Thursday, January 29, 2015

Over 100 buffaloes back to the delta

The department of Veterinary Services and wildlife and National Parks drove back over 100 buffaloes back to the delta in an effort to control Foot and Mouth Disesase(FMD) and ensure that there are no new outbreak of FMD in Ngamiland. Dr Obakeng Kemolathe of the Department of Veterinary Services said in an interview that they suspect the animals which were FMD  virus carriers crossed the buffalo fence at areas where it had been destroyed by elephants.

He further said the buffaloes were located at Mawana fence line near Shorobe. He explained that the process of driving the animals out involves constructing a boma that was meant to direct animals across the fence into the delta.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


The deadline for submission of abstracts for Botswana Symposium on Wetlands and Wildlife is the 31st   January 2015.

The general objective of the Symposium is to provide an open forum for the exchange of views among natural resources professionals, academics and practitioners regarding the implication of research findings on management and conservation of natural resources.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

February is bird counting month

In as much as the month of February is known for the celebration of Valentine’s Day, some Batswana throughout the country have volunteered to count birds during the same month. It might not come as much of surprise, given that lovers are often referred to as lovebirds. “During the whole month of February, some Batswana throughout the country volunteer to count birds from a 2km route in their areas through the Bird Population Monitoring Programme (BPM) which is a citizen science initiative. Botswana has not been an exception in joining the developed countries as it is one of the only four countries in Africa involved in managing its natural resources through the use of the citizen science programme,” said Keddy Moleofi, BPM Project Coordinator with Birdlife Botswana. She said citizen science is termed as public participation of non-scientists in scientific research and is an important tool for monitoring and evaluating local and global environmental change. BirdLife Botswana has proved that indeed the use of citizen science enables large-scale data collection and availability, increase in scientific literary and monitor environmental quality. “For instance, the BPM Programme preliminary analysis shows that availability of robust bird data can positively influence and guide effective conservation management actions like knowledge of the threatened birds abundance in the park, control of the Red-billed Quelea population and alien invasive species population. For example, the Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea records show that this grain pest (so-called ‘Africa’s feathered locust’) is more frequently encountered in northern Botswana. Results demonstrate the value that the BPM can provide to agencies requiring spatio-temporal trends in birds of interest, in this instance for quelea control by the Ministry of Agriculture,” she explained. Read more at

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ORI Library Closed

ORI Library will be closed for the holidays on the 17 of December  and re-open on the 12 January 2015.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mr Thupe Senior Librarian Okavango Research Institute (ORI) branch of University of Botswana attended the unveiling of Mr Motsamai Mpho’s tombstone on Saturday 13th  December 2014, as a representative for ORI. Mr Mpho played a vital role in securing the piece of land in which ORI sits and was instrumental in the mapping up of the location.
In 2008, ORI Library awarded Mr Mpho,  Moabi wa Kitso award, which acknowledges Okavango community members who have made a significant contribution to the sharing of knowledge in their community. The award was created to recognize people who have consistently and over time gone beyond the requirements of their daily activities to include others in their learning process.
At the ceremony, ORI made an undertaking to assess  Mr Mpho’s library collection and possibly include it in the Library collection as a rare collection if Mpho’s family could consider giving ORI the collection.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Presentation by Dr Glen Wilson

Recruitment in floodplain fish assemblages: Alternative approaches and methodological dilemmas in Australia’s northern Murray-Darling Basin
Dr Glenn Wilson, Robb College, University of New England, Armidale, Australia
The Murray-Darling Basin in south-eastern Australia is Australia’s main food bowl, yet has a very low level of water run-off and highly variable flow regimes in its rivers.  The two halves of the basin (southern, northern) have very different conditions, requiring different data for ecological management.  In the north, flows peak in the summer months, and irrigation development commenced much later than in the south.  Many of the northern catchments have a large wetland system at their downstream end, and it is these ‘terminal wetland’; systems that I have been studying in order to support the delivery of appropriate environmental water regimes.  My particular interest in fish!
Since the early 2000s, I have been working ion two main terminal wetland systems and attempting to understand how fish recruitment in particular varies with differing flow conditions.  I have used three main research approaches: (1) modeling ecological relationships with discharge variability from longer-term data, (2) analyzing ecological responses to specific flood events, and (3) examining population-level phenomena using biological (age) data.
I remain very interested in collaborating with southern African researchers on similar projects locally, whether in Botswana or other, neighbouring countries.

Friday, November 28, 2014

ORI Seminars

You are invited to a seminar presentation by visit researchers; Dr Heather Mcginness and Dr Glen Wilson on Monday 01 Dec 2014 at 10am in the Seminar Room.
Presentation titles:
1. Dr Heather Mcginness, Research Scientist in the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Canberra
“Floodplain river ecology and management in Australia: Variability, complexity, and change” (about 20 mins)
2. Dr Glenn Wilson, Senior Research Fellow in fish ecology, and Head of Robb College, University of New England, Armidale
“Recruitment in floodplain fish assemblages: Alternative approaches and methodological dilemmas in Australia’s northern Murray-Darling Basin” (about 35-40 mins)
3. Dr Heather Mcginness, Research Scientist in the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Canberra
“Flood regimes driving community transitions in semi-arid floodplain woodlands” (about 30 mins)