It’s day who-knows-what of self isolation since Kenya announced its first case of COVID-19 and I really miss being outdoors. The fact that no one knows how long this will last is what’s taking its toll more than anything. That and being holed up in the house with family all day, every day. Introverts will tell you they need breathing space from others every so often. On this last day of April, I’m thinking about the shortest bird census I’ve done so far.
January almost ended without a post! I’ve challenged myself to do at least one post every month, and for the past almost 4 years, I’ve managed. The year started well and then things started going sideways. The waterfowl census was postponed by 2 weeks, then I missed one of the trips due to organizational challenges, work was crazy and I was drowning in responsibilities…By the time last weekend was rolling around I was in dire need of a mental break.
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.
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. 🙂
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.