Remember the Rhino fieldworkfail? Here are some #Rhinofacts, with the help of Gayle Pedersen:
(more to come in the next hours)
That’s the average of all your guesses! You were no less than 48 yesterday trying to guess the final number of backers, with answers going from 921 to 1302.
1080, why not? It would be great if we could reach the backers prediction, so to have the odds in our favor I decided to merge together all remaining stretch goals to a giant, greater stretch goal. It makes or breaks!!
If we reach 1080 backers, I will add four extra pages to the book, will translate the book in French, and will give two extra postcards to every backer of the (physical) book!
I don’t need to tell you that reaching this new objective or not relies a lot on you, throughout these 5 final days 🙂
If you want to help me reaching it, please spread the word! Do you have Facebook? Twitter? Do you talk with friends or family ? They’re already 3 different ways to spread the project, so we could make it.
Let’s do this!!
The Kickstarter campaign for the Fieldworkfail Book is coming to his final week!!
I couldn’t be more pleased with the evolution of the campaign. I received a lot of help and support, a lot of people are very motivated to make this project happen!
We just passed the fourth stretch goal this morning. That’s great!! It adds again 2 pages to the book 🙂
Ends of campaign are often intense, so I think there is still possibility for two or three stretch goals next week! Who knows?
Do you want to play a game? Give in the comments – before tomorrow same time – an estimate of the final number of backers, I’ll give to the closest guess a free giclee print!!
My personal try is 1250 backers. We are still far, but a lot of things can happen before the end of the week…
I’d be curious to read yours!!
[Updated June 2016]
We continue with Anne the serie of questions !
Where were you at this moment?
I was in Serengeti National Park [in Tanzania] working as a research assistant for the Serengeti Cheetah project. One of the aims of the project was to find out which male cheetahs fathered cubs. To do so we collected the poop of as many cheetahs as possible to get their DNA.
What drove you to this field ?
I’ve always loved animals, and being able to be in the wild and watch and puzzle over animal behavior is what attracted me to field biology.
Did #Fieldworkfail had any impact on your professional life ?
#fieldworkfail makes small talk with other biologists so much easier. Whenever a awkward pause threatens to emerge, I just ask them for their best #fieldworkfail story. Works especially well with senior scientists because they tend to have a lot of stories.
We are so close to being fully funded. Thank you for your overwhelming support!
Yesterday a friend asked me to tell more about the last reward, the « watercolor painted in Amazon rainforest ».
Good idea. Let me tell you the little story behind this reward (and also about a new one coming).
It was a few months ago. I already had this blog, illustrating fieldwork fails (but not yet the project of making a book).
And then I received a message from a Peruvian scientist, Roxana. She was working in a biological station in Amazon rainforest, Southeast Peru, in one of the most preserved natural places in the world.
In Cocha Cashu, the name of the field station, researchers and scientists conduct studies in the site, on like primates, birds, jaguars, and forest composition.
Roxana kindly invited me to come to Cocha Cashu, as a cooperation between scientists and artists! I would be honored to participate to the communication of the biological station and visit such a place, so of course I accepted!
It’s a place quite cut off from the rest of the world, there is only boats once every 2 weeks and it takes several days to go there. I would stay a whole month there, sketching and observing the scientists who themselves observe animals 😉
I plan to go to the biological station in October/November and I hope I could post a lot of sketches and illustrations in the fieldworkfail blog. I’d like to draw the rainforest and capture the life in Cocha Cashu. There is also the possibility for me to illustrate some live fieldwork fails while there. These may be things that interest all of you 🙂
The watercolor proposed in the reward would be one of the watercolors I plan to paint during this month of Cosha Cashu fieldwork.
As a sample of these watercolors might look like, here are some watercolors I did on the other side of the Amazon rainforest, in French Guyana.
Because I plan to sketch a lot at Cocha Cashu, I’m also creating a new reward : « Deluxe Set + Sketch ».
These are examples of sketches I draw with pen and ink.
(here again in French Guyana)
I plan to allow Cocha Cashu to use copies of the drawings I create for education and communication purposes. Originals though will be available in the rewards for the FieldworkFail Kickstarter project. 🙂
Cosha Cachu’s mission is to contribute to the knowledge and conservation of tropical biological diversity.
Thanks for reading this update and being part of our journey so far!!
We are now VERY close to be fully funded. Maybe tomorrow, or even tonight if we’re very lucky!! Thank you for so much support!
I was planning to add some news for the halfway milestone, but because of you, the Kickstarter went so fast it already is beyond 66% FUNDED, with more than 200 backers!
Another great news: The project has been featured by Kickstarter!
You’ll see on the project page a little heart: it means the Kickstarter staff selected the project as “Project We Love”, giving it much more visibility from the Kickstarter categories (so far, 20% of the backers have found the project directly on Kickstarter).
I am very grateful about all the help I received the last days. Backing, sharing, and various offers of direct help.
Thank you all for such an amazing launch. Let’s keep the momentum going!
Thanks a lot!! Many of you shared the project and backed it. It’s not just a good start, it’s a great start!!
Thanks also for all your messages of encouragement, it means a lot for me.
Now with more than 80 backers the project seems closer to become reality, let’s hope we can keep the momentum for the coming days!