A BioBlitz At The British High Commissioner To Kenya Residence
October 6th, 2021
On a chilly Friday morning on 3rd September, WildlifeDirect held its first BioBlitz event in Nairobi, in the garden of H.E. Ms Jane Marriott, British High Commissioner to Kenya. The BioBlitz involved ten children from the Wildlife Warriors Kids Club at Red Rose School in Kibra, a low-income district in Nairobi. They were accompanied by two teachers, WildlifeDirect staff, and scientists from Nature Kenya, Mpala Research Centre and the National Museums of Kenya.
A BioBlitz is an amazingly fun way for ordinary people to learn about the species around them. With the help of experts and using the iNaturalist App, our children and H.E. Ms Jane Marriott discovered the surprising richness of birds, trees and insects in a Nairobi garden. It was so engaging that afterwards, the High Commissioner declared that she would re-wild a portion of her garden to promote wild species which captured the attention of the local press. In 3 hours, 58 species were recorded and over 100 observations were made.
We look forward to more invitations by H.E. Ms Jane Marriott, the Fun Ambassador. When we invited experts to participate in supporting the BioBlitz we were so humbled by their patience and passion whose attention to the children has surely changed their lives forever. We are grateful to Dr Dino Martins, Ivy Ng’iru and Ella Frigyik (entomology), Dr Paul Musili and Matthias Mbale (botany), Peter Mureithi and Richard Kipng’eno (ornithology). The event was captured by Boniface Muthoni.