Raymond Glover’s Diary
Tidal Forests of Kenya

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March 20, 2009: First post

Hello everyone, my name is Ray Glover and I work as a Product Design Engineer for Kawneer based in Runcorn, UK.. Today, as my lunch break started, I thought I would make a check on the Alcoa Earthwatch site to see if any announcement had been made for this year's expedition Fellows. Suddenly an e-mail notification sprang up on the screen: Congratulations! You have been selected to be a 2009 Alcoa Earthwatch Fellow. You are headed out on Tidal Forests of Kenya to work with field scientists. Your expedition is scheduled for 7/25/2009 to 8/4/2009. Exactly how many times I read this e-mail, I am still not sure. There are still days when it seems unreal. I am very excited to be representing Alcoa on this expedition to the Tidal Forests of Kenya and am so grateful to the team for selecting me from all of this year's applicants. The period immediately following the email was spent checking arrangements for the vacation time and then confirming acceptance of my participation. I have never been involved with this type of experience and have never traveled to Africa before so there will be a lot of firsts for me. I am very much looking forward to contributing to the expedition and learning more about the work Earthwatch are undertaking, and also sharing this experience with you through this blog.

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