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Installment 23

14 August 2020

Madagascar Pratincole breeds exclusively on the island, but migrates to the coast of East Africa during the austral winter. Why? I'm really not sure! Seems like a lot of flying over water for an only modestly warmer and more bug-rich climate!

This virus is hard to understand. Covid seemed to have reached my town in a major way a few weeks ago when a taxi driver contracted the virus and then quickly died from it. At that point, I assumed that 100s of people had already been infected, and that soon we would have 1000s of cases. But very little has happened subsequently. There are about 30 known active cases, mostly mild. I'm certainly thankful that we continue to be spared, perhaps due to having a young and healthy population that spends the vast majority of its time outdoors.

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