We arrived in Rwanda on Saturday and reached KCCEM in time to unpack and eat before bed. Good news, all our equipment arrived safely with only a few glass jars broken.
Today has been a long day working with KCCEM diploma students. A four hour walk around Kamiranzovu Swamp to identify orchids and other rare and endemic flora followed by an afternoon and evening making growing media and sterile water for a lab day tomorrow.
We had a thunderstorm last night so the electricity has been off until now. More posts tomorrow when Internet available.
Listen out for a feature about the orchid project on the Breakfast Show on Radio BBC Somerset next Monday 16th Feb. According to the producer Josh, Emily and the orchid project is due to run on Monday’s breakfast show at 653 and 852 at the moment. Times may change but it will be available on I player later.
Heavy snow is making the news in Canada. Fortunately the Canadians know how to keep things running even if delayed to allow for runway clearing and plane de-icing.
Here are some opportunities: Cameron teaches in an Inuit community in Northern Canada – are there opportunities for plant science in the Arctic? Dan runs remote science labs out of Colorado – could we create a robotic remote DNA or Orchid lab in the studio school? Comments welcome.
P.s. Toronto is really snowy as you can see from the hotel photo.
Many thanks today to Dave and Lois for breakfast, lunch and a drive out to Elk Island National Park to see a bit of real northern prairies landscape. Stunningly beautiful in the snow and amazing wildlife including Bison (in the photo though they looked much bigger and closer in real life) a Coyote and lots of Beavers as long as you count the ones hidden away in their lodges. Two days is definitely not long enough in Edmonton but Toronto awaits. Thanks again to my fantastic hosts Doug, Lois and Dave and farewell to all my new friends in Alberta.