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Promoting sustainable livelihoods to conserve the Tana River Delta

February 3, 2021

The lush, green fields make it difficult to imagine the calamities that Idsowe village within the vast Tana River Delta experiences whenever floods or drought strike. The Tana River Delta is a land of alternating flood and drought. In the old days, people moved when disaster struck. This is no longer feasible. So today, farmers […]

Invasive Prosopis trapping flamingos at Lake Bogoria

February 3, 2021

Pink spots across the blue-green water; the low grunting sound of thousands of feeding flamingos in the distance –Lake Bogoria’s alkaline water creates a haven for almost a quarter of the world’s Lesser Flamingos after their breeding season in Tanzania’s Lake Natron. This year, however, as one nears the shore the scene changes – dozens […]

Lesser Flamingos turning up in unexpected places, including sewage treatment plants

February 3, 2021

Water levels continue to rise in the Rift Valley lakes. As a result, the alkalinity of some of the lakes is dropping. Changes in the lakes’ chemistry are causing a shift in the ecology of alkaline lakes, whose pH levels have decreased. The adjacent terrestrial habitats have also been affected, with large portions submerged in […]

Predator-Proof Bomas – A new dimension in human-wildlife conflict resolution

January 6, 2021

As the sun sets in the Maasai Mara, Narok County, neighbouring herders usher their livestock to the bomas (livestock enclosures) for the night. For Joshua Salaash the experience is different today – Joshua is leading his herd of cattle into a newly constructed eco-friendly and secure predator-proof boma. In March 2020, Joshua lost six sheep […]

Cut one, plant two

December 3, 2020

One of the results of deforestation is global warming. Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. When we cut trees, a lot of the carbon dioxide released finds its way into the atmosphere. The carbon combines with other gases and absorbs sunlight. Normally, the radiation is supposed to […]

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 […]