Let’s Go to the Kingwal Swamp

Let’s Go to the Kingwal Swamp

Let’s go to the Kingwal Swamp. I have been thinking about it for some time and I think it’s time I seriously squeeze it into my next adventures. Stay tuned, I will share how it will unfold. For now, let us get to know a little about this swamp.

Where is Kingwal Swamp found?

It is a wetland located in Nandi County off the Eldoret-Kisumu highway. Covers approximately 10,000 hectares that includes some part of the land donated by the community to the wildlife.

It is a home for the rare and endangered semi-aquatic antelope species, Sitatunga. As well as different species of birds and reptiles.

It’s main source of water is the river Keses.

It’s uniqueness

It is believed to have the largest population of the endangered Sitatunga in the world.

Therefore a very important home for these disappearing antelopes.

The communities and involved bodies are working together to ensure these species don’t get extinct.

What can we enjoy at the Kingwal Swamp

Enjoy viewing and spotting wildlife. The swamp hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Although for the Sitatungas, you may miss them as they are very shy and secretive.

Being a wetland, birds can be easily found in the areas. Hence one of the best spot for bird watchers.

Hiking. It has several trails that you can take long nature walks.

Its located within the Nandi community allowing you a chance to enjoy their cultures.

What do you think?

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Do you believe in Scientists?

Do you believe in Scientists?

Do you believe in Scientists? Or you see them as different people who scare us with possibilities?

Some time back some people thought scientist was against religion and hence distanced themselves from them. They saw them as obstacles to believing in the higher believe.

But instead, they help us understand things in our planet. We get to understand different cells in our bodies and their functions. We broaden our knowledge on the chemical properties surrounding us. As well as get to have a deeper understanding on all biological structures and effects on us.

Through science, life became bearable and easy to live. We were able to get medicines and stopped dying from diseases that were curable. It also provided means to understand our interconnection relationships better.

Science provides answers with evidence attached. No guesswork allowed and research is done several times to confirm.

Who is a scientist?

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Do you have butterflies in your stomach?

Do you have butterflies in your stomach?

Do you have butterflies in your stomach? You will have a reason to have them after reading this.

Butterfly

Butterflies are amazing insects that have four stages in their life cycle. That is, egg – larvae – pupa – butterfly.

The larvae which is also known as caterpillar, does a lot of eating to ensure that the metamorphosis (process involved during these stages of its life cycle ) is a success. A group of caterpillars is known as an army.

The pupa stage is a stagnant one. Nothing happens from outside but a lot happens within. This is the stage that our butterfly transforms. A group of butterflies is known as either a kaleidoscope or warm.

Butterflies have been used in idoms , sayings, just to show how close they are to us.

They play a very important role in pollination hence making our food production possible. This is because they feed on the nectar from flowers. In the process pollens get stuck to their wings. As they fly from one flower to another, they transport thses pollens to these flowers.

They are approximately over 18500 species of butterflies in our planet.

What does butterflies symbolise in our society?

  • Endurance
  • Change
  • Hope
  • Life

Did you know?

Butterflies are found everywhere in the world except in Antarctica.

Conservation status

  • In the U.S.A, there are more than 20 butterflies and moths listed as endangered.
  • Queen Alexandra’s birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world. The species is endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES, making international trade illegal.
  • Black grass-dart butterfly is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is endemic to New South Wales. It has a very limited distribution in the Boambee area
  • The monarch butterflies are declining in population too.

Causes to their extinct

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Hiking is the answer

Hiking is the answer

Hiking is the answer, if you feel overwhelmed and almost giving up on something you are working on or yourself.

Do you feel as if there’s no thing that has a point in life? You don’t see the need to do anything or be with anyone , any more. It’s like no life is left with you. You are in auto play mode , just doing stuff for the sake of it. No motivation or will within.

If you had a way out, you would gladly take it. But unfortunately you can’t see any. So you just operate like a zombie gone back to life. Nothing excite you at more. Not even your favorite Netflix show or game or your lovely pet. The whoe point is gone and you are stuck with yourself.

What qualifies to be a hike?

It involves a long walk or walking tour.

But don’t confuse it to be just a walk.

The difference is that hiking is when you are walking through a natural scenery or on a mountain. Hiking mostly takes place in mountainous or hilly areas -forests, mountains, and reserved parks. It’s more difficult than walking and might require to using more effort and energy, depending on the terrain

How is hiking an answer?

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Nature and Wildlife should be part of our education

Nature and Wildlife should be part of our education system

Nature and Wildlife should be part of our education system . It should be taught at schools just like the other basic subjects. So as to help kids appreciate and understand more about them from the beginning.

Giving Nature a Voice

Giving Nature a Voice

It’s a programme in Kenya that helps spread conservation education and awareness among the communities. They help young conservationists come up with ideas, help them develop a film and show it on the media. It’s a great tool and support for conservation.

I was lucky to attend one of their meetings yesterday. Whereby they were luncing their next season of films. It was a great experience. Meeting with conservationist across all ages and races. It’s like a cocktail of determined conservationists. Ready to cause positive developments in the world of conservation.

Several people got an opportunity to explain few topics on the conservation status in our country. Aired out the challenges as well as the victories.

The young ones are embracing conservation

The youngsters are embracing conservation too.

There was a group of young students in attendance. They were very vocal and didn’t shy to air out their ideas.

They wondered why wildlife was not taught at schools and wished that would change. They want such important issues to be part of their learning at schools.

I was moved by how good they had researched on the current status of various species in the world. They knew which species were at the verge of extinction. And also understand very well , that media can be a game changer in all these.

They explained how media can be used to help many understand basic information about wildlife and nature. And the fact that, currently, media moves information around in a lightening speed.

So I thought to myself, if those kids learnt about wildlife from few meetings and got that attached to them. To a point of creating their own group to create awareness. What would happen if it was part of their education. How much could they be able to do for the wildlife and nature.

It will also reach those schools in other towns outside Nairobi. Hence extending the coverage.

Education is the Key, Knowledge is Power

Jim Nyamu: The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu : The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu, this thehe man who literally walks for elephants. He has travelled hundreds of miles and crossed several borders on foot for the sake of the elephants.

Who is Jim Nyamu?

His full names being Jim Justus Nyamu.

He is a wildlife conservationist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as an elephant research scientist, no wonder he knows so much about elephants.

He is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbour Center and a leader of Ivory Belong to Elephants movement.

You can read more about his organization at http://elephantcenter.org/

He is a man of the people and gets along with everyone. He will freely interact with the communities and this is evident when huge masses welcomes him into their countries during his walks. Very humble and passionate about the jumbos.

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Jim Nyamu : The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu, this thehe man who literally walks for elephants. He has travelled hundreds of miles and crossed several borders on foot for the sake of the elephants.

Who is Jim Nyamu?

His full names being Jim Justus Nyamu.

He is a wildlife conservationist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as an elephant research scientist, no wonder he knows so much about elephants.

He is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbour Center and a leader of Ivory Belong to Elephants movement.

You can read more about his organization at http://elephantcenter.org/

He is a man of the people and gets along with everyone. He will freely interact with the communities and this is evident when huge masses welcomes him into their countries during his walks. Very humble and passionate about the jumbos.

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Exploring the beautiful Flamingos

Exploring the beautiful Flamingos at the shores of the Lakes.

Exploring the beautiful Flamingos at the shores of the Lakes. The pink line that steals our heart many miles away. Did you know that that line was a colony of flamboyance. Is it that amazing?

Lets know a little bit of these flamingos

Flamingoes are wading birds distributed throughout America Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are known to standing on one of their leg while the one is tucked beneath their bodies.

Did you know that their colour would reveal how healthy they are?

Their pink or reddish color comes from carotenoids of animal and plants plankton in their diet.

Flamingos

A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored, thus a more desirable mate. It can be white or pale if unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception, they may turn a pale pink if they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.

Flamingos are filter feeders and mostly feed on the blue-green algae and other creatures found in the water bodies.

They are filter feeders
They are filter feeders

We have greater and lesser flamingos

Greater flamingos

They are the tallest and heaviest

Lesser flamingos

Shorter and weigh less than their counter parts.

Something interesting to learn about Flamingos in Kenya

In Kenya, they can be found in Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmentaita, Lake Bogoria as well as Lake Magadi.

Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park

They prefer to breed at the Lake Natron in Tanzania. Hence known as their breeding site.

They migrate in huge colonies forming a beautiful V shape in the skies.

Their movements and migration are dictated by need for food or breeding. If the lake lacks enough food, they will gladly migrate to the greener pasture.


Conservation status

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Understanding Planet as an Ecosystem

Understanding Planet as an Ecosystem.

Understanding Planet as an Ecosystem. Earth is an ecosystem as a larger scale.

What is an ecosystem?

Ecosystem refers to an interconnected system.

It’s a biological community that involves interactions between the organisms and their physical environment.

These organisms include humans, animals, micro-organisms, etc. Anything that qualifies to be a living organism.

There are various types of ecosystems. Namely:

  • Forest Ecosystems
  • Grassland Ecosystems
  • Desert Ecosystems
  • Tundra Ecosystems
  • Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Marine Ecosystems

These ecosystems have been classified as per their vegetation types and nature, climatic conditions as well as water type.

They can be subdivided into various other groups when being very specific of an ecosystem in a particular area.

What connects living organisms and their physical environment ?

They are connected by the nutrients cycles and energy flows.

Everything in our planet depend on another thing for basic needs such as food, habitat, reproduction, dispersal, etc.

What happens to this ecosystem when one species is destroyed or goes extinct?

As we have seen we are a connected system. So our survival and quality of life relies on the connections among us. So when one thing is removed, we will surely feel the inbalance.

Food chain vs Food Web in the ecosystem

Foodchain is a linear sequence of organisms which starts from producer organisms and ends with decomposer species. While foodweb is a connection of multiple food chains and follows different lines.

Food web helps understands representation of the energy flow through different organisms in an ecosystem.

In both food chains and food webs, we have producers, consumers and decomposers.

If producers reduced, consumers will have nothing to consume and decomposers will have alot to decompose due to high rates of death as a result of hunger.

The producers need help from insects and other animals so as to disperse, fertilise and reproduce. If these organisms are not present to aid in this process. Producers will eventually die. So there will be no production of food. And the effects will be felt along the chain and web.

Are humans affected directly by the extinction of species in our ecosystem ?

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Plastic Ban In Kenya Score Sheet

Plastic Ban In Kenya Score Sheet

Plastic Ban In Kenya Score Sheet. Time to check how far we are since the ban. Do we have anything to celebrate about? What are the winnings?

On 28th August in 2017, Kenya took the bold step of banning plastic bags. They also introduced heavy fines and jail term for those who may think of defining the law.

The law was not welcomed with an opened arm but with force that paid off. Most people don’t like changes. Especially ones that would make them digger into their pockets. They tried demonstrations,went to the courts, silently rebelling the law.. But they are eventually emnvracing it. SOme of who are praising it. Change is not bad most of the time.

Let’s see what we have achieved so far

Kenyans embracing reusable shopping bags

Gone are the days when you didn’t care of having a shopping bag with you. Since plastic bags were easily accessible and cheap. And even offered for free at the supermarket.

Nowadays , everyone do their best to always have a reusable bag with them. Since if you have none and need to get something. Then that means you will have a buy a new one. Adding to your budget.

The males too had to embrace the act of having a reusable bags with them.

It’s a good move and practice for our society.

No more flying toilets in plastic

Some slums in Kenya especially in Nairobi were notoriously known for flying toilets. These flying toilets used the plastic bags to transfer these waste. And they rrely cared where it ended up or its healthy effect on the other people.

Human waste can be a very dangerous thing to be exposed to. It’s a waste concentration full of diseases, bacteria and other harmful stuff. So when you get exposed to someone else waste, there’s high possibility of be affected. No wonder there was high rate of diarrhea in such slums.

Air pollution to another problem. The flying toilet will land somewhere where it will burst from being stepped on. The smell that comes from that spill get rid of all the fresh air. Hence creating uncondusive environment.

Waterways are now experiencing less blockage due to absence of plastic

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Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet

Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet

Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet. From the colorful colors and unique shapes. Have you ever seen an “ugly’ tree, flower or even wildlife.

Everything in the natural world is beautiful due to the beauty added by wildlife and flora.

Their beauty have inspired our fashion

Most of the fabrics resemble patterns of both flora and fauna (plants and animals).

Who doesn’t love animal prints. From the amazing stripes resembling zebras, the unique dots inspired by cheetahs, leopards, just to name a few.

This is also one of the threat facing wildlife. Because we not only copy their style, but end up killing them for it. To get a snake skinned bag, or a pouch made of girraffe hide, mats and coats from wildlife fur.

We are allowed to copy cat their style but not kill them. Fur, hide and skin belongs to them. And not to be used for our shoes, bags, coats, etc.

Their beauty offer the best interior and exterior designs

Have you ever visited a place whose decorations and design has been inspired by nature or wildlife. From the furniture, walls, roofing and simply everything in them.

There’s this place where the owner ha constructed an artificial waterfall. He has all kind of colorful birds which have roofless houses. Hence can be able to fly away when they want. An aquarium and all the furniture are from trees at their raw state. No smoothing has been done .

Spending a weekend there is the best idea you can ever have. Allows you to experience nature at a whole other new level.

Gone are the days when we had the boring walls painted of one color. Nowadays, we are not afraid to add more color.

We are also introducing live plants into our living rooms, hotels and any places we spend time at.

Just to confirm how nature brings more than colour into our lives.

They offer companion and more

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