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.
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.
As I mentioned in my previous post, this year I was determined to attend all the waterfowl census to be held in & around Nairobi in July. Especially those which I missed in January, like the one at Nairobi National Park. I have been to the Park several times before, but to see the mammals. This would be a different experience no doubt.
Unlike last year July when I was held up with work, this year I had free time. I was determined to go for all the Waterfowl Census exercises in/ around Nairobi. Also, this year’s July census was actually going to happen unlike last year which flopped. And so on the appointed day to visit Manguo Swamp, I arrived at the Museum early. It was a chilly day yet we were going to Limuru, which is always colder than Nairobi. Would we make it?
In January this year I’d really wanted to go for the Waterfowl Census at Lake Ol Bolosat, Nyahururu. I had even been selected. But I let the chance go because I was swamped with assignments for an interview. I felt bad missing the trip but I was tired of being broke- hopefully I would finally get a good writing job. And I did. Not the one I was being interviewed for, but another one ( https://www.zedamagazine.com/author/michelle-ajema/). I was determined to go for the July census despite the cold. Read on to find out how it went…
If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you know I’ve been talking about Waterfowl Census. This exercise is important as it helps to track the changes in water bird species numbers, which in turn aids in monitoring the health of wetlands. It’s also important for travel enthusiasts like me since we get to take trips for free. In this post we explore the last of this year’s January census.
As promised a few weeks ago, today’s post covers a Waterfowl Census closer (to my) home. There are 2 categories of census: those out of town and others near Nairobi. Thika Sewage Treatment Plant falls in the latter. And so I was eager to attend this one. At least I didn’t have to wake up at an insane hour to make it, since it’s so near. Or so I thought. The day threw me a big surprise!