Yesterday my colleague and I joined one of the rangers in their normal patrols in the deepest parts of the forest. We were in section 4 of the forest. We came across a large nest that belonged to the African crowned eagle that was about to nest. Female African eagles are usually larger than the male eagles. Some of the other species of birds that we came across are Grey backed camaroptela, Narina trogon, Black backed puff back and Bugler fetched weaver.
We also came across the Miotoni Stream which is seasonal which was actually challenging to cross as there was no bridge to cross on to the other side and also visited caves. Later on we visited the glade where we found various footprints of a hyena and a bush buck. Finally, we passed by at Ngong racecourse dam where we found Egyptian goose, yellow billed duck and an African black duck.
It was a tough day paddling through the muddy trails due to the heavy rains but was an interesting one.
A story by Catherine and Charles interns
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During the first week at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary we analyzed visitors’ records for the past two years and did a summary of the same. We made a visit to Ngong road forest section five where we visited one of the neighbour’s of the section for horse ridding. Being our first experience we found it hard to ride the horses, but with a help from one of their staff we found out that it was very easy and interesting.
Later in the week we went for a forest walk to familiarize ourselves with the forest and to identify various species of trees and birds. We managed to identify some tree species such as Rawsonia lucida, poison arrow tree and Zanthoxylum usambarense. Some species of birds such as Red collared widow bird, Cinnamon chested bee eater and Northern double collard Sunbird.
at the orientation banda
It was an enjoyable week especially being the first week.
Story by Catherine & Charles – Interns
Members from Kibera and Dagoretti have formed a community Based Organization called Ngong Road Forest Community Association, which then joined the Umbrella Ngong Road Forest Association through which they are able participate in the management of the forest and in turn gain some benefits. The members participate in various projects likes, briquettes making, Soap making, Antiseptic making and Weaving (for women).
Recently at the Ngong road forest sanctuary we were able to introduce to the community members an alternative way of earning income by introducing a tie and dye concept .we invited a trainer who taught the members how to decorate pieces of clothes to make beautiful lessos and kangas for women. This concept is to discourage the community members from engaging in illegal forest practices and to raise money for their upkeep.
story by Jeniffer, Maureen, Pauline and Patrick
Various organizations have found the sanctuary as a perfect destination for their corporate day events due to the many attractive sites it offers and its uniqueness of being an indigenous forest within a city and given that its only 6km from the city. Hence on Saturday for the third time running Ngong road forest sanctuary hosted the chase foundation charity walk. The walk that was dubbed “stand up for African mothers” attracted Over 4000 participants the walk’s main aim was to raise funds for reducing maternal deaths in rural areas through the training of midwives.
Story by Patrick, Jeniffer, Maureen, Pauline and Esther.
Bird ringing is the marking of an individual bird uniquely. It involves placement of special rings on birds or other markers like dye, radio transmitters and satellite tags. This activity involves catching the birds using traps or nets and then extraction of the birds from the nets is done by trained and competent persons. The birds are then placed in bird bags and carried to a ringing station. At the station various activities are carried out like bird identification, measurements of wings, skulls, tarsus and weight. After the ringer collects all information needed they record it in a data book and then put a ring on the bird and release it in hope of trapping them in future.
Ngong road forest sanctuary has stood out as a destination for bird ringing because it hosts several bird species. On Thursday 19th experts from the national museum visited the sanctuary to do bird ringing. Their main interest in catching the birds was to identify parasites in birds. This group of four people engaged us in the activity whereby we were able to carry out the activity from Thursday to Saturday. It was a very successful activity as were able to catch various bird species and we successfully carried out the activity of ringing and collecting all the information that was required.
story by Jeniffer Maina.
For the third year running on Saturday 28th March 2015 Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary will be hosting the chase foundation walk 2015. The walk that is dubbed “Stand up for African mothers” is expected to bring over 4,500 participants whose aim is to raise funds for reducing maternal deaths in rural areas through the training of midwives.The main objective is to raise funds to help reduce maternal mortality by improving the access to health reproductive services. The walk aims to raise money through individual participation and corporate sponsorship.
Preparations are underway to make the event a great success
On Saturday Ngong road forest celebrated the international forest day which was held at Ngong road forest primary school to show the importance of forests and trees in people’s lives. It was a great day attended by various guests who all had something to say about this great day.
The day’s activities involved speeches from various speakers like the head of conservancies, a representative from mother earth and prof.Karanja, the chairman of Karura forest who addressed various issues like deforestation and climate change .There were also presentations from schools like, Lenana Secondary, Precious blood, KMTC, and others. These presentations were in form of songs, choral verses, and a play, all trying to show the importance of forests. It could not be a complete day without planting trees.
A number of trees were planted and those who planted emphasized on the importance of trees. It was a great day celebrated at the Ngong road forest primary and everyone had refreshments and later left at their own pleasure, all having in mind that forest are important and so there is need to conserve them all.
Forests are a major component of the environment all over the world. They are important in various ways for example in the purification of air, form water catchment areas, act as attractions, attract rain and also help in conserving soil by reducing soil erosion. It is therefore important that all forests are conserved so that we can continue enjoying their benefits.
March 21st marks an important day to all forests all over the world. This day is celebrated is celebrated as the international forest day whereby people celebrate it through various ways like planting of trees and creating awareness of the importance of forests. Ngong road forest is one of the organizations’ that will be coming together tomorrow to celebrate the day at Ngong Forest Primary. We will be carrying out various activities like planting trees and also enlightening people on the importance of forests in our country.
We welcome all as we celebrate this great day to appreciate our forests.
Ngong road forest has a lot to offer in terms of tourism products. One of the most attractive products in the forest is the caves. These caves are located in section four of the forest. The caves are easily accessible through the trails in the forest. As one walks to the caves you are able to engage in some form of adventure like hiking and also have a view of the flora and fauna in the forest.
On Wednesday we visited the caves in the company of three rangers. It was an exciting experience as we were able to get into the caves and also took some photos at the beautiful scenery. It was a very enjoyable experience and more to that we enjoyed our walk back to the office because we were able to do some bird watching and learning more of the flora in the forest.
Story by Patrick, Moureen, Jeniffer and Esther.
Forest conservation in Kenya is being faced by many challenges day in day out. These challenges include: poaching, logging, dumping, inadequate work force, insecurity, fire out breaks and human encroachment. Ngong road forest is faced by the above challenges.
Recently with the new developments taking place around the forest, dumping and pollution has been a great challenge in conserving Ngong road forest. Due to the infrastructural developments, there has been a lot of waste that has been dumped in the forest. This is a great challenge as it will greatly affect the flora and fauna in the forest.
Human encroachment is another major challenge that is facing the forest, where by people have taken up part of the forest land and settled there, this has led to reduction of the forest size and also contribute in illegal practices like poaching, logging, forest fires and pollution in the forest.