Sean Whittaker: Do you remember when we first met?
Frank Hawkins: I’m pretty sure it would be in one of the very agreeable restaurants in the capital of Madagascar, known as Tana.
Sean: I think it was in 1994. By that time you had been there for how long?
Frank: I first went there in 1987.
Sean: When I first met you it was kind of intimidating, because I’d heard about you — people said “Frank knows more about birds in Madagascar than anyone on the planet.” And I probably knew the least about birds than anyone, because I came there to do windmills.
Frank: Basically what I did for 20 years was spend as much time as I could go into the more recondite little corners of the country and figuring out was going on in terms of the ecology. And you were there building windmills.
Sean: I just had this little project that I was pursuing, I had received some money from the Canadian Development Agency and my job was just to design and build and install and maintain these windmills for water pumping.