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offshorebirder posted a topic in Latest Conservation news and talkA crack team of field ornithologists recently completed a raptor survey in Northern Kenya. Darcy Ogada of the Peregrine Fund has put together a remarkable report with photos. Darcy also comments on some causes for concern and reasons for hope in the region. The report is here: http://www.globalraptors.org/grin/researchers/uploads/580/raptor_survey_of_northern_kenya_final.pdf The photo supplement is here: http://www.globalraptors.org/grin/researchers/uploads/580/photo_supplement_raptor_surveys_turkana.pdf I have been corresponding with Darcy about the Lake Turkana wind power project - bird mortality (particularly migrating birds) from wind farms is one of my conservation pet peeves. Here is a photo she shared of the emerging "Cuisinart Landscape" near Lake Turkana: Below is Darcy's announcement of the report with some additional details. ------------------------------- Hi all, Some of you may be aware that our team (Martin Odino, Peter Wairasho, Ben Mugambi and myself) recently conducted a 2-week raptor survey in the far north of Kenya. I have attached our report and a separate file of photographs from this trip. Sorry, both files are large. Given that most people involved in conservation know so little about this region, we feel it important to share this information as widely as possible. We also hope this report will raise awareness about the threats to conservation in this region. We realise ours was a limited survey, but a few conservation issues deserve particular mention. Specifically, the near complete lack of large mammals in Sibiloi National Park, apart from livestock. Also, the amount of charcoal production along the road from Sololo to Moyale, in particular. The summary of our report is as follows: Given the rapid development of northern Kenya and the number of large-scale infrastructure projects that are planned for this region, we undertook a two-week road survey to document raptors in this little-studied region. A team of four observers recorded all raptors seen during road transects over 2356 km in the areas of eastern Lake Turkana, Illeret, Huri Hills, Forolle, Moyale, Marsabit and Laisamis. Given how little is known about the biodiversity in this region we also recorded observations of large mammals, reptiles and non-raptorial birds. Our surveys were conducted immediately after one of the heaviest rainy periods in this region in recent memory. We recorded 770 raptors for an average of 33 raptors/100 km. We recorded 31 species, which included two Palaearctic migrants, Black Kite (Milvus migrans) and Montagu’s Harrier, despite our survey falling outside of the typical migratory period. The most abundant raptors were Rüppell’s Vultures followed by Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Hooded Vulture and Yellow-billed Kite (M.
Good Morning, fellow Safaritalkers. I hope you're all well. I'm working on building an itinerary for the ultimate Northern Kenya experience. This will be a long trip, led by myself, exploring far Northern Kenya's wildlife, scenery, cultures, history, and environmental issues. I'd like to gauge everyone's interest here in such a trip to find out if there's enough demand for it. Some basics about the trip: - Accommodation throughout the trip will be in dome tents, cottages/bandas, and occasionally out in the open. - Simple, but hearty, food will be provided by a chef accompanying the trip. - Transport will be in Land Cruisers with trailers for luggage and equipment The potential to have 1 or 2 specialized experts along on the trip also exists (potentially a L. Turkana hydrology expert and/or a paleontology expert from the National Museum) depending on traveler's budgets. This trip would focus on, but would not be limited to: - Lake Turkana - history and environmental factors - The Nilotes and the Cushites: Several lesser-known people groups continue to practice their traditional ways of life (much more so than the famous Maasai and Samburu) in Northern Kenya. The El Molo (the world's most 'endangered' people group), the Turkana, the Gabbra, the Rendille, the Borana, the Ilmusei, etc. - Geology and paleontology: Koobi Fora (Sibiloi National Park) and Loyiangalani are famous for their paleontological findings. The history of the findings is as interesting as the findings themselves. Kalacha and Loyiangalani are also home to some interesting millenia-old rock art which is not very well known to many people. The whole of Northern Kenya is also very volcanic, with craters and fissures dotting the landscape, there's much to be explored. We'll also spend time criss-crossing the Chalbi Desert, a fascinating place of stark, harsh beauty. - Wildlife: While the harsh, arid desert-scapes of the North aren't known for an abundance of wildlife, they nevertheless support a huge amount of biodiversity, from Top and Beisa Oryx to White Crowned Starlings and Masked Larks, from rare Euphorbias to undescribed insects and desert Cheetah. We'll most likely end the trip with a tad bit of luxury and relaxation at a lodge/camp in Samburu/Shaba/B.S. National Reserve. I'm very open to suggestions at this stage and will certainly tailor the trip specifically towards the individual interests/desires of anyone who signs up for it. I'm excited to run this trip - extreme Northern Kenya is an enchanting area. That part of the country is just so unique and captures the imagination so strongly.
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