Why Bushfires Aren’t All Bad
During our field surveys to better understand the primate diversity of north-eastern Uganda, we seek the least traveled routes and those areas for which primates have never been surveyed. Our explorations often yield data for species other than primates, and get us into some interesting situations.
For two weeks in February 2015 we moved through northern Uganda to assess the primate community at multiple sites. This is the middle of the dry season with the rains not expected until March. During the dry months, large, raging, bushfires are common in Uganda. On several occasions we drive towards curtains of smoke and bushfires.
Tall grasses and bushes are ablaze, but also trees and fence posts. Many of the fires are wind-driven and move quickly. Much of northern Uganda has already burnt—and much more will burn before the March rains. Throughout this survey, hazy skies (the result of thick smoke and dust), create a spooky atmosphere during the day and spectacular sunsets and sunrises.
Fire for More Than Just Cooking
In northern Uganda, as over much of Africa, farmers and hunters use fire as a tool to exploit and maintain grasslands and woodlands. Fire, at least temporarily, removes much of the dense bush and 2-3-meter tall rank —> Read More