A Contribution to the Ornithology of Northern Gobir (2010, Version 1.). This is a detailed report based mainly on my observations during my thesis fieldwork but also incorporates some insights from a local hunter. I have attempted to understand my records with reference to what is known about the biogeography and ecology of the species involved but there is much still to be learnt about these birds as well as wider the ecology of northern Gobir.

 

A Preliminary Hausa Bird Lexicon (2012, Version1.1). During my thesis I recorded the Hausa names for over a hundred species of birds with a local hunter. Inspired by this I managed to track down 11 other sources of Hausa bird names, some of them unpublished, obscure or hard to find, which I have gathered together in this document. The lexicon is built around a list of all species found in the core Hausa speaking areas in Nigeria and Niger (Hausaland) and just over a half of this total have recorded names. Those so far assembled here hint at some fascintating patterns of name conformity for some species and diversity in others. I propose a socio-spatial approach to the recording of names, as well as a more rigourous collecting protocol, in order to investigate what names may tell us about language change and diffusion. 

 

Origins of an Outlying Acacia. (2013, Version1.0). This note is an exploration of connectivities across Sahelian landscapes through considering how a fine Acacia sieberiana in central Niger might have got growing where it is about 90 km from the nearest known examples during the 1984-5 drought induced famine. 

 

COMING NEXT

Chicken-Guineafowl Hybrids in Village Production Systems. A short illustrated note that highlights a practise that may increase the chance of these hybrids, some Hausa names given to them and the value of considering these birds in ethno-taxonomies.

An Annotated Bibliography on the Social Aspects of Hunting and Trapping in West Africa. I find bushmeat debates overly biological, so in order to stimulate consideration of the social significance of these activities and how their roles and importance have changed, I am compiling references.

AND ALL IN GOOD TIME

Granaries in Gobir: Some Geographical Considerations. The beautiful mud graneries found in this region have some interesting geographical perspectives in terms of their relationship with alternate stalk models, their various designs, location and orientation and their use in time and space. 

Kudzu in Liberia: Notes on Invasion Pathways. The geographies of kudzu in the southern USA have been well documented, but this plant is also an invasive in West Africa where little about its entrance, spread and reception appears to have been written, so here is a speck of light.

An Annotated Bibliography of Gobir.

The Swift Houses of Liberia.

Ethnomycology Notes from Liberia.