Black eagles, African birds, birds of prey, Nikela, Margrit Harris, Russ Harris, protect wildlife.
A year ago today we visited Libby and her Black Eagle project near Johannesburg South Africa. She was the first of a whole string of amazing wildlife conservationists that we met on our Wildlife Conservation Tour.
Here are my notes from that visit:
After a good overnight flight on a huge double decker Airbus (over 500 passengers) we arrived an hour late in Jo’burg (a passenger got sick as we were leaving Paris and they had to take him off.)
Then we had a couple of glitches getting our rental car… needed to buy a new GPS (a life saver) and decided we’d use our phones only when absolutely needed… too expensive to buy a local one… at least for now.
With me driving, on the other side of the road mind you, after spending 30 hours traveling, with Russ navigating we sped away in the direction of Libby’s Black Eagle project.
After taking a wrong turn I’m hurrying down this dirt road when the car coming at me goes bumping off into the field…. oops! I was driving on the wrong side… sorry ole chap!
We arrive late, just before Libby is ready to call it a day. She’s happy to see us, sure glad she didn’t know we’d been wearing the same clothes for more than two days, and super glad that Russ is taping all our conversations, (as bleary eyed as we were.)
Libby invites us to sit outside in this peaceful spot in the shade, overlooking a waterfall. Her eagle project is housed in the most beautiful botanical gardens I’ve every visited. It’s delightful to get to know Libby, what a commited soul!
In 1993 she and her young son visited the Gardens she fell in love with the eagles… she volunteered, she became the director.
The project does three things:
- Protect the last two suburban Black Eagles in South Africa
- Advocate for the protection of their ever shrinking habitat
- Educate the public as to the need of these last remaining Black Eagles.
The black eagles have a huge nest they return to each year. Its that dark spot with a white edge to the left of the waterfall in the photo below.
As the project is in the Gardens offering education programs for students is easy, however, also difficult due to the constant need for funds.
Sometime in the future Nikela hopes to bring Libby’s Black Eagle project on board.