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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.