Hi guys! Nice to hear from you, well few of you!
I don’t have many exciting news, apart of a new member of the family “Frida”, and the first fox cubs arrivals to the London Wildcare Trust this season.
My new daughter plus my “lovely” mortgage, ties me to London and surroundings when looking for a job, thus poor results so far. I am doing some volunteering in the LWT, although there are not many opportunities to get a paid job there because as many trust around, they don’t have a penny thanks to the global crisis! Lucky enough if there is enough money to buy the food. The rescue centre is still quiet, but expecting a busy season soon with plenty of orphans. It is not a high tech work, and it is more about welfare than conservation (don’t mention them that grey squirrels or pigeons should be in another dimension, and that a rabbit with mixomatosis should be put down.). However, I think than it could be a good a experience to be part, help and see how they manage with all these arrivals (+100 fox cubs per season, hundreds of ducklings, etc). I have also being invited (well, kind of invited myself) to carry on my research in hand-rearing common swifts in the wildlife rehabilitation centre in Barcelona this summer, and possibly doing a short stage in a rehab centre in Germany where they only recover swifts. They know that the diet they are using is not good (thanks to me! yeahh!!) but they can not afford a insect diet because the costs/people/resources. All free paid of course L, so I have to combine this with my all work as IT, and travelling now and then to see my client in Spain. However, thanks to the crisis is not looking so great and just enough to the moth bills.
Well, all seems exiting (maybe not), but yes, it is not…After the MSc, ending cleaning duck shit (for now) is not so great!!! But let’s see how everything goes, and if the short term London does not give me any opportunity I may do a move (leaving partner, Frida and Mina for a while).
By the way, some pictures of Frida in my partner’s space in flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/mecanoscrit ....
Also, he is running the marathon http://www.justgiving.com/mariomontero ... human causes although not bad!
See you around.
PS: Andres is in the Coto de Doñana National Park doing work with amphibians. He is a lucky one, as that Park is just amazing. One of the remaining Iberian Lynx populations is in there.