Next Sunday the biggest names in show business will gather in a Hollywood theatre to make emotional speeches and congratulate each other. Meanwhile a far more select and – let’s be honest – more important set of awards will also be announced. Introducing the Mammalwatching Oscars. Also known as “The Fluffies” … Also, hopefully, known as something else before next Sunday. What should I call these awards? Suggestions please.
But – whatever I call them – an award here is going to be more glamorous than an Oscar, more demanding than an Olympic Gold and more prestigious than a Nobel Prize. Maybe.
I know right – it’s pretty damn exciting.
Meanwhile, fired up with creativity, I am creating a mammalwatching “Resource Directory” (again I need a better name for this and would love suggestions). This catalogue of mammal tour guides, tour operators and lodges from around the world, is an idea that has been suggested a few times by people on this forum. So the creativity is your’s not mine.
A directory ought to be useful to anyone who wants to browse a global list of mammal destinations to look for inspiration for their next trip. It will also be useful if you know roughly where want to go but are unsure how to make it happen. The directory will have the current contact details for operators, guides and lodges, and links to key trip reports that feature them as well as a brief summary of their focus and mammals. It will be more convenient than having to trawl through old trip reports to find guides and (worse) then writing to email addresses that no longer work and having to wait for 2 weeks for a reply that never comes.
I’m going to charge businesses an annual fee to appear on the list, a process which will help ensure the information stays up to date. If you would like to be listed then please email me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I’m still thinking about how a directory will be structured and what information to include so if you have any ideas for features that would be useful, or examples of good directories from the birding world, please let me know.