Second wave COVID-19 disaster in Suriname

This 13 May 2020 video says about itself:

What will the coronavirus second wave look like? | COVID-19 Special

As lockdown measures are lifted, many parts of the world are feeling a sense of relief. But experts warn of a second, possibly worse wave of the coronavirus.

There is a precedent for multiple peaks in a pandemic. The second wave of the 1918 Spanish flu was more deadly than the first. With coronavirus, could the worst be yet to come?

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In Suriname, the number of diagnosed coronavirus infections has risen to 23. That was announced last night at a press conference. Last night there were still fifteen.

Ten of the 23 patients have recovered and one died. Five patients are on intensive care.

Correspondent Nina Jurna calls it shocking figures. “Suriname was almost coronavirus-free for a few weeks, but at the press conference it was said that there are probably more cases.” That’s bad news for the country, as it doesn’t have the resources to deal with a major outbreak. “There are only about thirty ventilators and not enough healthcare personnel.”

Suriname borders on Brazil, COVID-19 epicentre because of the pandemic denialist policies of extreme right President Jair Bolsonaro.

New coronavirus outbreak in Suriname

This 17 May 2020 video is called French schools return amid apprehension over coronavirus pandemic.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In Suriname, code red has been announced because of three new coronavirus infections. Schools that were supposed to reopen for students on Monday remain closed longer and domestic air traffic has been shut down.

The new Covid-19 infections have been reported by the Ministry of Health of Suriname. Correspondent Nina Jurna …: “No new infections were added in recent weeks. However, the virus has now flared up again. In Suriname, all alarm bells are already ringing for a few infections, because the country has only 25 to 30 respirators.”

Porous borders

In total Suriname now has 14 coronavirus patients. One of them died. Of the three new contamination cases, one was reported on Tuesday, May 26, and two on Saturday. According to the ministry, the source of all infections is not yet known.

… The infections may come from neighboring French Guiana. “These are porous borders,” said Jurna.

Suriname borders on COVID-19 epicentre Brazil as well.

16-year-old girl wins adults’ championship, to Olympics?

This 22 February 2020 video shows the finals of the Dutch indoor track and field championship: sixty metres-dash for adult women.

As the video shows, the winner was 16-year-old N’ketia Seedo. Being 16-year-old means that Ms Seedo is in the Junior Girls B category of Dutch track and field. Supposedly, as she grew older, she would first go to the Junior A category, and later still to the adult women category. Yet, she won the adult women’s championship.

This photo shows N’ketia Seedo and the numbers two and three of the women seniors’ final.

N’ketia Seedo’s winning time was 7.24 seconds. The second-fastest time ever anywhere in the world of an under-18-year-old woman. Only Tamari Davis from the USA had ever been faster.

This March 2019 video is about Ms Seedo when she was 15 years old; including her playing saxophone.

Seedo, of African Surinamese ancestry, was born in Utrecht city. Like Dafne Schippers, former 200 metres-dash world champion. Ms Seedo yesterday ran faster than Ms Schippers when she was 16-years-old.

N'ketia Seedo and her club trainer Juul Acton

She now wants to go to the Tokyo Olympics later this year. If she succeeds in that, then she will be youngest ever 100-metres-dash runner at the Olympics. She will try to be in the 4 x 100 metres Dutch women’s relay team, maybe together with Dafne Schippers. Maybe the individual 100 metres four years later, at the next Olympics.

Maybe at the Tokyo Olympics, Ms Seedo will meet Keet Oldenbeuving, one year younger, European skateboard champion, also from Utrecht.

Suriname slavery history, new book

New book on slavery in Suriname

Translated from Leiden University in the Netherlands, 25 September 2018:

Eigendomsstrijd [Ownership struggle]. The history of slavery and emancipation in Suriname

Eigendomsstrijd by the historian Karwan Fatah-Black is a clear and accessible book that offers new insights into the debate about Dutch slavery. It describes the history of slavery and emancipation in Suriname.

In the streets, houses and backyards of Paramaribo the control by the slave owners was difficult to sustain. There a free group began to lay the foundations of a community of their own. While the slave owners were fighting for control over their property, the slaves searched their roads towards freedom in the city and on the waterfront.

On the basis of the lives of these founders, Karwan Fatah-Black describes the period that preceded the definitive abolition of slavery in 1863. The result is a beautiful book that throws new light on Dutch slavery and its legacy.

Suriname 19th century slavery now online

Suriname slave register, NOS photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Surinamese slave registers now accessible to everyone

Today, 15:22

For those looking for more information about his or her Surinamese ancestors, doing research on Surinamese slavery or preparing lessons on slavery, the search from today will be easier. The Surinamese slave registers are now available online from today on.

The slave registers consist of 43 big books with a total of almost 30,000 pages. They are classified by the names of the slave owners or plantations. The name of the enslaved person is registered, just like the date of birth, the sex and the name of the mother (the father was not registered). Information about sales, contagious diseases, release and other information that was important for the status and monetary value of people in slavery can also be found in the register. Approximately 80,000 people are registered who lived in slavery in Suriname from 1830 to 1863.

“The slave registers are unique, it is the only source with detailed information that gives the possibility to follow all people in slavery over 35 years”, says initiator Coen van Galen.

Coen van Galen of the Radboud University in Nijmegen and Maurits Hassankhan of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname are the initiators of the project ‘Make the Surinamese slave registers public’. Together they have recruited 1500 volunteers who have contributed to digitizing the registers. The volunteers have put the information of all scans in a database within four months. With a crowdfunding campaign and donors, the initiators have raised money for the project.

“The slave registers in the National Archive of Suriname were not easily accessible, for example there was no index, so you could not search easily”, says Hassankhan. That has changed now. “It is now easily accessible to everyone worldwide.”

The fact that the registers are now digitally accessible is important both for the public and for science. “People need to know where they come from and learn more about their ancestors”, says Hassankhan. “This is important for your identity as an individual and as a group.” This source is also important for science. According to Van Galen, it gives scientists the opportunity to understand what slavery was and meant for people. …

The slave registers are from today on online and accessible to everyone via the website of the National Archives in The Hague and the Nationaal Archief Suriname. The symbolic launch date of the slave registers is July 1st during Keti Koti. …

On July 1, the Netherlands, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles celebrate the abolition of slavery during the Keti Koti Festival. Keti Koti is Surinamese for ‘broken chains’.

6,852 bird species in one year, film review

This Dutch September 2017 video is the trailer of the film Arjan’s Big Year. The film is about Dutch birder Arjan Dwarshuis, who set a new world record by seeing over 6,000 bird species, all over the world, within one year.

This video is from before Arjan went on this journey around the world. His aim then still was a ‘modest’ number of 5500 bird species. So, before he broke the over 6,000 world record in Costa Rica in November 2016. The final count for the year would become 6,852. The video says about itself:

Nerd Nite Amsterdam, Friday 23 November 2015

Arjan Dwarshuis speaks at Nerd Nite Amsterdam about his crazy adventure of trying to spot 5500 bird species in one year.

I went to see the film on 17 March 2018, in a packed cinema.

In the film, Arjan says that in New Year’s night 2016, when his Big Year started, he could not sleep well. In the Netherlands, there are many noisy New Year’s night fireworks, making it difficult for birds and humans to sleep. Arjan felt nervous whether he would reach his ambitious goal for 2016. Then, a robin started singing. A common bird in the Netherlands. But a very special bird when an individual arrives in the Gambia in Africa; or in Beijing in China, attracting hundreds of birdwatchers with cameras and binoculars. Also, a very special bird for Arjan. He noted the robin as the #1 species for his world record birding attempt.

He went to over 40 countries, seeing birds from the big ostrich in Africa to small hummingbirds in South America.

It is a pity that many of the beautiful bird species are shown fleetingly, with just their (English) names mentioned, and nothing told about their lives.

There are exceptions to that, like the maleo of Sulawesi island. These birds make their nests in warm volcanic soil; meaning the parents don’t have to sit on the eggs. In Sulawesi, Arjan saw not only wild maleos, but also birds in a breeding centre. When young maleos are about two weeks old, they are able to fly. So, they then can be freed into the wild. Arjan adopted a young maleo. It sat on his hand; then, it flew away into the Sulawesi forest.

Another species with more attention than others in the movie is the white-necked picathartes in Ghana.

This Dutch language 4 August 2016 video is called The Birding Experience: Suriname. With Arjan Dwarshuis, Humberto Tan, Sean Dilrosun, Michiel van den Bergh and Fred Pansa.

The Suriname part of the film brought back fond memories to me of the great kiskadee and other birds which I had seen in Suriname.

Eg, the Brownsberg nature reserve.

The Costa Rican part also pictured people and birds which I had seen there.

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 January 2017

On his way to setting the World Big Year Birding Record in 2016, Dutch birder Arjan Dwarshuis visits Minnesota’s Sax-Zim Bog.

The movie shows birds which Arjan saw in the USA, but does not mention the Minnesota part of his journey. As one can hardly put forty countries and one year in ninety minutes of film. I have added the Minnesota video because it was the only part of Arjan’s Big Year, not included in the movie, which I could find on YouTube.

At the end of his Big Year, Arjan arrived back at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. His parents greeted him there. So did his girlfriend, birder Camilla Dreef. They had met during the Dutch TV birdwatching show Fascinated by the condor, and had fallen in love there.

Arjan had worried that after seeing nearly 7000 bird species all over the world, he would have been unable to enjoy the often less spectacular birdwatching in the Netherlands. However, that fear proved to be unfounded. He found out he really enjoyed watching birds together with Camilla at the Kwade Hoek nature reserve. Camilla had especially studied spoonbills; and Arjan loved looking at these beautiful birds together with her.

Surinamese artist Erwin de Vries, RIP

This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

The Surinamese sculptor and painter Erwin de Vries will be eighty years old on 21 December 2009 and will be active in that profession for 60 years. The Kunsthal Rotterdam honors The Grand Old Master from Suriname with a retrospective exhibition. Over one hundred and twenty-five works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures from the nineteen fifties to the present, provide a multifaceted picture of his extensive oeuvre.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Surinamese artist Erwin de Vries died last night after a short-term illness in a hospital in his home town of Paramaribo. He leaves behind a large oeuvre, of which the National Slavery Monument in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam is one of the most famous works.

This 2017 video is about a Surinamese Winti religious ceremonial cleansing of Erwin de Vries’ slavery monument in Amsterdam.

The NOS article continues:

He [De Vries] also made many depictions of celebrities, eg in the Netherlands of politician Joop den Uyl, writer Simon Carmiggelt, cabaret artist Toon Hermans and footballer Clarence Seedorf. In Paramaribo there are images of him from, eg, the politicians Arron and Lachmon and the only survivor of the December murders, trade union leader Fred Derby.

De Vries (born in 1929) has been a prolific and successful sculptor and painter since the 1950s. He was influenced for some time by the Cobra movement and had solo exhibitions in, among other places, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Kunsthal, in Jamaica and in other countries. …

He was born in Paramaribo and came to the Netherlands in 1949 for training as a drawing teacher. Later he went to the Rijksacademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

This 16 March 2008 video says about itself:

The making of a sculpture of Barack Obama, by the well-known Surinamese Artist, Erwin de Vries.

Obama was then not yet president of the USA; he was only a presidential candidate fighting for the Democratic party nomination against Hillary Clinton.

New rabbit species discovery in Suriname

This video says about itself:

Trail cam footage by Dave McIntyre from a trip to the Suriname rain forest – South America 2011.

From Portland State University in the USA:

New species of South American rabbit discovered

May 16, 2017

Summary: A rabbit known for centuries to exist in South America is different enough from its cousins to be its own unique species, research has concluded.

A Portland State University researcher discovered that a rabbit known for centuries to exist in South America is different enough from its cousins to be its own unique species.

“At a time when species are going extinct every day, it’s encouraging to know we can add one back on the list of survivors,” said PSU biology professor Luis Ruedas.

His findings will be published May 17 in the Journal of Mammalogy.

Ruedas made his discovery after studying rabbit specimens at the Naturalis museum in Leiden, in The Netherlands. The specimens, collected in 1983 from the small country of Suriname on South America’s northeast coast, were labeled as South American cottontails.

Ruedas studied the anatomy of the museum specimens and determined they were larger and shaped differently than other rabbits throughout South America — so much so that they deserved to be classified as a distinct species.

The creature will be only the third new rabbit species named in South America since the start of the modern classification system 260 years ago.

The discovery follows another finding that Ruedas published this year showing that the South American cottontail, which was considered to be a single species distributed over a vast area from Mexico to most of South America, really only occupies a small area of Brazil. The other rabbits on the continent — perhaps as many as 35 species in all — will have to be renamed, he said.

The rabbit from Suriname will be the first on that list.

Ruedas — who has traveled around the world studying small mammals and discovering new species — said the rabbit discovery in South America could affect how animal species are identified as unique, which is an important step when determining if a species is endangered. Ruedas said it could also lead to conservation efforts in Suriname, where environmental degradation is threatening the rabbit’s habitat.

New Species of Cottontail Rabbit Identified: Sylvilagus parentum. Jun 14, 2017 by Enrico de Lazaro.

PARAMARIBO, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) – At the Bonn Climate Conference in 2017, Suriname announced its aspirations to maintain its forest coverage at 93 percent of the land area: here.

Surinamese musician Clarence Breeveld, RIP

This 2012 music video shows Surinamese singer and guitarist Clarence Breeveld playing his song Ala Presi.

Clarence Breeveld, who played kaseko and other music styles, died yesterday in Houten in the Netherlands. He was 68 years of age.

Birdwatching world record interview

This video says about itself:

Nerd Nite Amsterdam, Friday 23 November 2015

Arjan Dwarshuis speaks at Nerd Nite Amsterdam about his crazy adventure of trying to spot 5500 bird species in one year.

By the end of 2016 we may have a world-record holder among our Nerd Nite alums: speaker Arjan Dwarshuis will attempt to see over half of the bird species on Earth (about 5500) in a single year. This adventure takes him to 34 countries on 6 different continents; from the barren peaks of the Himalayas to the vast deserts of Southern Africa and the steaming jungles of Papua New Guinea. The motivation? To raise public awareness of the fast-vanishing ecosystems around the world and the endangered bird species that make these remaining havens their home. We have arrived at a critical point in history where we can either lose our natural heritage forever, or start building on global attitude change and commit to safeguarding our heritage for future generations. Come listen to this ultimate global birder share his plans for his “Biggest Year”.

Arjan is an archeologist by training and birdwatcher by passion. As long as he can remember he has been identifying birds. His mission is to spread the bird-watching virus, upgrading a walk around the park to an exciting new level, probably ending up in Cafe Wester where he works as a bartender.

From BirdLife:

This man has just broken the record for most bird species seen in a year

By Shaun Hurrell, 9 Jan 2017

Interview: Arjan Dwarshuis has just broken the world record for the number of bird species spotted in a single year. And he is doing it to raise money for BirdLife.

Despite birdwatching around the world almost non-stop since January 2016 for his “Biggest Year”, which is also being captured in a documentary film, Arjan has an excitement that does not seem to fade, and his infectious enthusiasm makes you feel like you are looking through the scope with him. From Amsterdam, Netherlands, Arjan is a BirdLife Species Champion supporting our Preventing Extinctions Programme. We caught up with him at a birding lodge where he had brief access to WiFi

First things first: where are you?

Behind me I can hear this incredibly loud ‘bell’ sound coming from three birds with snowy-white heads and bizarre pieces of skin dangling below their bills. I’m in Costa Rica and just saw these Three-wattled Bellbirds displaying on an exposed ledge at 60x zoom through my scope.

They must be loud at that distance. Sorry to drag you away, but how do you feel now holding this incredible new world record?

I feel fantastic. Yes, very excellent.

What motivated you to go for your “Biggest Year”?

I have been fascinated by nature for as long as I can remember. Aged nine, I started noting my bird sightings; at twelve, I started looking for rare migrants. At 15 I travelled on my own in Turkey and at 18 I made a hitchhiking trip around the world and came across a lot of threatened birds and ecosystems. I wanted to use a ‘Big Year’ of birding to raise awareness, and two and a half years ago I decided to go for the world record. I put everything aside, got guides and tour companies excited to be on board. But two days after I tweeted about it, someone told me that an American, Noah Strycker, was going to go for it too. Initially I was going to attempt it on a ‘hitchhiking budget’, but to get the record now I had to step up my game [laughs].

But I also wanted to give something back – with all this flying I cannot just raise awareness. The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme is the best fitting charity, importantly focusing on the most threatened birds in the world.

You’ve probably got many great anecdotes to tell, where shall we start?

One story started before my trip began. I received a phone call from the very popular “RTL Late Night” talk show on Dutch TV, saying they wanted to do a feature, but under one condition: that the presenter, Humberto Tan, went birding with me. He was voted best-dressed man in the Netherlands, and one early morning near my house there he was dressed in full birding gear. We ended up staying for five hours looking at firecrests, treecreepers, etc. He loved it so much he decided to join me for seven days of hard-core birding in Suriname (his country of birth) instead of holidaying with his family! So here I was, driving through the forest with one of the most famous people from my country, when suddenly we slam the brakes on hard. A HUGE male Harpy Eagle flies over, just a few metres above us, showing its massive talons. Perhaps the best bird to see!

This Dutch language 4 August 2016 video is called The Birding Experience: Suriname. With Arjan Dwarshuis, Humberto Tan, Sean Dilrosun, Michiel van den Bergh and Fred Pansa.

You’re certain to raise awareness in the Netherlands then. What is the most extreme length you’ve been to for spotting a bird?

I was in Madagascar, in a very remote part of the Perinet Reserve, where a spectacular bird – the Helmet Vanga – is found. First we went down a very bad, muddy track. Then, not even a trail, hacking our way through the jungle with a machete. I’d forgotten to bring lunch, the temperature dropped by ten degrees, it rained, and I was very cold. We saw one bird every 2-3 hours and after 8-9 hours there was still no sign of the Helmet Vanga. I asked my guide how much longer: “Just four kilometres back to car,” he said, but my GPS clocked nine when we got back. Gruesome.

The one that got away…

You can miss some. You can see some. That’s the beautiful thing about birdwatching. Sometimes you get something very unexpected out of your efforts. Last week in Panama, on the Cerro Chucanti Ridge – very remote – we got up at 4AM to ride on horseback and saw a Beautiful Treerunner, and I took one of the first good photos of that species.

One in every eight bird species is threatened. Are you focusing on trying to see the most endangered birds?

Yes. Quantity is very important for the record, but I am trying to incorporate as many Critically Endangered birds and habitats as possible. These rare birds are very important locally.

We certainly think so too, but please explain…

Travelling so much is of course bad for the environment, but my biggest message is the importance of ecotourism for these birds. Here in Costa Rica, ecotourism is a big thing. In Malawi or Madagascar that is not yet the case, and in my opinion and experience the only reason some patches of forest still stand is because a local guide is engaging their local community in conservation. So eat local foods, stay at local places. This is why I like BirdLife’s Species Guardians concept – funding those trying to change things at a local level, that’s the key.

What is the rarest bird you have seen?

The Black-eared Miner in the Mallee Forests of southern Australia. This bird is threatened by hybridisation with the far more common Yellow-throated Miner. They live in complex, highly social family groups and I did not hear of a single 100% pure group of Black-eared Miners left. This means that soon they could be hybridised out of existence. For the bird itself this is not a bad thing, in fact he wouldn’t even notice. But for the ecological diversity of our planet it is a catastrophe since we lose yet another species forever.

Your most memorable rarity?

Sometimes an entire species can be found just in one tiny marsh, one tiny pocket of rainforest. In some places there are good conservation projects to boost the population, but sometimes nothing is happening. At a place called PICOP [Paper Industry Corporations of the Philippines logging area], on Mindanao, there is one last patch of lowland forest, home to the Mindanao Broadbill and spectacular Celestial Monarch. I was watching the birds when I heard chainsaws buzzing from 360 degrees around me. There is so much logging going on. I was crippled, wanting to cry. I still get a lump in my throat, as I know the bird will be gone from there. The army controls the area; no one can buy this forest.

Did you feel like speaking to the loggers?

Yes, but it is dangerous to get angry with them. My guide had been threatened multiple times. It’s a hard situation: it’s ruthlessly understandable that they log the forest, as it’s their subsistence.

That’s why community involvement is so important. You can show them they can benefit economically from ecotourism. Otherwise the forest is a supermarket.

Where was the best place for seeing many bird species?

Peru. Hands down. Miguel Lezama of Tanager Tours was an exceptional guide. With my girlfriend, Camilla, we saw 1,001 species in 24 days – a record within a record! 577 were new for the Biggest Year. Of those, we saw 70 really special endemics and criticals. It’s also the landscape, culture, people…

You have quite a unique perspective of the world’s 11,000 bird species. Any major changes you have noticed?

I had been to Africa when I was younger, and now you can really notice the lack of vultures. After just 10-20 years they are much harder to see. I can’t believe the speed of the decline.

What’s your favourite African Vulture?

Lappet-faced. They are huge and brutal. Beautifully ugly. [laughs]

Now, quick-fire on the technical stuff – what counts as a tick?

You have to hear or see it, recognisably. I always have somebody with me too, a local guide, a travel companion for that crucial second opinion. It’s impossible to do all on your own. My final list will clearly show which species were only heard and which were seen.

What bird tipped you over the record?

A Buffy-crowned Wood-partridge, and the best thing was that it was a thrilling moment. We had to really chase it for 15 minutes. Three best friends were present, filming the whole thing for our Biggest Year documentary film, which will be out in 2017.

Have you broken the record using the taxonomy of BirdLife and Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW)?

My current record is based on the IOC [International Ornithological Congress] World Bird List, mostly because I use the i-Obs app to record. But when I return home, I will put my whole list into HBW Alive too. The previous record used the Clements taxonomy, which is based too much on DNA in my opinion.

What do you think about the news that there are now more than 700 newly split bird species?

Fantastic, very happy to hear that. The more species there are, the better. This will only boost my list, and conservation. If a bird gets split, then a patch can have a previously overlooked species now recognised as endangered – so it can be far more interesting for people to conserve it. It’s important the splits are scientifically based too, there has to be a good reason. During my big year, I tried to see and record every subspecies as possible as well, so even in ten years my list can grow.

Why do you think about the human tendency to categorise things?

We cannot comprehend nature. It is so complex and so special that we have to categorise it. It is important for working with science, conservation, policy too. Categorising is the only way to communicate about these things.

What bird do you still want to see?

You can never see them all but I would love to. This year in Guatemala I hope to see Horned Guan, it’s a fantastic black and white bird with a huge red knob on its head.

The best bird of the whole year?

I was in a beautiful rainforest in Ghana with Ashanti Tours, my father and filmmaker friends. We had to be silent. Stuck underneath a boulder you could see this ‘cup’ nest. We waited and waited. Suddenly the bushes started moving and this amazing black, white and yellow bird hopped into view – a White-necked Picathartes. It was so special: you can easily get muddy in the rainforest but this bird is so clean and crisp, you can see different shaped feathers! For a full minute I watched with my mouth open. This time there were no high-fives or photos, just complete awe. Then it continued to show behind me whilst we captured it all for the documentary, it was my David Attenborough moment!

How do you feel about being a BirdLife Species Champion?

I am very proud, and very happy to help the Species Guardians – they embody what the programme stands for. I hope more companies and people will do the same – raising money for this fantastic programme to save the most threatened birds.

Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Please go to my fundraising page to support saving these birds from the abyss. I won’t stop until I have raised €100,000, so please relieve me from this burden!

Since this interview was written, Arjan has now completed the entirety of his record-breaking Biggest Year, so the final numbers are:

Biggest Year in Numbers

Total number of birds seen: 6,833
That’s averaging: 18 birds per day
Previous record: 6,042 set by Noah Strycker in 2015
Most birds seen in one day: more than 200, in Kenya
Countries visited: 40
Black-crowned Fulvetta: 6,833rd and final species seen
Money raised so far: nearly €20,000 of €100,000 target
Biggest Year documentary: due later in 2017, directed by Michiel van den Bergh, filmed by John Treffer
Age: 30
Job(s): 3 – The Birding Experience, Arjan’s company in the Netherlands, where he gives tours, talks, etc. He also has a weekly feature about birdwatching on the Dutch TV programme Binnenstebuiten, and is a bartender at weekends.
More on Twitter / Instagram: @ArjanDwarshuis

“The entire BirdLife family congratulates Arjan for setting this incredible new record, and are very grateful to him for doing so much to raise vital funding and awareness for BirdLife’s Preventing Extinctions Programme.”

Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive, BirdLife International