The Covid 19 situation in Kenya is still concerning. The Government is encouraging those at high risk to get the Covid 19 vaccination. The risk of catching Covid 19 anywhere in Kenya remains very high. We continue being vigilant – wearing masks, washing hands and working from home when we can. We are doing all we can to keep staff and members safe!
Membership activities are taking place with caution:
- A virtual talk: Birds and Tourism by Titus Imboma will be held on 13th August
- Wednesday Morning and Sunday Bird walks will continue this month. See back page for details.
- The Nature Kenya office is closed. However, membership can be renewed online http://naturekenya.org/support/membership/ or via M-Pesa. Books, honey, etc. may be purchased online or with M-Pesa (Paybill 100300, Account: write in your purchase) and collected on Mondays or by arrangement. Ring the bell at the entrance of the office behind the galleries.
- Members will continue to receive an electronic version of the Nature Net.
- The EANHS/NMK Library is open to the public. Museum galleries and sites are open to the public under Ministry of Health guidelines (as of the end of July 2021).
- A successful Golf Day was held in July.
In July 2021, actions to save species, conserve habitats, encourage ecological sustainability and empower people were implemented at various sites:
Trained community scouts from the Sabaki River Conservation and Development Organization (SARICODO) initiated voluntary patrols at the Sabaki River Estuary. At the Tana River Delta, the Tana Delta Conservation Network (TDCN) conducted biodiversity monitoring, reportat the Delta.
Biodiversity monitoring conducted by the Mt. KEBIO site support group (SSG) recorded the occurrence of Abbott's Starling at the Chehe Forest Block in Mount Kenya. In Ruma National Park, the SSG conducted monitoring of the threatened Blue Swallow at the park jointly with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
In Kisumu, at the Dunga swamp adjacent to Lake Victoria, Friends of Dunga Swamp SSG undertook waterfowl counts that revealed a population increase of the Near Threatened Papyrus Gonolek, despite rising lake water levels and ecosystem disturbance. Biodiversity monitoring also took place in North Nandi and South Nandi; and in Mumoni and Mutitu forests in Kitui County.
Nature Kenya is restoring forests, grasslands and bushlands using participatory approaches. In the Tana Delta, 600 kgs of assorted grass seed was seeded in an area of 1.54 Ha in 25 villages. These will function as grass seed banks to be source of grass seed for restoring grasslands for livestock, wildlife and carbon sequestration. The Mida Creek Conservation and Awareness Group (MCCG) planted 2,100 mangrove trees courtesy of Millennial Environmentalists in partnership with Blue Earth Organization.
Advocacy and Awareness Creation
There is a proposal to mine Titanium ore about 100 meters from Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Nature Kenya worked closely with community groups in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest to voice concerns. The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Adjacent Dwellers Association (ASFADA) coordinated three Community Forest Associations (Gede, Sokoke, and Jilore CFAs) who submitted comments seeking review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the proposed titanium mining. The groups together with Nature Kenya want the titanium mining site moved at least 400 meters from edge of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.
The Busia Environment Conservation Education Programme voiced their concerns against the proposed installation of a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) facility in a wetland at the Busia grasslands Key Biodiversity Area (KBA).
The Yala Ecosystem Site Support Group generated KSh. 2.3 million from the sale of climate-smart agricultural produce, papyrus products, fish, honey, tree seedlings and ecotourism. In Dakatcha Woodland, members of the Dakatcha Woodland Conservation Group successfully hatched 120 chicks using an incubator supplied by Nature Kenya.
Please support us as we work towards a greener future!
For clarifications or to report your observations on species and sites, kindly contact us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 3537568, 0780 149200, 0751 624312, 0771 343138
Dr. Paul Matiku,
Executive Director, Nature Kenya – the East Africa Natural History Society