Dembo has had a passion for wildlife since childhood, and whilst at middle school developed and interest in natural sciences and sustainability. In his local community in Kartong, Dembo takes part with the facilitated community cleaning project and is involved in youth and environmental campaigns, for example, against unsustainable firewood collection and over-fishing. Through his connections in the community, Dembo began learning the skill of bird ringing at the Kartong Bird Observatory. Dembo plans to study environmental sciences at University, and hopes to go on to undertake postgraduate study after this. Dembo is the Osprey Leadership Foundation’s first recipient of a University Bursury in The Gambia. Dembo’s other interests include creative activities such as drawing and writing. He has always loved to invent new things, new options and possibilities, find different solutions and think outside the box. I believe that creativity, open mindedness and extraordinary thinking are useful traits for studying at university and later working in the field of the environmental sciences.
Seabird and shorebird surveys at the Kartong Bird Observatory
Our Star of the Future, Dembo Jatta, tells us about identifying colour-ringed birds in The Gambia for the Kartong Bird Observatory.