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Celebrating Migratory Bird Ambassadors in Kenya


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Fleur receiving her award from Florian Keil of UNEP- AEWA photo by Caroline Njoki
Lake Elementaita which is held in high regard as an Important Bird Area, Ramsar Site and World Heritage Site is a key breeding site for the Great White Pelicans as well as a wildlife haven.

 

The month of March was very special for Kenya as citizens peacefully voted in their leaders to serve them for the next five years. In conservation, another milestone was achieved in regards to unravelling the breeding aspects of the Clarke’s Weaver that had remained unknown. The tireless and dedicated efforts of Fleur Ng’weno (Executive Secretary of Nature Kenya) and members of Dakatcha IBA Site Support Group led them to a seasonal wetland in Dakatcha where several hundreds of the bird was observed busy displaying, building nests and feeding young. The mystery would have been remained were it not for a decision by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) not to grant an Italian Company the greenlight to convert 50,000 hectares of Dakatcha woodland for large-scale growing of Jatropha- a biodiesel crop. The discovery comes with extra challenges as we not only have the woodland to worry about but also the wetland, said Dr. Paul Matiku, the Executive Director of Nature Kenya upon receiving news of this finding.

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