Lizards already!

By Jay Bongey (Northland College)   Hi everyone! Jay here at Round River Namibia. So it has been our first week here and I can tell you it has been AMAZING. It officially started at the Namibia airport where everyone involved in this trip arrived. It was there that I met up with our instructors Rebekah…

First week in Namibia

By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   After driving along the dirt roads of northwest Namibia for 8 hours from Windhoek, we arrived at Wereldsend, our base camp oasis in the middle of the desert. We all eagerly moved into our tents, contemplating the fact that these canvas walls will be our new home for the…

World Rhino Day

Today is World Rhino Day, and at Round River we are reflecting on the work we have done over the years with our Namibia Student Program assisting groups such as Save the Rhino Trust.  We hope that our efforts in monitoring rhinos, developing habitat use models and ground-truthing those models, alongside the work of several…

Patagonia preparations

It’s hard to believe, but our sixth Patagonia program is almost underway! Our field instructors, Jessica and Elizabeth, have been busy in southern Chile, preparing for the arrival of 8 students on our Patagonia Conservation Program. Our program coordinator, Matt, is there to assist with preparations, and will be in Chile for the first month of…

Round River Alumni Photo Contest

Alumni, send us your best shots! As a student on our program, you have the opportunity to experience vast, wild places, encounter wildlife, and interact with the local people. In our first official Photo Contest, we would like to see your best photos – those that capture the spirit of a Round River program, as well as the…

Species Profile: Moss Campion

By Drew Higgins (Carleton College) Moss Campion (Silene acaulis) Moss-like mats Occurs in rocky, alpine environments Silene acaulis Salverform flowers (composed of united petals forming a tube that spreads at the open end) Cushion of moss (also called “cushion pink”) Aromatic flowers like lilac Moist but well-drained areas Pink, lilac, or purple flowers Inserts long woody…

Species Profile: Porcupine

By Sawyer Hill (Westminster College)   The Perpetually Plodding Porcupine   This large rodent of the Erethizontidae Family, plods through forest, shrublands, and tundra so purposefully.   The “quill pig” also known as Erethizon dorsatum is covered in thousands of quills and then some.   The quills of these slow moving, near-sighted herbivores can be…

Last Days of an Atlin Summer

By Hannah Eiseman (University of Vermont ’14)   Flipping back through the yellow books we all use to take notes in the field, it’s impressive to see the amount of ground we have covered, and the experiences that we have all had this summer. From the hikes we have done, to the fieldwork we’ve conducted…