Warm greetings…and a Dutch visitor!

Warm greetings…and a Dutch visitor!

Sometimes this blog feels like every post is solely a sign of life. In its essence, it is, but it’s also more than that. When writing a new post or story we let you know what’s going on on the other side of the world and what keeps us busy. For the moment not much, except the toko project obviously. Every day is like the next one and like the previous one, maybe similar to the working people amongst us.
People who follow us on other social media definitely know that we are doing fine, with a sign of life a little more often than on this website…

In a country with over 90% of the population following Allah, the Ramadan is a big thing. The month of June brought us the end of it and the whole country was left celebrating. We escaped the crowds by visiting Taiwan and its beautiful landscapes. For photos keep an eye on our Instagram.

Our blog is a kind of “no news is good news” blog but that does not keep us from posting. We are already brewing some plans for when this toko project is finished, estimated around October/November. And you will find the details right here when the time is ripe…

But in fact, there are some important things that happened in the last 2 months, with the most important one being the visit of Bas van Balen. Bas is a Dutch ornithologist who has been studying birds in Indonesia for 40 years. He has written numerous reports, articles, and books about the birdlife in the Indonesian archipelago. With his most recent work being THE reference for birders in Indonesia: https://www.lynxeds.com/product/birds-of-the-indonesian-archipelago/

Bas was kind enough to bring the book for me (signed!) from the Netherlands. A few weeks before his arrival I asked Bas if he wanted to do a survey in the area close to where Natalia and I live. This area is what I call “my backyard” and is still quite wild. There is lots of agriculture, there are hunters and there are people living in it but apart from that, the diversity is still very present. So I called in an expert to complete a four-day bird survey…

Bas is someone who does not need to see the bird in order to know the species. He just listens and records the sounds of the forest and he knows what’s in there. That is the reason why I contacted him because I knew this forest had much more life in it than we have ever seen…

Getting to know Bas was a privilege, he is considered to be one of the best ornithologists in the world for the Indonesian region. Dedicating more than 40 years of his life to it…

Involving local organizations, photographers and conservationists was a must. So we teamed up with Swaraowa (blog) and entered the forest. The survey was completed at the beginning of June, just in time before the end of Ramadan. The results are still being processed but I can already say it looks very promising! The reason for this whole survey is to show the forest authorities the diversity of the forest and the potential for nature-related ecotourism. So the forest can be saved instead of destroyed.

We will keep you informed when the results are available and published. Because this is very important news and brings Indonesia one step closer to proper conservation…

Thanks to everyone who keeps reading our posts 🙂 Hopefully, I can bring some more exciting stuff soon, but now I have to go to work…

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