Monthly Archives: August 2009

Huge Bird deaths in Thika, Kenya

We have just recieved reports that there has been a huge die off of birds at the Thika sewage works just north of Nairobi. This sewage works has been a favourite place for birders as it attracts a huge diversity and massive congregations of birds local and migrants A team from Ornithology dept NMK in […]

Caution with ‘my’ poachers

Normally the term poacher brings out the impression that these are fellows hunting average sized to big game. In normal circumstances, ‘normal’poachers hunt game exclusively benefiting entirely from game meat sale and no other activity. I mean they are more or less specialized to this activity targettting ,mostly herbivores. In Bunyala, poachers are bird hunters […]

No Lions in Kenya in 20 years?!

Dear readers, This information is found in Telegraph. co.uk.(August 18th, 2009) Conservationists have warned that lions may become extinct in Kenya within the next 20 years unless urgent action is taken to save them. Kenya is annually losing an average of 100 of its 2,000 lions due to growing human settlements, increasing farming, climate change […]

Raptors continue to be targeted for poisoning in Scotland

Another case of raptor poisoning is under investigation in Scotland by Tayside Police’s wildlife section and CID officials. The good thing however is that the community’s involvement may just be the beginning of the end to such poisoning. Alma, a two year Golden Eagle succumbed to poisoning in Glenesk. Brechin Community Council vice-convener raised the […]

Small Beauties

Dear readers, Despite the on-going poisoning of birds, some smaller species survive unharmed by the direct poisoning particularly due to their mode of feeding. Angola Swallow: I refer to them as ‘dirty’ Barn Swallows. They are however non-mogratory unlike the Barn Swallows.They are specialist insect eaters ‘on the wing’. Winding Cisticola: they belong to the […]

Masked Long-term effects of Pesticide Toxicity

University of Pittsburgh researchers have reported in the September edition of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry that the four-day testing period the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commonly uses to determine safe levels of pesticide exposure for humans and animals could fail to account for the toxins’ long-term effects. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry article reports “lag […]

Heritage sunken in Poisoning Tragedy

Dear readers, today’s post is a non-poisoning post of a section of my study site. A ‘cool off’ post I would brand it. In Bunyala have stood where local legends stood….no, died! Until the 80’s, the villagers congreagated at the south western end of the study site (Munaka)to watch their young men wrestle, drink local […]

A Conservation Researcher’s Frustration

An officer in his office at PCPB is discussing with his accomplice from JUANCO of their next useful yet again lucrative agrochemical deal. In parliament, politicians are struggling to have patronage over the solving of the cases by the perpetrators of Kenya’s post-election violence.A continent away, a scientist is working away on a computer at […]

On-going bird Poisoning and Rising Furadan Supply

A few days ago, I finished administering questionnaires and interviewing people in Bunyala about the issue of bird poisoning. Disturbing findings came up: vitually the entire population knows about Furadan and its toxicity yet majority of the immediate population at the rice scheme feed on poisoned birds; poachers say Furadan is banned but it continues […]

The cost of rescuing a captive (decoy) stork

“No you cannot afford this bird.” ranted the ‘poacher’, clearly getting irritated. “I will pay double the amount it would cost a dead bird,” I made my bidding. “KSh.5000!”,the poacher stated his quotation, sounding not at all amused. A newly captured open-billed stork soon to become a decoy. Ksh.5000 bob is its mimimal value! This […]