For the past 2 months I have been trying to go on a short trip with my family to no avail. It’s been a mix of the weather not cooperating (continuous rain) and people being busy. I also haven’t gone birding in a month due to a project I’m working on for my business, launching tomorrow. In the absence of trips, I’ll let you in on what I’ve observed on previous travels.
For a long time, environmental conservation has been viewed as the work of activists, professionals and institutions in the conservation field only. The rest of us just observe from the outside. However, in recent years there’s been a shift towards citizen science. It’s catching on slowly but with impressive results.
I first went to Lk. Ol Bolosat last year during the July waterfowl census. I was excited since it was a new destination and I was eager to see just how cold it would get. Little did I know that an accident would unfold, in terms of me drowning and almost being swept away by the water. I decided to go back last month to make peace with the lake, so to speak.
I had really been looking to go on a trip to refresh the mind after the accident in June. Unfortunately the one I found was postponed. There was no word on the July Waterfowl Census so I thought it had been cancelled. The earliest trip happened to be a whole month later (20- 22 July). I was invited by a friend to join his friends in going to Maasai Mara.
June was an eventful month for me. It began with the trip to Menengai crater being cancelled- disappointing since I had not gone camping in a while. Oh well. Then I held my 3rd hair event of the year 🙂 (highlights here). The attendance was low but those who came were supportive. The rest of the month was average until one of the scariest events in my life happened.
Yep, I’ve been writing and sharing stories on here for 3 years now. 3 years of travel which began with my visit to South Africa then morphed into exploring my own country. During this time I have paid for countable trips- a good number of my travels have been free. Don’t ask me how. God is awesome. 🙂
Climate change and global warming for the most part sound like abstract concepts. The U.S. President even denies that they are real! But if you really pay attention you’ll realize that these are serious problems. For me one of the most shocking signs was the drying up of the waterfall at Paradise Lost, Nairobi.
Have you ever travelled out of boredom? That was me on the last Saturday of March. I didn’t want to stay at home yet the friends I was trying to meet kept blue ticking me. And that is how I found myself visiting the Nairobi War Cemetery to pass the time.
The Nairobi Arboretum is an underrated location in my opinion. Maybe people don’t know what’s available there, or the fact that there’s no PSV route passing close by discourages them from going. It’s quite a walk from University Way/ Nyerere Rd roundabout, but once you get there it’s worth it.
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.