A species' distribution is the most fundamental information needed in order to conserve it. Almost 30 years ago bird records were collected across Kenya that resulted in the book, A Bird Atlas of Kenya that mapped and described the status of all the 1,065 species of birds then recorded in the country. Since then much has changed in terms of habitats and climatic conditions in Kenya and as a result the distributions and status of many of our birds have also dramatically changed – but we don’t know how or to what extent.
Kenya Bird Map aims to map all of Kenya’s bird species and describe their status with the help of valued input from Citizen Scientists – volunteer members of the public who are keen to contribute through going birding and submitting their observations to the project. By pooling the effort of many Citizen Scientist birders, Kenya Bird Map will tell the story of changing bird distributions and abundance - and in so doing provide a powerful tool for conservation.
If you are at all interested in watching birds, have any concern in conserving Kenya’s diverse bird life and enjoy being outside and exploring new places, then the Kenya Bird Map project is for you!
It is an exciting and stimulating project that combines a lot of excellent birding, exploring new and fascinating parts of the country, state-of-the-art technology and communication and serious science to produce dependable results that can be used to take real action for conservation.
The website is still being developed but is fully functional for receiving data and allowing the mapping of species distributions (click on the live link of any species name in the species list for a pentad). To register and receive your login details, email <firstname.lastname@example.org> with your name, telephone number, address and email. You will receive an Observer Number and password allowing you to login to Kenya Bird Map. Your login details will also allow you access to the other Virtual Museum for Africa sites.
There is also an active Facebook Group - find us, follow us and join in.
Kenya Bird Map is a joint initiative of National Museums of Kenya, A Rocha Kenya and the Tropical Biology Association,and implemented in conjuction with Nature Kenya as a project of the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society. The Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town is an implementing partner providing all of the technical support.
The project has been made possible through funding received from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n° 317184 and the Natural History Museum of Denmark.
This material reflects only the authors’ views and the Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
Roseate Tern image by Steffen Foerster
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