World Wetlands Day is marked on Feb 2nd every year to highlight the importance of wetlands. They provide habitats & nesting grounds for birds and other wildlife, are a natural waste purifier and affect rainfall patterns. This year I’m recounting my January 2019 Waterfowl Census experience.
When in the Kinangop Highlands in September last year, we saw Mt. Eburu at a distance from a vantage point. I wondered if maybe I could hike it one day and what do you know, Nature Kenya organised a hike to that same mountain in December. Read on to catch up on my experience there.
2017- 2018 were years that whacked me in the face in a number of ways. One of them is working on an article on forest conservation in Kenya as agreed with an editor of a certain magazine… only for him to not publish it. In addition he failed to answer my follow up emails. I decided that my work must be seen either way. This is the article that never made it to the January- March 2018 edition of magazine.
Birthdays are supposed to be times of celebration, right? But not so much for me. 2018 has been quite the year. Some of the most savage and some of the most amazing things have happened to me all in the same year. I’m yet to recover from some of the nasty experiences while simultaneously celebrating the good ones, so I’m in a mixed feelings type of space. Was listening to a certain preacher who said “…when every birthday is just a reminder of all the things you haven’t accomplished yet…” and I felt that. Yet looking back at the year I’ve achieved many things I’ve never imagined doing…
Mount Kilimambogo. I see it every day from my bedroom window. We have an epic view from our estate gate as well. I had been fascinated by it for a long time since we moved here. It had been my intention to go there this year- first by April, then by August. Finally got to do it in October.
This year I’ve been making deliberate efforts to travel more as opposed to waiting for trips to be announced. From the day I found out by looking at Google Maps that there are several places near home that I can visit, I realized I have no excuse to not travel. I began by going to Chania Falls in March, and Fourteen Falls in September.
Travel, just like birding, is addictive. Once you love it you’ll never go back. And so after realising that I hadn’t taken a trip the whole of August, I resolved to do so in September. That’s how I ended up going for my first Nature Kenya Youth Committee trip to Kinangop Highlands.
I can’t believe I’ve been to Magadi twice this year. The place is so fascinating to me. It’s wild and looks like somewhere on another planet. I don’t know how animals and plants thrive there. My first experience in January involved the drama of walking barefoot through muddy pools and on sharp pebbles. The second visit in July had drama also, but of a different kind.
Nairobi is quite the interesting city. From the only national park within a capital city to interesting urbanscapes, there’s so much to see. My preference is for nature but I don’t mind exploring other sights that Nairobi has to offer. So when I came across the Nai Ni Who poster, I was excited to see which tours I could attend.
Before this year, it had been long since I visited the Giraffe Centre in Karen, Nairobi. Too long- almost 20 years actually. So when it was announced during a bird walk in June that we’d be going there, I was elated. One thing about Nairobi is that there’s so much to see. But sadly most residents don’t explore these places. In this post I give you a chance to virtually experience the Centre.