Mentoring Youths in Bird Watching and Conservation

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to engage the youths in bird watching and related activities by starting a weekly bird watching exercise. The initiated by George of Bird Twitcher and Ibrahim Onyango is to identify and support our youths to contribute to the greater conservation of birds around Lake Kanyaboli. Already 30 youths have been identified to participate in our new weekly morning bird watching with which results and sighting shall be recording both in the Kenya Bird Map and here on Bird Twitcher.

To make this work from the beginning we’ve brought together all our essentials birding gears namely the binoculars, birding guidebooks and checklist, notebooks among other birding accessories. To make it effective and observed majority of birds, the team will be conducting weekly morning bird watching both in the swamp and on the dry land. The number of youths showing interest is growing by each day and this too poses a challenge to the few binoculars and guidebook that we have at our disposal. You can always join us with the youths to enjoy our weekly birding with the youths and for the youths.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to engage the youths in bird watching and related activities by starting a weekly bird watching exercise. The initiated by George of Bird Twitcher and Ibrahim Onyango is to identify and support our youths to contribute to the greater conservation of birds around Lake Kanyaboli. Already 30 youths have been identified to participate in our new weekly morning bird watching with which results and sighting shall be recording both in the Kenya Bird Map and here on Bird Twitcher. To make this work from the beginning we’ve brought together all our essentials birding gears namely the binoculars, birding guidebooks and checklist, notebooks among other birding accessories. To make it effective and observed majority of birds, the team will be conducting weekly morning bird watching both in the swamp and on the dry land. The number of youths showing interest is growing by each day and this too poses a challenge to the few binoculars and guidebook that we have at our disposal. You can always join us with the youths to enjoy our weekly birding with the youths and for the youths.

We’ve developed a simple recording tool for the youths, an exercise book divided into two sections to record English name on the left side and a vernacular name against the record bird species. To our surprise majority of the young stars can’t name most common bird species such as common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus in their mother tongue. The reason being no interests have been developed towards birds by these youths. In our day one youths bird watching a total of 22 bird species recorded and these includes the Black-Headed Heron Ardea melanocephala, Hamerkop Scopus u. umbretta, Streaky Seedeater Serinus burtoni, Gabar Gosh hawk Micronisus gabar aequatorius, Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus, Black-headed gonolek among others. For the full list of bird species watched together with the youths you can always check on Kenya Bird Map.
The youths have a long way to go but as volunteers we’re determined to assist them to learn basic birding skills and bird conservation. With youths in bird watching activities we’re hopeful to create more awareness to the community at large.

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