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October Global Big Birding Day Update

November 2, 2020

The eBird October Big Day in Kenya has been a big success. Kenya has placed 6th globally with a total of 816 species reported on the day, from 258 checklists submitted. We were beaten by five South American countries, four of which posted day totals of more than 1000 species. To give you all an […]

Rice growing boosts forest restoration in the Tana River Delta

November 2, 2020

Until recently, Ozi was considered a major community grown rice-producing area in the Tana River Delta. Seawater intrusion, however, forced communities to abandon rice growing in the area. At the time, the rice variety cultivated could not survive in brackish waters. Communities sought alternative livelihood activities, some of which were not good for the mangrove […]

Bird and human mutualism: The Greater Honeyguide and honey-hunters

August 4, 2020

Greater Honeyguides know where bees’ nests are located and like to eat beeswax; humans know how to subdue the bees using fire, and open the nest using axes. By working together, the two species can locate the bee nest, overcome the bees’ defences and gain access to the nest, thus providing beeswax for the honeyguides […]

Improving livelihoods in the Yala Ecosystem through chicken farming

June 30, 2020

You are likely to find indigenous chicken or Kuku Kienyeji on almost all menus in the eateries you visit. Many years of research and improvements on indigenous chicken breeds have made them one of Kenya’s most sought-after delicacies and rearing them a popular business undertaking. Improved local chicken breed possesses characteristics like their ability to […]

Celebrating the use of technology in tracking bird migration

June 8, 2020

The news of the nonstop return flight of a Common Cuckoo from Kenya to Bangladesh on its way home to Mongolia is one of the highlights of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day. The cuckoo departed from Kenya on April 29, passed through Somalia on May 1, and flew 6,300 kilometers over six and a […]

World Migratory Bird Day and eBird Global Big Day Round-up

June 8, 2020

The World Migratory Bird Day – a celebration of the wonder of bird migration – coincided with the eBird Global Big Day on 9 May 2020. The eBird Global Big Day is a bird sighting event where birders all over the world observe birds on the same day and submit their observations on the eBird […]

Climate Smart Agriculture for Kenya’s Coffee Sector

May 6, 2020

Coffee is one of Kenya’s mainstay cash crops. Its contribution to the economy as a major foreign exchange earner and source of income cannot be understated. However, recent research by the Kenya Coffee Research Institute reveals that climate change has caused shifts in rainfall and temperature regimes distorting the health and productivity of Kenya’s ‘Black […]

Conservation in the time of COVID-19

April 29, 2020

We are living in extraordinary times. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone and everything everywhere. The Kenya Government has given directives to help reduce the spread. Nairobi, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties are locked-in. Social distancing and face masks are a must. Gatherings are not allowed. Cashless business transactions are encouraged.  Nature Kenya management, staff […]

The legacy of the Osprey: Yala Ecosystem Site Support Group benefits from birdwatching training

April 29, 2020

Since the sighting and rescue of the ringed Osprey from Finland in Usalu village, Siaya County, there has been growing interest among local people to learn about birdwatching and the birds found in the Yala Swamp Ecosystem. Aspiring birders and nature enthusiasts hope to tap into the unexploited potential of bird-tourism as a way of […]

Bulking Centre set to Revolutionise Papyrus Product Business in Yala

April 29, 2020

If you have travelled to the western part of Kenya, especially to papyrus-rich areas bordering Lake Victoria and Yala Swamp, you have probably spotted the beautiful papyrus crafts displayed on the roadside. It’s as if advertising the multiple possibilities of how this plant can be put to use. Nearly every part of the papyrus plant […]