'Surviving the volcano'
“Volcano threatens to erupt” was the newspaper headline greeting David as he arrived on Montserrat to participate in a biodiversity survey of what was thought to be a volcanically dormant island. David was close to the volcano when it first erupted and thought he was going to die: he decided his last act would be to photograph it. This talk explains how he survived and went on to witness the evacuations and the disruption to this idyllic island and its friendly people. Over a two-month period he saw the island transformed from a relaxed, beautiful Caribbean paradise into an evacuated and dangerous landscape.
Meanwhile the surveying of the animals continued, but now with an added urgency. Catching fish eating bats and cute but noisy tree frogs was easy, but David was also trying to catch snakes with his bare hands... and the snakes were winning. See what it is like to monitor wildlife on an island (including tree frogs, lizards and bats) while a volcano rages, uncertainty reigns, and the population deal with the challenge.
This talk is very popular with clubs and societies because it is full of drama and human interest, as well as giving insights into how a wild animal conservation project works.
(David has revisited the island to see how it has changed over the last 16 years. Click here for this new Montserrat talk).
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