for a two-month trip. The primary reason is to teach an environmental journalism class to a St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) summer program. I’ll be co-teaching with Munir Virani, a raptor biologist with the Peregrine Fund and Teeku Patel, a wildlife photographer, both of whom are based in Nairobi. Together, we are leading a Conservation Media course. The goal is to teach students how to tell conservation stories through science, words and images. We’ll be spending our time out in the field around Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara, counting African fish eagles and hippos, talking with local flower farmers, and learning about the conflict between predators and pastoralists.
Not one for short trips, I’ll stay on after the program is over, and loved ones from the States (my immediate family and a sweetheart) will join me for a safari into the Samburu and over to Lake Nakuru and back down into the Masai Mara. Unsure of the internet availability, I’ll try to return to these pages as I can. Hope you’ll join me.