News from the Aruba Mara Camp and the surrounding area
14 November 2016 The well-known ornithologist Benj Smelt trains the Aruba team
Benj was born in Holland in 1957, in the still biologically diverse landscape of Braband.
His father, a natural scientist, already familiarized him with bird watching in his childhood, and since then he has been studying birdwatching autodidactically. The Dutch gained his knowledge especially in the last 12 years through a wide range of field experiences in all 4 continents of the world:
In South America and Asia he worked as a volunteer for NGOs and private and state nature reserves. He trained guides and rangers in basic ornithology, wrote articles / publications, produced maps, edited videos, and aroused environmental awareness among the locals.
He worked with well-known ornithologists in Asia and Africa, especially as a Birdlife International employee.
In Nepal, he contributed to Carol Inskipps 'Red Data List' and discovered a new species in the country.
In Thailand he worked with Philip Round Flyway on the conservation of the critically endangered Spoonbilled Sandpiper.
In Malaysia, he wrote and documented a publication on 'The Birds of KSNP' revised by Dave Bakewell.
Most recently, he was sent as a field researcher to the Taita Hills in Kenya for a project by the Italian ornithologist Luca Borghesio to research and rescue the critically endangered Taita Apalis.
Now he finally offers birding tours for the guests of the "Aruba Mara Camp".
His specialty is the identification of birds, the creation of checklists and the recording of their sounds. He specializes in observation, field research, cam-trapping, GPS and photography.
24 July 2016 Recently, in front of the veranda