Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"
My fieldwork takes place in Cockpit Country, Jamaica: a wet mid-elevation limestone forest. This usually occurs during parrot hunting season (July - September, three months after the breeding season as the juvenile parrots begin to forage on their own). During this time I am based in Accompong Maroon village, where I learn more about their indigenous knowledge and forest use, as well as the pressures that threaten both their way of life and the ecosystem that supports it. I also have a number of ongoing conservation projects that I undertake whilst I'm there.