Ibadan Bird Club
The inaugural meeting of the Ibadan Bird Club took the form of a three-day Training Workshop (5-7 March) entitled “Citizen Science and Bird Conservation in Nigeria”. The first day provided basic information about birds and why they are important. This was followed by field training at Awba Dam, University of Ibadan, on the second day, and at the IITA Golf Course on day three. The Ibadan Bird Club is coordinated by Emmanuel Olabode, Forest Project Supervisor, and facilitated by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, IITA Forest Project, and the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism, University of Ibadan. The event was organized by Bunmi Jegede (NCF), Emmanuel Olabode (IITA Forest Project ) and Taiye Adeyanju (UI). There were 30 participants and they learnt to identify 15 species of birds.
Ibadan Bird Club at IITA

African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

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