E-Mail Subscriptions

24 01 2011

Well, it seems that the e-mail subscriptions to Wild Thoughts from Uganda did not transfer to the new site when I switched it over.

SO – if you are still interested in receiving Wild Thoughts via e-mail, please go directly to http://wildugandablog.com and sign up on the right side of the screen.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Mark





New Domain for Wild Thoughts!

13 01 2011

New Site

With growth comes change.  Wild Thoughts from Uganda has reached two milestones – it just passed 15,000 hits today, and the 18th of January will be its one-year birthday.  This seems like a perfect time to make some changes.

I feel good about its growth, and want it to keep growing, so I am switching to a different platform that will give me more flexibility to develop the site the way I want it to be over time.

But I don’t want you to be left behind!

I will be setting up a redirect tomorrow that “should” forward all links to the new site.  I am hoping this will work for subscriptions, too.  The reality, however, is that things don’t always work exactly as they should.  If you have an e-mail subscription to Wild Thoughts from Uganda, it is possible that you will need to go directly to the new site and subscribe again.  You can be expecting a new post from the new site in the next couple of days.  If you don’t get one e-mailed to you by the end of the day Monday, it probably means the redirect didn’t work for subscriptions.  You can go to http://wildugandablog.com and sign up again.

If you aren’t signed up by e-mail yet, now’s a great time to do that!  Each e-mail you receive comes with a link to unsubscribe, so you always have the option of bailing out if I annoy you.

I really hope you like the new look, and I really hope this change doesn’t make Wild Thoughts drop off the face of the ePlanet.

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala





Signs of Uganda #7

7 12 2010

No Drivers in CarsNOW I understand why the traffic is so bad in Kampala!

Many thanks to Jocelyn Baker for this sign from Centenary Park!





Christmas Cards for Ugandan Wildlife

1 12 2010

You’re gonna buy them anyway, so why not have your purchase of holiday greeting cards support a group that is doing great work to protect wildlife in Uganda?

UCF Christmas CardsIf you live in Kampala, contact Charlotte at 0774 802319 or e-mail her at charlotte.beauvoisin@ugandacf.org to arrange your purchase.

Note from Charlotte:  “In Kampala, our very popular cards are available at: the 3 Banana Boat shops; Pearl of Africa Tours (downstairs at Nakumatt Oasis); outside GAME in Lugogo; and the UCF office in Namuwongo, Bukasa Close (the road below Namuwongo Meeting Point stage).”

For others, go to the website at

www.ugandacf.org





Wild Thoughts Ranked a “Top Uganda Blog” by Go!Overseas

23 10 2010

Wild Thoughts from Uganda was recently selected as a “Top Uganda Blog” by Go!Overseas, a site that proviTop Blog Ugandades information about living, working and volunteering around the world.

The website has links to some other great expat blogs from Uganda, so go check it out.

Even more interesting are the many great blogs written by Ugandans.  There is an incredibly vibrant blogging scene here in Kampala, with people writing about everything you can imagine.  You can find out about many of these by checking out Afrigator (maybe by giving the site a plug here, I’ll actually register on their radar finally!).

Happy Reading.

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala





You Call That a Migration?

17 09 2010
Wildebeest

Image of Serengeti Wildebeest

The total number of wildebeest left in all of southern Africa is estimated at about 2.5 million individuals, with just over half of those participating in the Serengeti/Maasai Mara migration that has captured the fascination and imagination of the world for decades.  It is quite a spectacle, and it is the largest display of mobile mammal flesh anywhere on the planet.

Is the “Greatest Migration on Earth” really that impressive, though?  Or is it just a symbol of the sad state we have gotten our planet into?

Let’s put it into perspective by traveling to the Great Plains of the United States in the 1700s.  At that time there were an estimated 70 million bison on the plains.  That is 28 times more bison than there are wildebeest in southern Africa.  A single migratory herd of bison could contain as many as 4 million animals, covering the Plains as far as the eye could see.

American bison

American Bison in Yellowstone National Park

By the mid-1800s, those massive herds had been reduced to less than one thousand animals through hunting and targeted eradication plans.  Even now, after decades of conservation efforts, the largest wild herd of American bison is the 5,000 or so found in Yellowstone National Park.  The total number of “wild” bison (existing on conservation lands rather than farms) is around 15,000 to 30,000.  That is a far cry from 70 million.

According to the Save the Serengeti coalition, the proposed Serengeti Highway could potentially reduce the migratory wildebeest herd from 1.3 million to 200,000 in the not-so-distant future.

Buffalo Skulls

Mountain of Bison skulls

Allow me to play Devil’s Advocate here for a moment and ask “Who cares?”  Do you ever hear people lamenting the loss of the great herds of American bison and the disappearance of that truly massive migration?  Had you ever even heard about it before reading this post?

The introduction of the Serengeti Highway is really not so different from the introduction of the railroad to the Great Plains.  The train brought access to the western frontier areas of the North American continent and arguably brought great prosperity through that access.  So what if a few bison got eliminated along the way?

If the Serengeti Highway project goes forward and we lose the wildebeest migration, will people even remember it existed 50 years from now?  Will anybody care?

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala





The Rush of “Freshly Pressed”

9 08 2010

Wow – what a ride!  I feel like a junkie coming off a high and looking for my next fix.  Each weekday WordPress, the platform that I use for blogging, features ten posts from the 277,000+ blogs they host in their “Freshly Pressed” department.  I have no idea how my post got selected last week, but it did, and suddenly I saw my “hit counter” going through the roof, with over 1,500 visits in about 36 hours.

I know that to be true to the art of writing, I really shouldn’t care if anybody is reading what I put out there.  But with millions of blogs now in existence, you just start to wonder if anybody besides your mother is reading your posts.  I now have to admit, it feels really good when people read your stuff.

So I’ll try to keep it interesting to keep you coming back.  I’ve updated my blog’s look, added a story about an ill-fated road trip around Lake Victoria that started with a bribe and ended with me under arrest for smuggling, and also added a photo gallery.

If you want a regular dose of Wild Thoughts from Uganda, you can sign up to receive it by e-mail in the sidebar to the right.  If there is something you want me to look into and write about, let me know!  If there is somebody else you think would enjoy reading this blog, please send the link to them.

Thanks for reading!

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala