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Dressing to amaze

July 1, 2021

Choosing a soul mate is not an easy task. Many things are factored in, with the potential mate required to meet a set of minimums for consideration. Even if it means traversing rough terrains, climbing hills or descending steep valleys and slopes, the mission of pursuing a soul mate largely depends on a strategy invested […]

Guardians of the Mount Kenya forest ecosystem

July 1, 2021

The Mount Kenya Biodiversity Conservation Group (Mt Kebio) is one of the Site Support Groups (SSGs) of Nature Kenya in the Central region. The SSG works with local communities alongside conservation authorities to conserve the critical Mount Kenya forest ecosystem. Rampant cases of deforestation, the disappearance of rare species like the Kenyan Jewel damselfly, Abbot’s […]

Overcoming the Covid Storm!

July 1, 2021

The risk of getting Covid-19 is still very high. The more infectious variant is with us. Despite these dangers we hope our members remain safe and well, engaged and cheerful. We remain careful – wearing masks, washing hands and working from home when we can. Membership activities are taking place with caution. The ‘Lungs for […]

Birding on Mt. Kenya

June 10, 2021

Dawn approaches, and Mount Kenya is preparing to wake up. The African sun, to the east, is on the rise, casting its rays over Kenya’s tallest mountain. Members of the Mount Kenya Biodiversity Conservation Group are on a bird-watching adventure. Their destination is Gathioryu forest, a block of the Mount Kenya forest. Armed with binoculars, […]

Safety in nesting

May 28, 2021

One Saturday afternoon, I took my five-year-old to a shopping mall. As usual, there were a lot of sale items on display at the mall. One, in particular, caught her attention: a dome tent. Curiously, she peeped inside the tent and asked me if she could have it as her home. I promised to buy […]

Birds uniting people

May 21, 2021

On Saturday, May 8th, Kenya joined the rest of the world to appreciate birds around them during the eBird Global Big Day. More than 51,000 people from 192 countries took part in arguably one of the biggest global bird watching event. The day saw a record one billion bird observations registered! Kenya ranked 6th in […]

Now you see me, now you don’t

May 11, 2021

The ‘Birds of East Africa’ second edition by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe describes this bird as a ‘tiny secretive quail-like birds, usually only seen when flushed (and hard to flush a second time)’. I must confess that the Common Buttonquail aptly fits this description.     We bumped into this elusive bird on our way to the […]

Croc here to stay?

May 5, 2021

In February, we reported the sighting of a Nile Crocodile on the banks of the Nairobi River at the Michuki Memorial Park. Interest, fear and skepticism greeted news of this unusual sighting in equal measure. Guess what, our reptile friend is still around, at the very same spot! Today we stumbled on the croc, doing […]

Sighting a Rare Leucistic Ring-necked Dove

May 4, 2021

Ring-necked Doves (Streptopelia capicola) are common birds in our gardens, parks and even in towns in dry country. They are grey in colour, with darker colours on their back, the iconic black feathered collar and black eyes. Sighting a leucistic Ring necked Dove in the bushes of Ilekunyeti village (2 degrees south and 37 degrees […]

Exploring Mida Creek

May 4, 2021

A blend of red, orange and yellow paints the sky whilst the setting sun casts silvery glitters on the vast expanse of Mida Creek, a tidal inlet in Kilifi County. On the beach, hundreds of silhouettes of birds move with the constant ebb and flow of waves. A suspended boardwalk cutting through the dense thicket […]