Using the Bird Atlas to Monitor and Control the Invasive House Crow

It is a known fact that the House Crow (Corvus splendens), also called the Indian House Crow, is a serious threat to native birds in Kenya. Being an introduced invasive species from Asia, it is outcompeting several native Kenyan birds and displacing them from nesting and feeding areas. It is still largely confined to the … Continue reading Using the Bird Atlas to Monitor and Control the Invasive House Crow

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The importance of submitting Full Protocol cards on a regular basis (even for already mapped pentads)

Have a look at the Kenya Bird Map coverage map and you will notice that most of the covered pentads have less than 3 full protocol cards submitted (yellow or orange color). 4 is the minimum number of cards needed for bird records from a pentad to be analyzed scientifically beyond just the presence/absence of … Continue reading The importance of submitting Full Protocol cards on a regular basis (even for already mapped pentads)

Kenya Bird Map Expedition to the Mara region and Lake Victoria basin

In order to fill gaps in coverage, the Kenya Bird Map project regularly conducts bird mapping expeditions aimed at collecting data from as many pentads as possible. One such expedition was conducted on the 7th to 17th June 2018 (11 days) in south-western Kenya, where target areas in the greater Masai Mara, Trans Mara and … Continue reading Kenya Bird Map Expedition to the Mara region and Lake Victoria basin

Shortcuts to Help You Find Birds Quicker in BirdLasser When Atlassing

This is an excerpt from the BirdLasser Quick Guide (user manual). It gives some simple tips that will help you find birds easily and quickly on BirdLasser while out in the field bird atlassing (bird mapping): ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Search engine is quite powerful and unconventional. Instead of going with the usual alphabetical search methodology, which, … Continue reading Shortcuts to Help You Find Birds Quicker in BirdLasser When Atlassing

How your Photos can Contribute to Bird Mapping and Wildlife Conservation in Africa

Several people, whether on safari or just out enjoying nature around their home area, take photos of birds and other wildlife. Some use very big expensive cameras while others simply use their phones. Whatever your photographic tools or style, your photos can contribute to conservation by building our understanding of wildlife distribution in Africa. That's … Continue reading How your Photos can Contribute to Bird Mapping and Wildlife Conservation in Africa

Bird ID Tips – Streptopelia Doves (Ring-necked Dove, Red-eyed Dove and allies)

Apart from the Firefinches in our first Bird ID Tips post, another group of birds that Kenya Bird Map observers tend to confuse often is doves of the genus Streptopelia;¬†especially the Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola and Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata. These two are quite similar in appearance and occur together in many areas so it's … Continue reading Bird ID Tips – Streptopelia Doves (Ring-necked Dove, Red-eyed Dove and allies)

Results from the Bird Atlas – Raptor changes since the first Atlas

This is an excerpt from an email by Colin Jackson to the KENYABIRDSNET on March 22 2018. It is a great example of how hard data collected by citizen scientist for the Kenya Bird Map is showing the dramatic changes that have occurred in species distribution since the first Bird Atlas of Kenya in 1989: … Continue reading Results from the Bird Atlas – Raptor changes since the first Atlas